Monday, March 03, 2008

In 2000, "there will be no C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet"

Via Leo Laporte,Ladies Home Journal Dec 1900 paleofuture paleo-future here is an actual prediction made in 1900 about the world in 2000. It was supposedly first published in the Ladies Home Journal magazine (click the picture to the right). In case you're wondering, this is an actual magazine first published in 1883 (according to Wikipedia) -- apparently still going strong and has an online presence at

Undoubtedly, predicting the world 100 years ahead is extremely difficult. But some of their predictions came very close. Here's one example:

"Photographs will be Telegraphed from any distance. If there be a battle in China [...] snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspaper an hour later."

That's actually a pretty good prediction. Of course, by 2003/2004 people are snapping pictures with their camera-phones and sharing photos all over the world in a matter of seconds.