Time and again, there have been people who claim that they can foresee the future and they have even made predictions about it. Most of us wouldn’t even give a second thought about the predictions but, the truth is some of those predictions have indeed come true, and that too in almost the same way as predicted. Creepy, right? To think that someone in the past had the foresight to look into the future, could ‘see’ what was going to happen. No doubt that at that time their statements would have sounded weird and they would have been mocked. But who’s laughing now? Read on to find out the most baffling (at that time ofcourse!) predictions that came true.
- Shifting of the Earth’s poles – “Question: What great change or the beginning of what change, if any, is to take place in the earth in the year 2,000 to 2,001 A.D.? Answer: When there is a shifting of the poles; or a new cycle begins.“(826-8 given August 11, 1936). This was predicted by Edgar Cayce in 1936. Such was his knowledge that he predicted such an important phenomenon such a long time ago. Scientists have affirmed that this is indeed happening. And this is bad news for all of us as we won’t be protected by the harmful space radiation!
- World War II – As if the first one wasn’t bad enough! The first world war officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. French Marshal Ferdinand Foch said that, “This is not peace. It is an armistice for twenty years“. And we all know when the second world war started. Yep, that’s right. It started in 1939.
- Photography, mobile phones and television – This was predicted by John Elfreth Watkins in 1900. He wrote an article outlining the things he thought would happen in the coming 100 years. He said, “Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence, snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later…. photographs will reproduce all of nature’s colours.” and, “Man will see around the world. Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at a span.” For the mobile phones he said, “Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago. We will be able to telephone to China quite as readily as we now talk from New York to Brooklyn.”
- Video-on-demand and HD display – I guess these are something we are really thankful for. This was predicted by Roger Ebert in 1987. He said,“We will have high-definition, wide-screen television sets and a push-button dialing system to order the movie you want at the time you want it. You’ll not go to a video store but instead order a movie on demand and then pay for it. Videocassette tapes as we know them now will be obsolete both for showing prerecorded movies and for recording movies. ” . He said this when the Omni magazine interviewed him. Must have sounded so philosophical and totally crazy at that time.
- The Cold war – “There are now two great nations in the world which, starting from different points, seem to be advancing toward the same goal: the Russians and the Anglo-Americans …. Their point of departure is different and their paths diverse; nevertheless, each seems called by some secret desire of Providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world,”, this was written by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1840. And this sure did come true!
- The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – This list would be incomplete without Nostradamus. The destruction by atomic bomb was predicted by Nostradamus. He said, “Near the gates and within two cities There will be scourges the like of which was never seen, Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief.”
So what do you think? Which one was the most baffling. I think all of them. Just one word, FORESIGHT.