Over the years, countless forecasts about the future have been made. While some of them were proven to be true, others just completely missed the mark. From the world coming to an end to the Beatles flopping, these not-so-accurate predictions almost succeeded in making people believe that they will happen in the future.
Here are some famous predictions from the past that epically failed.
The World Will Come To End
This is probably one of the most famous predictions of all time. The world coming to an end has been predicted multiple times in the past but obviously, none of them actually materialized.
Harold Camping made several forecasts of the world ending. Initially, he predicted that Christ would return and the world would end in mid-September 1994. Apparently, he based his calculations on numbers and dates found in the Bible. Despite being “99.99% certain” about his prediction, the world did not end that year.
He then went on to predict that the world will meet its demise on March 31, 1995, and October 21, 2011 — both of which epically failed.
Women Will Be Giants
In 1950, Associated Press editor Dorothy Roe made an intriguing forecast about women of the future. She predicted that all women would be “six feet tall, wear a size 11 shoe, have shoulders like a wrestler and muscles like a truck driver” by the year 2000.
Roe also predicted that the Amazonian features of these women would allow them to do men’s jobs, play all kinds of sports, and even become president.
Despite Roe’s claims that she used “scientific evidence,” none of her forecasts happened, and women are still in their normal sizes.
The Beatles Will Be A Flop
In 1962, Decca Records executive bluntly told the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, that they have no future in show business. He was so sure that the band will be a flop that he confidently turned them down during an audition.
The Decca executive even criticized the Beatles’ sound and predicted that groups, particularly four-piece groups with guitars, are finished. However, his claims were proven wrong.
The Beatles went on to become one of the most influential music icons in history. They even introduced the world to the era of modern rock ‘n’ roll, making them a huge part of the music industry.
Online Shopping Is Just A Fad
We can all agree that online shopping is one of the most useful and convenient inventions we have today. However, not everyone is a fan of this trend even before it actually existed.
In 1966, TIME magazine published an essay on how the world would look like in the year 2000. Apparently, they predicted that remote shopping would become possible. However, the magazine pontificated that it will never be famous simply because “women like to get out of the house, like to handle the merchandise, like to be able to change their minds.”
While that may be true, it doesn’t stop both men and women to do their shopping online. In fact, it continues to see an upward trend and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
A lot of people almost fell for this infamous prediction. Y2k, also known as Year 2000 or Millennium Bug, got everyone on the edge of their seats before the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2000.
Apparently, analysts predicted that the entire computer networks around the world would crash, causing a widespread dysfunction.
Computers at that time were programmed to record dates using only the last two digits of the year. So when the year 2000 hit, many assumed that it would register as “00” or “1900”.
Many feared that it would cause global data meltdowns. However, none of the dreaded predictions actually happened, and the computer networks remained functional.
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