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Old 08-08-2012, 11:33 AM
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We all need a laugh once in a while..... From the Ladies Home Journal, December 1900.

~ There Will Be No Street Cars in Our Large Cities. All hurry traffic will be below or high above ground when brought within city limits. In most cities it will be confined to broad subways or tunnels, well lighted and well ventilated, or to high trestles with “moving-sidewalk” stairways leading to the top. These underground or overhead streets will teem with capacious automobile passenger coaches and freight with cushioned wheels. Subways or trestles will be reserved for express trains. Cities, therefore, will be free from all noises.

~ There will be air-ships, but they will not successfully compete with surface cars and water vessels for passenger or freight traffic. They will be maintained as deadly war-vessels by all military nations. Some will transport men and goods.

~ No Mosquitoes nor Flies. Insect screens will be unnecessary. Mosquitoes, house-flies and roaches will have been practically exterminated. Boards of health will have destroyed all mosquito haunts and breeding-grounds, drained all stagnant pools, filled in all swamp-lands, and chemically treated all still-water streams. The extermination of the horse and its stable will reduce the house-fly.

~ No Foods will be Exposed. Storekeepers who expose food to air breathed out by patrons or to the atmosphere of the busy streets will be arrested with those who sell stale or adulterated produce. Liquid-air refrigerators will keep great quantities of food fresh for long intervals.

~ There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary. Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by the newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas, and will be more extensively spoken than any other. Russian will rank second.

~ How Children will be Taught. A university education will be free to every man and woman.

~ There will be no wild animals except in menageries. Rats and mice will have been exterminated. The horse will have become practically extinct.

~ To England in Two Days. Fast electric ships, crossing the ocean at more than a mile a minute, will go from New York to Liverpool in two days.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:46 PM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Funny. I loved the nyc to Liverpool in only 2 days! Little did they know that's is possible for us to fly to London spend the weekend and fly home and I'm I'm Colorado.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:04 PM
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The one I like was

Cities, therefore, will be free from all noises.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:14 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Actually, quite a few of them are surprisingly accurate.

99.9% of world freight still goes by sea.

We did try to fill in all the swamps, until we discovered the possible effects of such an ecological disaster. Mosquito-borne diseases have been eliminated in rich industrial countries, and to hell with everyone else.

Amazingly, spelling changes prophetically anticipated texting, but it took a little more than 100 years. In the year 2000, we didn't yet see that coming.

The free university education failed to take into account the iron grip of capitalism, guaranteeing that nothing would ever be free or accessible to the poor, a concept destructive to the core of the sacred profit motive.

Russian did become the second most important language, 50 years after this prediction, but didn't last through the century.

We did indeed, despite the aircraft, develop mile-a-minute oversea large passenger vessels, but it is used only for short runs.

And, only now, we have the prospect of the electric car dominating the cityscape, reducing urban noise to a fraction of the recent value. Shopping mall outdoor environments have for a long time been quieter than the business districts of cities in the first half of the 20th century.

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