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What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago


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#1 Matt.

 
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:59 AM

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I found this article on Gizmodo and it's actually pretty interesting to read through.  It's an article from Ladies Home Journal, listing their predictions for what the future would be like in 100 years. Kind of cool to see some of things they were correct on.

 

This has been out for several years but this is the first time I've encountered it and thought it was really neat.

 

Here is the article from Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5...-that-came-true

And here is the original article from Ladies Home Journal: http://www.viceland....ome-Journal.jpg


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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:09 AM

I love stuff like this :)

 

And also, i love old Ladies Home Journals. Creepy old shit. I'm glad we've progressed.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:19 AM

This is cool. Look at that lovely Art Nouveau typography

 

I've been watching The Twilight Zone on Netflix and even some of the things in that show from 50s-60s is interesting. I can't remember the episode but they mention traveling into space to around like 2015 or something and it was all futuristic/distopian hahah



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:19 AM

They thought we'd get rid of the letters C, X or Q? I can kind of understand X and Q if I really try, but C? Wow that's weird haha.

 

Interesting reads.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

They thought we'd get rid of the letters C, X or Q? I can kind of understand X and Q if I really try, but C? Wow that's weird haha.

 

Interesting reads.

 

Because C sounds can generally be made with either k's or s's.....though I don't know how they'd expect to replace things with ch- in them.....



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

Everyone will walk ten miles a day? If anything we walk less than ever before, thanks to the invention of cars. Oh, dear...

 

 

Edit: And free university education for everyone. Not in Cameron's and Clegg's Britain, it won't be. Bless 'em, they had expectations of us.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

"No mosquitoes nor Flies." I wish :P

 

This is really fascinating though, in all seriousness. I'll have to read the whole time later. It's interesting how they predicted Americans would be bigger. The other day I was looking in an antique store at hats from the early 1900s and I couldn't wear them because they were all a little too small.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:08 PM

"Everyone will walk ten miles. Gymnastics will begin in the nursery, where toys and games will be designed to strengthen the muscles. Exercise will be compulsory in the schools. Every school, college, and community will have a complete gymnasium. All cities will have public gymnasiums. Any man or woman unable to walk ten miles at a stretch will be regarded as a weakling."

 

Telegraphing to the past: 

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

This is cool. Look at that lovely Art Nouveau typography

 

I've been watching The Twilight Zone on Netflix and even some of the things in that show from 50s-60s is interesting. I can't remember the episode but they mention traveling into space to around like 2015 or something and it was all futuristic/distopian hahah

Yeah. I just finished watching all of the episodes. I love that show. I like the one with the prisoner that lives on the asteroid, the writers were very creative.


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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

This reminds me when in Back to the Future they said we will have flying cars in 2015, 2 years from now.

 

Nope.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:24 PM

This reminds me when in Back to the Future they said we will have flying cars in 2015, 2 years from now.

 

Nope.

Shh! That could still happen! :Angry



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:30 PM

"There will be no C, X or Q in everyday language, they will be abandoned from lack of necessity. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas". Whoever's read 1984,  this sounds a bit like newspeak don't you think


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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:32 PM

Shh! That could still happen! :angry

i guess your right. i just found a pic of a recent prototype: http://media.komonew...lying_car_2.jpg



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:40 PM

i guess your right. i just found a pic of a recent prototype: http://media.komonew...lying_car_2.jpg

That's just a small airplane. :ANGRY I will wait for something like this:

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:50 PM


"There will be no C, X or Q in everyday language, they will be abandoned from lack of necessity. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas". Whoever's read 1984,  this sounds a bit like newspeak don't you think

That, and I also thought of the book Ella Minnow Pea where they slowly get rid of like every letter of the alphabet. :lol:

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:53 PM

This so cool to read.

 

I, for one, would enjoy a strawberry the size of an apple :D

 

and I'm glad they didn't get rid of the letter C.  :lol:

 

It's interesting though about the "condensed langage" part, in a way they were right if you look at how we text (and often type).



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:19 PM

I read that kind of things and I start wondering: were they too much advanced for those times or are we so retarded that we haven't done some of those things yet? xD



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:23 PM

There's a great blog dedicated to this subject, one that I've found fascinating

http://blogs.smithso...om/paleofuture/



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

Heh that's pretty cool. It would be interesting to think what we'd expect 100 years from now. Then again with the recent technological advancements a lot more is possible. 



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

It's funny to see how right or close they were about quite a lot of things! And also how silly some other things seem in the light of today's knowledge (the eradication or extinction of bugs and horses).

"There will be no C, X or Q in everyday language, they will be abandoned from lack of necessity. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas". Whoever's read 1984,  this sounds a bit like newspeak don't you think

Yeah, first thing I thought of when I saw that.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

this is a pretty good read, and quite interesting



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:11 PM

Everyone will walk ten miles a day? If anything we walk less than ever before, thanks to the invention of cars. Oh, dear...

 

 

Edit: And free university education for everyone. Not in Cameron's and Clegg's Britain, it won't be. Bless 'em, they had expectations of us.

Not if you're a Scot like me! Haha.

 

Great article though; loved it. Just goes to show that no matter how hard we try, there is no hope in trying to predict the future. 


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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

Fascinating, sometimes overly hopeful, sometimes we exceeded expectations... nice to read.




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