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    Smiling Down On Youse SurferJoe46's Avatar
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    Talking It Is The Future Now!

    50 years ago, Popular Mechanics, a...er...POPULAR magazine of mechanical things and prognostications made some startling ...er....PROGNOSTICATIONS.

    Chech out what came true...and didn't...... here.


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    Default Re: It Is The Future Now!

    Well, they got one nearly correct; "Shop by picture phone." Equivalent to internet shopping I'd say.

    Some others:

    "It is a crime to burn raw coal and pollute air with smoke and soot" = air pollution laws.


    "Tablecloths and napkins are made of woven paper yarn so fine that the untutored eye mistakes it for linen." = I have seen such tablecloths in good restuarants.

    But the most ridiculous diagram is the housewife cleaning the sofa with a garden hose!

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    Default Re: It Is The Future Now!

    Along similar lines:

    Lee De Forest has said in many newspaper articles that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public.....has been persuaded to buy stock in his company: - US District Attorny at the fraud trial of Lee De Forest - "father of Radio", 1913.

    What can be more absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives travelling twice as fast as stagecoaches?: - The Quarterly Review, 1825

    The actual building of roads devoted to motor cars is not for the near future: - Harpers Weekly, 1902

    Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons: - Popular Mechanics, 1949

    And best of all:
    The day of the battleship has not passed and it is highly unlikely that n airplane or a fleet of them, could ever successfully sink a fleet of navy vessels under battle conditions: - Franklin Roosevelt, US Asst. Secretary of the Nvy, 1922

    As far as sinking a ship with a bomb is concerned you just can't do it: - Rear Admiral Clark Woodward, USN, 1939

    Tora, tora, tora: - Japanese aviator, 7 Dec, 1941.

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    Default Re: It Is The Future Now!

    ...and I remember the tout that nuclear-produced electricity would be so cheap that it would be free by the year 1965.


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