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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Portrait of a Past Future

Check out these predictions made in 1900 about life in 2000. Some of them were on the mark ("Photographs will reproduce all of Nature’s colors"), some were just wishful thinking ("A university education will be free to every man and woman"), and some were just plain wrong.

There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary.
All cities will have public gymnasiums. A man or woman unable to walk ten miles at a stretch will be regarded as a weakling.
Insect screens will be unnecessary. Mosquitoes, house-flies and roaches will have been practically exterminated.

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