15 Predictions Were Made by People a Century Ago and Some of Them are Eerily Accurate In 2023
We like to think that if only we could predict our future our life would have been so much easier. Everyone is fascinated with their future to some degree and the world is not short of fortune tellers and mystics who claim to know exactly what is going to happen ten years down. However, a researcher at the University of Calgary created a Twitter thread full of predictions that dates from 1923, and the scary accuracy of the predictions caused Paul Fairie’s thread to go viral. So far the thread has been viewed over 10 million times and has amassed over 60000 likes and several retweets. So, without overthinking about our future let's take a look at the 15 most fascinating predictions which were made a century ago.
1. Gasoline Will Get Replaced By Radio
The Minneapolis Journal published, "It is an attractive prophecy that Glenn Curtiss, the airplane authority, gives off air flight. He predicts that by the year 2023 gasoline as a motive power will have been replaced by radio and that the skies will be filled with myriad craft sailing over well-defined routes."
2. Canadian Population Will Blow Up
"Canada may well have 100,000,000 people. She is powerful now, with her fine equipment for transport, commerce, and trade, equipment sufficient to serve twice the number of people she has today, and with a 100,000,000 population, who can set bounds to the power of Canada 100 years from now." However, this prediction is still not a reality as Canada only has a population of about 38 million people.
Canada will have a population of 100 million pic.twitter.com/VrMhOuY6LV— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
3. Increase In Life Expectancy
As per this prediction, "by 2023 the average life of man could be increased to 100 years. In individual cases, it could be increased to 150, perhaps 200 years," which is still not true because as per Guinness World Records, the oldest person living is Lucile Randon who is 118 years and 73 days old, as verified on 25 April 2022.
Life expectancy will be 100 years pic.twitter.com/BoMSivRiMS— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
4. Wearing Kidney Cosies To Keep Them Warm
"Kidney cosies will be worn to protect the kidneys on chilly days, just the same as a teapot in the north is kept warm by a 'tea cosy,' " the prediction read and it's safe to assume that no one even knows what exactly is that on today's date.
5. No More Private Kitchens
"The private kitchen will disappear. Tomorrow's food will be seasoned and prepared by chemical formulas, which will preserve the freshness of fruits and meats, rid them of indigestible qualities, and send them to the table ready to use. Instead of sauces that merely cozen the palate, we shall have delectable blends of concentrated vitamins, calories, ferments, and tissue tonics." This prediction isn't true yet but who knows what we can get in the future with all the scientific advancement.
Private kitchens will disappear pic.twitter.com/mMiyY9hmGy— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
6. Curly Hair For Men
Another prediction by an anthropologist stated that "men will curl their hairs by 2023". It was also written that the statement was based on the trend of masculine and feminine styles. We can say that male and female fashion and style have evolved over the decades and men do try out curly hairstyles in 2023.
7. Women Shaving Their Heads
As per this prediction, gender stereotypes will disappear in the future as women start to shave off their heads by their own will. The snippet read: "Good night! It is now predicted that by the year 2023 - only a mere little stretch of a century ahead - women will probably be shaving their heads! And the men will be wearing curls. Also, the maidens may pronounce it the height of style in personal priming to blacken their teeth. Won't we be pretty? - Savannah News."
Women will blacken their teeth and shave their heads pic.twitter.com/nyvMFJBXiz— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
8. Quick Flights Across The North Pole
An excerpt predicted: "A new Polar airline is opened making flights across the north pole from Chicago to Hamburg possible in 18 hours."
Flights from Chicago to Hamburg will only take 18 hours pic.twitter.com/Ln7CrvTZ7K— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
9. Long Life Expectancy
According to another prediction about human lifespan, a snippet read: "A scientist says a century from now the average length of human life will be 300 years. Quite a change. We of today have been living that long about once a month."
Life expectancy will be 300 years pic.twitter.com/XkJMrEFHh8— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
10. No More Newspapers
"In reading a forecast of 2023 when many varieties of aircraft are flying through the heavens, we do not begin the day by reading the world's news, but by listening to it for the newspaper has gone out of business more than half a century before," the prediction read. Surprisingly enough, even in this digital age, we still have newspapers.
Newspapers will have been out of business for 50 years pic.twitter.com/1l59XTdwEz— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
11. The U.S.A Population
The prediction says, "The population of the United States in the year 2023, probably 300.000,000, will imply an immense progress in the drainage of our low lands, in the irrigation of arid lands." This is shockingly accurate because the American population currently stands at over 332 million people.
The US will have a population of 300 million pic.twitter.com/wpnxiUcuPg— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
12. No More Cancer
"Cancer, tuberculosis, infantile paralysis, locomotor ataxia, and leprosy will be eradicated," the prediction read but unfortunately, we still have countless people across the globe who are suffering from cancer.
13. No More Ugly People
As per the prediction: "Beauty contests will be unnecessary as there will be so many beautiful people that it will be almost impossible to select winners. The same will apply to baby contests." But on today's date, there are people who follow unrealistic beauty standards and go to dangerous extents to look 'perfect.'
14. Work Only 4 Hours Per Day
During the days of the pandemic, the work culture has drastically changed and several workplaces have introduced flexible work hours for their employees. Dr. Charles P. Stein- Metz predicted: "the electrical expert, believes that the time is coming when there will be no long drudgery and that people will toil not more than four hours a day, owing to the work of electricity. He visualizes an amazing transformation in life in 2023. Every city will be a 'spotless town.' That is to be the work of electricity, also."
The work day will be four hours long pic.twitter.com/YFwCYnXJL0— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023
15. Radio Telephones
With the rapid advancement in technology, we have everything at the tip of our fingers and with just a click we can connect to anyone on the other side of the world. So this prediction is absolutely accurate. The prediction stated: "By 2023 there'll be no mail between New York and San Francisco. Pittsburgh and London concerns will record, on talking films, orders from merchants in Peking, and 1,000-mile-an-hour freighters will make deliveries of goods before sunset. Watch-size radio telephones will keep everybody in communication with the ends of the earth."
War will be wireless and we might have telepathy pic.twitter.com/yj3LLJRxF6— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) January 1, 2023