August 1st, 2010

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[FORUM] Which failed predictions stand out most in your mind?

Gerry Canavan reminded me most unexpectedly of the classic March 1995 episode of The Simpsons, "Lisa's Wedding", which explored Lisa's wedding on the far-off date of ... Sunday, the 1st of August, 2010.

Lisa Marie Simpson's Wedding Invitation: Sunday, 1 August 2010

The title of Canavan's post is "We Are Become Old."

The above doesn't count as a serious prediction, but it's common knowledge that futurologists and ordinary people interested in what the future may bring have made highly specific predictions about future events which almost invariably turned out wrong, often hilariously or thankfully wrong. There hasn't been a Third World War, for instance, we don't have lunar resort colonies, and we haven't run out of food as per the Ehrlichs.

What failed predictions stick out in your mind?