Monday, December 12, 2011

Are We in the Future?

Monday Musings on This 'N That


Kaye Dacus is a favorite blogger of mine. She posted an article from Ladies' Home Journal, "What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years" by John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. Mr. Watkins made his twenty-nine predictions in 1900. Some of them are almost bizarre, some have come true, but some have not.

Before I read thoroughly enough to realize that these predictions were made in 1900, I got excited about a few of them. I wouldn’t be here is a  hundred years but just the thought of some of the things that might happen caused me to share these predictions.

But, you know, let’s look at some of the twenty-nine things I really wish would have happened.

Exciting Prediction #1: “No Mosquitoes nor Flies” Mr.Watkins backed up this prediction by saying that Boards of Health would destroy all mosquito breeding grounds and the extinction of horses and their stables would reduce the flies.

Exciting Prediction #2: “There will be no wild animals except in menageries. Rats and mice will have been exterminated.” That’s good news to my ears. You know I’m afraid of snakes. So, no wild animals, no snakes. Now if the roach bug could become extinct!!! I read once where a Southern gentleman kills the bugs (not the ladies). In the South we rarely have winters cold enough to kill off the bugs. That’s the biggest thing that bugs (pun intended) me about living in the South.

Exciting Prediction #3: “Few drugs will be swallowed or taken into the stomach unless needed for the direct treatment of that organ itself.” Double wow! I do not swallow pills easily. When I was in elementary school and needed to take a pill, Daddy would take me into the furnace room (why that room I don’t know), tell me to open my mouth wide, and he would throw the pill into my throat. It’s a wonder one of the pills didn’t go into my lungs and I might not be here today.

These predictions were right on: “Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance.”/ “Man will see around the world.”/“Telephones around the world.” All done now by internet and wireless phones.

Take a look at all these predictions made in 1900 and see how far off and how close to the truth the items were. You can read them here  I'd love your comments on these predictions.


Till next time ... keep on smiling.

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