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(MSNBC)   Book printed in 1892 -- which predicted bullet trains, digital watches and the Ryder Cup -- is sold for $2,240   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 101
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2005-01-22 05:08:13 PM  
I would be more impressed if he predicted Fark.
 
2005-01-22 05:35:51 PM  
Ray Kurzweil predicts that well all exist within fark by 2020, happy times indeed - I call boobies links
 
2005-01-22 05:40:06 PM  
i'm guessing the word "digital" didn't exist in 1892 as used in today's context, so the article could have been a little bit more detailed by providing the exact predictions to see how close he really was...

sorta like when people take one of Nostradamus' generic predictions and apply their own details to it to make it seem like he was right... "someday there will be a moustached man who wants to take over the world" gets turned into "omfg Nostradamus predicted the rise/fall of hitler, the third reich, Nazism and WW II!!!!" or something like that....
 
2005-01-22 07:16:58 PM  
So that's where John Titor ended up.

Man, that temporal backlash is a mother, ain't it?
 
2005-01-22 07:48:46 PM  
Biff Tannen wanted for questioning.

 
2005-01-22 10:03:31 PM  
Gig103: Biff Tannen wanted for questioning.

heh. I was thinking the same thing.
 
2005-01-22 10:05:10 PM  
I still believe that digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
 
2005-01-22 10:05:15 PM  
They never matched up the bullet that killed your old man.
 
2005-01-22 10:06:35 PM  
Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (1888) had the same premise. More communistic, and no golf. I guess this guy wanted to do something believable.
 
2005-01-22 10:07:20 PM  
I guess it's poetic justice. Two McFly's....with the same gun.
 
2005-01-22 10:08:33 PM  
How does one describe these inventions in 19th century terms? A watch that only displays numbers? A really, really fast train? A golf competition composed of many countries?

Sounds like stuff pretty much anyone could have come up with back then, and probably did.

/My prediction : Really, really fast planes and space travel.
 
2005-01-22 10:08:45 PM  
"McCullogh, also predicted women would start dressing like men and do all the work while the menfolk took to the golf courses full-time"

I think thats partially correct.
 
2005-01-22 10:09:24 PM  
//Also computers that talk back to you, though mostly telling "Yo Momma" jokes
 
2005-01-22 10:10:48 PM  
"And, lo, a man adorned in the Hallow Eve's costume of a sky-gunner shall seize the reigns of country painted with the red of Christian elephants and, in doing so, shall signal the rise of the Fourth Horseman who shall be known as Nuke Yular.

Your lucky numbers are: 7, 25, 13, 5, 32"
 
2005-01-22 10:10:54 PM  
Verne? Is that you?
 
2005-01-22 10:11:16 PM  
 
2005-01-22 10:13:04 PM  
/Agnes Nutter says "Told ya so!"
 
2005-01-22 10:13:21 PM  
I predict that mine is not the last comment.
 
2005-01-22 10:13:57 PM  
What's amazing about that book is the opening line:

"In the year 2000, Conan O'Brien will host a late night talk show."
 
2005-01-22 10:14:02 PM  
I, for one, welcome our new/old future telling Overlords...
 
2005-01-22 10:15:24 PM  
N. S. Radieaux, you gotta update your tag, man.
 
2005-01-22 10:15:49 PM  
McCullogh even predicted international team golf competitions like the Ryder Cup

I bet he didn't predict we'd get our asses handed to us this year.
 
2005-01-22 10:16:27 PM  
Thosw: Good Omens was pure comic gold. All you farkers take heed and read it.
 
2005-01-22 10:16:40 PM  
#2 "Johnny Carson will be writing jokes for Letterman."
 
2005-01-22 10:18:04 PM  
#3 A black man will make his living playing golf.
 
2005-01-22 10:18:30 PM  
anyone else got any links of old-time predictions / forecasts? say from 17th, 18th, 19th or early to mid 20th? notwithstanding that RAND prediction of the 2004 home computer of course ;)
 
2005-01-22 10:18:42 PM  
The last line of the book is funny in light of the circumstances:

"But we can safely assume that no Negro man will ever get to play the game of golf, as the skill isn't in their genes."
 
2005-01-22 10:18:47 PM  
Alchemist93: Good Omens was full of forced jokes and lame clichees. Deserves to be ignored.
 
2005-01-22 10:19:00 PM  
I predict this won't be the last comment either
 
2005-01-22 10:20:05 PM  
 
2005-01-22 10:20:29 PM  
Lace Valentine:

The last line of the book is funny in light of the circumstances:

"But we can safely assume that no Negro man will ever get to play the game of golf, as the skill isn't in their genes."



Ha, beat ya to it..... but nicely played, however.
 
2005-01-22 10:20:35 PM  
And the award goes to...RoachAC

Sorry 'bout that Fantastic_Dan, I'm fairly new here and just getting acquainted with the intricacies of posting HTML stuff.
 
2005-01-22 10:21:13 PM  
Yes you did, Sungam, yes you did.
 
2005-01-22 10:22:10 PM  
number 183: african-americans will get their own network

/not a wacist
 
2005-01-22 10:22:57 PM  
Ya well, that's nothing.

Kerry predicted he'd win the election by a landslide... uh...
or maybe it was being buried in an avalanche of Bush votes,
it was one of the two.

/gone to go look it up... back soon.
 
2005-01-22 10:22:59 PM  
I'm increasingly of the opinion that we made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place.
 
2005-01-22 10:24:42 PM  
 
2005-01-22 10:25:49 PM  
I wonder if he predicted you could download his book from Bit Torrent.
 
2005-01-22 10:25:59 PM  
They sell this book at Brooks Brothers. I got it for my dad two Christmases ago. He loves golf and golf history and golf fiction and sci-fi, if it has to do with golf, so this book seemed like a right match for him. And he enjoyed it. I think I paid $20ish. Someone should have told this bidder.
 
2005-01-22 10:28:00 PM  
 
2005-01-22 10:28:19 PM  
Some of his predictions are hit and miss, like this one:

"The male Scot will most definitely return to the kilt at all hours of the day and night, while women will wear the pants and do the plumbing. There shall be no mystery as to what kilted men wear underneath, for at every moment they are sodden with drink, the Scots will curtsey in the most inappropriate manner, revealing the twin hams that the Deity gave them for shame and modesty, not for show."
 
2005-01-22 10:28:46 PM  
SPARKS lyrics - "I Predict"

You're gonna take a walk in the rain
And you're gonna get wet
(I predict)

You're gonna eat a bowl of chow mein
And be hungry real soon
(I predict)
Are my sources correct
(I predict)
They're gonna find the Queen is a man
But that Philip don't care
(I predict)
Lassie will prove that Elvis and her
Had a fleeting affair
(I predict)
Are my sources correct
Are my sources correct
Yes I know they're corect
(I predict)

Men, if you say your prayers
You'll never lose your hair(I predict)

L.A. is safe
Ain't gonna quake
Ain't gonna quake
(I predict)

And somebody's gonna die
But I can't reveal who
Cold beer will cure a cold
Cold beer and pretzels, takes care of cancer
Moscow will march to France
They'll do the Can-Can Dance
Don't worry, it'll work out
Maxim's will throw them out

They're gonna stop Saturday night
So you better have fun now
(I predict)
They're gonna stop having the sun
So you better get tan now

And this song will fade out
And this song will fade out
And this song will fade out
(I predict)
 
2005-01-22 10:29:38 PM  
Lace Valentine:

What's amazing about that book is the opening line:

"In the year 2000, Conan O'Brien will host a late night talk show."


I love his year 2000 bits.
 
2005-01-22 10:33:43 PM  
Rendrago

looks like a high-schooler wrote it, but the predictions are cool.
 
2005-01-22 10:37:20 PM  
mpemba:

I'm increasingly of the opinion that we made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place.

But did you win an award for the fjords?

Oh, and I am the luckiest man in the world. Farker Forty-Two is my fiancee. =D
 
2005-01-22 10:37:23 PM  
I call shenanigans. I'm thinking this was written only a couple of years ago and the whole 1892 thing is a marketing ploy.
 
2005-01-22 10:43:26 PM  
Photo of the old copy of the book for auction

 
2005-01-22 10:45:48 PM  
Weaver95:

So that's where John Titor ended up.

Man, that temporal backlash is a mother, ain't it?


I'm with weaver, had to be written in 2065 or better.

/second that temporal backlash thingee
 
2005-01-22 10:47:18 PM  
What an awesome thread. Ray Kurzweil, Back to the Future II, and Good Omens all brought up in one thread. BOW TO THIS THREAD.

By the way, the BTTF Sports Almanac was recently purchased for $5000 on eBay by the runner-up bidder for Elektra's $10,300 bustier. They threw in the Oh, La La magazine free.

"It came with the dustjacket, from back in the days before dust-proof paper. And speaking of dust, here's a quaint little artifact from the 1980s; it's called 'the Dustbuster.'"
 
2005-01-22 10:49:03 PM  
I predict Golf in the year 3000 will be played by robots, who in their spare time mock old B movies.
 
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