Predictions of the 21st century from a 1901 newspaper

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    Jan 16, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    The headline of the site makes an error in dating this at 2011 when actually the newspaper article is predicting for 2001.

    Some interesting stuff! Some of these predictions are spot on or close. Others are way off and laughable.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/burnred/predictions-of-what-2011-would-be-like-in-a-1911-n-281t
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:16 AM GMT
    The first paragraph says the prediction are for 2001. But still pretty interesting to note. They were so utilitarian and utopian. It's like reading Jules Verne.

    An American Union would be pretty cool. NAFTA doesn't count.

    English will be first and Russian will be second? Little did they know about the Chinese or the Indians.

    "Everyone will walk ten miles...A man unable to walk 10 miles in a stretch will be regarded as a weakling." Ha ha ha

    "Etiquette and housekeeping will be important studies..."

    Have there been any predictions for the next 100 years? Granted we will not progress as much as in the previous century, but it will be nice to see them.
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Apparently they didn't predict the population explosion of Latin America in the 20th century either to make Spanish the #2 language today icon_cool.gif

    I'm surprised about the prediction about Russian as the #2 language back then also. And that was well before the Russian Revolution and creation of the Soviet Union. Although the Russian Empire in 1901 was bigger than the Soviet Union when established in 1922. The use of Russian has only decreased since the Soviet Union split up.

    I was particularly impressed with the prediction of the population of America today. The author was not terribly far off!
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    pocketnico said
    I'm surprised about the prediction about Russian as the #2 language back then also. And that was well before the Russian Revolution and creation of the Soviet Union. Although the Russian Empire in 1901 was bigger than the Soviet Union when established in 1922. The use of Russian has only decreased since the Soviet Union split up.

    At that time, the Russian Empire had the third highest population after the Chinese and the British Empire. They had recently defeated the Ottoman Empire.
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:41 AM GMT
    LMAO.. that was kinda fun and interesting!
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:42 AM GMT
    I already love that article simply based on its Art Noveau styling.
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    The paragraph about getting to England in two days cracks me up. If only the author knew now...
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidThe paragraph about getting to England in two days cracks me up. If only the author knew now...
    Yup.. six hours is slow now!
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:53 AM GMT
    I really liked this. Some of these have a great enthusiasm and hope for the future which came true, such as the immediacy of information, communication and images. Others it's kind of sad how the opposite happened, such as this article hoping man's athletic health would overall improve more and more while today a lot of the first world is fatter and sicker than ever.
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI really liked this. Some of these have a great enthusiasm and hope for the future which came true, such as the immediacy of information, communication and images. Others it's kind of sad how the opposite happened, such as this article hoping man's athletic health would overall improve more and more while today a lot of the first world is fatter and sicker than ever.


    It really puts things into perspective, no? It certainly gave me a lot to think about. If anything, it reaffirmed me that it pays to be optimistic about the future even when things are currently far from perfect or ideal.
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    Jan 16, 2012 7:30 AM GMT
    The predictions of 2011 from 1911 sound entirely too optimistic compared to the shit we live in today. Free education my ass.
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    Jan 16, 2012 10:51 AM GMT
    Extermination of the horse in order to rid the world of the house-fly. I like this extreme thinking.
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