From writers predicting future technology to the amazing Nostradamus knowing things we can’t possibly explain.
In 1953, Ray Bradbury published his dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451”, and in a poetic passage in the book, he describes miniature headphones, by saying: “And in her ears the little seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her unsleeping mind.” Now that wireless earbuds do exist, you realize how startlingly accurate Ray’s description really was. How futuristic of him!
7. Online Shopping and Email
Philco-Ford created a video in 1967 called “1999 AD” which depicts an uncanny picture of modern technology. It shows a married couple in rather typical gender roles for the time using very real current-day technology, including email, online shopping, and paying their bills on the internet. When the video was unearthed, it was so accurate that many claimed that it had to be a hoax, but after testing, it has been proven authentic several times over.
6. The Great Fire of London in 1666
As we already mentioned, Nostradamus is well-known for this predictions. Although some of his predictions were ambiguous, one of his most explicit prophecies forecast the Great Fire of London in 1666. He wrote: “The blood of the just will be lacking in London, burnt up in the fire of 66: The ancient Lady will topple from her high place, many of the same sect will be killed.” The Great Fire of London started in a baker’s shop, and burned for 3 days, destroying all of medieval London and killing 6 people.
5. 2013 Golden Globe Winners
In the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, there were 25 categories including best picture and best sound. Even with an in depth knowledge of the industry and years of experience, the odds of getting every winner of every category correct is something like winning the lottery twice while being eaten by a shark and struck by lightning. Either way, Elena Sheppard managed to do exactly that. No one has ever been able to do this amazing feat before or since she did so. Stay away from sharks and lightning, Elena!
4. Debit Card
Debit cards are widely used all around the world, nowadays, and have been popular since the late 1980s. But Edward Bellamy, a science fiction writer, described a similar object in his 1888 utopian novel “Looking Backward, 2000 – 1887.” In chapter 4, one of the characters talks about a “credit corresponding to his share of the annual product of the nation is given to every citizen… and a credit card issued him with which he procures at the public storehouses, whatever he desires.”
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3. File Sharing and Music Streaming Services
In Frank Zappa’s 1989 book “The Real Frank Zappa Book”, he talks about his plan to deliver and sell music through a digital medium, and very accurately discusses the cultural shift in music consumption that would occur in a decade’s time. Even after the rise in popularity of Napster and iTunes, it was still another 10 years before these companies figured out the payment method for purchases… the same payment method which was proposed in his book.
2. Mark Twain’s Own Death
In 1909, Albert Bigelow, who was Mark Twain’s biographer, quoted Twain saying, “I came in with Halley’s comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t. The Almighty said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'” And on 21 April 1910, the day after the comet returned, Mark Twain died.
1. Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler is one of the most infamous names known across the entire world. He was born on 20 April 1889 in Western Europe to poor parents. He had great public speaking skills, and he moved the nation to action in the years after World War 1. Again, Nostradamus strikes with a strangely accurate prediction of the coming of what could only be Hitler. He said: “From the depths of the West of Europe, a young child will be born of poor people, he who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; His fame will increase towards the realm of the East,” and “Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers, the greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister. Into a cage of iron will the great one be drawn, when the child of Germany observes nothing.” Many believe that Hister is a spelling error. It is thought that “Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers” refers to the German army invading France. Many also interpret the Greater Battlefield as the Allied powers that defeated Hitler.