Humans have always been obsessed with the future. The great question of “What will happen next…?” sits on the mind of everybody from a man living on the street to the richest of billionaires. Most occupy their time trying to shape current events to meet their future ideals. But others examine what is happening now and attempt to predict what will happen as a result. The results are mixed, but sometimes (and often unintentionally or unexpectedly) people get it right. Here are 25 more mind blowing future predictions that came true.
Idea courtesy of Youtube viewer Jay Dupree.
US Army Air Serviceman predicted the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1925.
Gen. Billy Mitchell gained notoriety for the success of his flight programs against the Germans in WWI, after which he went on record predicting a future aerial attack: “Attack will be launched as follows: Bombardment, attack to be made on Ford Island (in Pearl Harbor) at 7:30 AM. Attack to be made on Clark Field (Philippines) at 10:40 AM.”
Frank Zappa proposes the rise of File Sharing and Music Streaming Services…in 1989.
In “The Real Frank Zappa Book,” he lays out a plan detailing how to both deliver and charge for music in a digital medium and very accurately lays out the cultural shift in music consumption that wouldn’t occur for another decade. Even after the rise of Napster and iTunes, it took another decade for companies to figure out the exact sort of payment system he proposed.
Prince Vladimir Odoevsky essentially predicted social media in 1835.
In his novel, “Year 4338,” the Russian novelist describes with impressive accuracy blogging, status updates, and even instant messaging. All this, at least a decade before the telegraph was brought to the public.
French Marshall predicted the Second World War, just as the first one ended.
French Marshal Ferdinand Foch played a major role in many of World War I’s campaigns. When the war came to an end, he didn’t believe it was truly the end, being quoted as saying, “This is not peace. It is an armistice for twenty years.” It turns out he was almost exactly right as the second world war officially began twenty years and sixty-eight days later.
The TV show “Laugh-In” correctly predicted the Ronald Reagan presidency and fall of the Berlin Wall.
In 1969, the show had a segment called “News of the Future,” which was supposed to be comedy but got a couple of things dead on. They did stories about Ronald Reagan as President in 1988 and another about the Berlin Wall coming down the Exact Year it actually did in 1989.