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18 Predictions About The Future That History Proved Way, Way Wrong

Updated June 14, 2019 39.2k votes 5.8k voters 201.9k views18 items

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Nothing ages more poorly in pop culture than bad predictions. Made with the best intentions, and then memorialized in print, future prediction fails show just how foolish it is to try and predict the future. Despite how easy The Simpsons makes premonitions look, funny predictions from the past often land far from the intended mark. In fact, many of the past predictions about the future seen below sound more like jokes today than educated guesses about the trajectory of humanity. Given the number of times humans have failed to predict the end of the world, you would think people would watch what they put out into the universe.

With terrible foresight ranging from the home computer to the legacy of the world's greatest musicians, predictions that never panned out like the ones below are now great laughs to look back on. Well, most of them. Naming OJ Simpson as a presidential candidate is like saying a reality show star will make it to the White House. Oh wait...

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    Does Not Compute

    Does Not Compute
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    I Don't Like The Sound Of This...

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    The Day After Tomorrow

    The Day After Tomorrow
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    You Should Stay Silent

    You Should Stay Silent
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