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Fake Quotes About the Future
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 08, 2014
The Paleofuture blog offers a list of 7 Famous Quotes About the Future That Are Actually Fake. For instance, the Commissioner of the US Patent Office, Charles Duell, did not say in 1899 that "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Nor did Bill Gates ever say that 640K computer memory should be enough for anybody.
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Every day is Back to the Future Day!
Posted by The Curator on Thu Feb 27, 2014
A Tumblr blog titled "Today is the Day Marty McFly Went to the Future" posts a new photo every day, indicating that today is the day McFly arrives in the future, as indicated by the Delorean's onboard time monitor in Back to the Future Part II (1989). It's the latest take on the perennial return of Future Day (an ongoing internet prank in which people claim that the date of McFly's arrival is closer at hand than it really is). The actual date of McFly's arrival is October 21, 2015.
100-year-old Time Capsule Letter Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 27, 2014
Matt Novak, writing for Gizmodo Australia, notes that 100 years ago a news story circulated reporting that Frank Rockwell, the mayor of Akron, Ohio, had written a letter to Akron's future mayor in 2014: Fort Wayne Sentinel - Jan 24, 1914 Mayor Rockwell wrote a letter yesterday to the person who will be mayor of Akron 100 years hence. The epistle tells the future mayor of the present debt, the names of all the city officials, the problems confronting the municipality and the political situation in Akron in 1914. The letter will be sealed, addressed to "His Honor, Mayor of Akron, 2014," marked with instructions not to be molested or…
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End of the world in 2014
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 01, 2014
Should we be worried? From the Brazil (Indiana) Weekly Democrat - Oct 17, 1912:
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The Perennial Return of Future Day
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 28, 2012
In the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly and Doc Brown use the time-traveling Delorean to travel from 1985 to October 21, 2015. In the movie, this date is briefly seen displayed on the car's onboard time monitor. So Oct 21, 2015 is officially "Future Day," when Marty McFly will arrive in what will then be the present. But people don't want to wait that long, so hoaxers keep setting "Future Day" to a date closer at hand. The first time this happened was in 2010, when Total Film magazine mistakenly declared July 5, 2010 to be Future Day — and then created a fake image to back…
Good reason why the world won’t end this year
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 12, 2012
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Astrologer arrested for making prediction
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jun 27, 2009
The Sri Lankan government recently arrested the astrologer Chandrasiri Bandara. Unfortunately, it wasn't because he was peddling pseudoscience, but because his predictions had political implications they didn't like. He had foreseen that a planetary change on October 8 would be inauspicious for the government, and that it wouldn't be able to contain rising living costs. [BBC]
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Unforeseen Commitments
Posted by The Curator on Mon Apr 13, 2009
An announcement posted on the website of British psychic Derek Acorah:
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Forensic Astrology
Posted by The Curator on Thu Feb 05, 2009
What would Grissom have to say about this: Forensic Astrology Forensic Astrology is the art of using Horary and Birth Charts in combination to determine the nature of events as they occurred in unsolved crimes and missing persons cases. In its defense, I'm sure the guy gets results that are just as good as those psychics who try to solve crimes.
McCain wins debate that hasn’t happened yet
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 26, 2008
Apparently John McCain's campaign has access to the same time machine used by the Chinese journalists at Xinhua News who reported the launch of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft (including the astronaut's dialogue) hours before it happened. (See previous post.) McCain's campaign has been running an ad in the Wall Street Journal's online edition declaring that "McCain Wins Debate," which is a bold assertion considering that the debate will only happen tonight. Link: Washington Post
Fake reporting of Shenzhou VII launch
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 26, 2008
China recently launched its third manned mission to space. Oddly, the Xinhua news agency reported the launch hours before it occurred. This would be understandable -- news agencies routinely prepare copy about major stories in advance of the event itself -- but the article included detailed dialogue between the astronauts: "One minute to go!' 'Changjiang No.1 found the target! ... "The firm voice of the controller broke the silence of the whole ship. Now, the target is captured 12 seconds ahead of the predicted time ... "The air pressure in the cabin is normal! "Ten minutes later, the…
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Buy Your Own Universe
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 30, 2008
The Authority for Universe Ownership offers you the chance to buy your own parallel universe. They explain: Quantum physics dictates that reality is created by observation. There are an infinite number of possible realities, which can be actualised only through observation - an unlimited variety of parallel universes exist in what is known as quantum flux. In some of these universes the deeds purchased from Buy Your Own Universe will be recognised as legally binding, meaning that you really are the rightful owner of your Universe! Any day a scientific…
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Quick Links: Mar. 18, 2008
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 19, 2008
Excuse of the Year "A German lorry driver escaped a rap for driving while using a mobile phone - after claiming he was using it as an ear warmer." Woman foretells future with asparagus "Jemima Packington throws asparagus on the floor and makes her predictions based on the pattern. She said that some years ago she made a prediction that came true based on an asparagus pattern and realized she was on to something." Seems to me like it's as good a method as anything else. Nostradamus delusion ends in murder Matthew James Woodroffe-Hill believed he was Nostradamus' "son of the west". After suffering from…
Quick Links: Feb 1, 2008
Posted by The Curator on Fri Feb 01, 2008
Dave, the forecasting pig "'Darke County Dave,' a local hog, will opine -- or oswine -- on America's economic outlook on Friday, the Ohio treasurer's office said. In his inaugural outing, Dave will choose between a trough of sugar or one of sawdust to gauge the the economy's future course at the event in Greenville, Ohio, northwest of Dayton." (Thanks, Gary) How to say "Mr. Rose Apple Nose" in Thai sign language "Sign language interpreters in Thailand have run afoul of some ruling party supporters by holding their noses to refer to the new prime minister." Big Gary comments: "Here's another of those 'awkward translation' stories, this one apparently true. I…
Serial prankster claims to find time machine
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 23, 2008
Julian Lee Hobbs, aka Rory Emerald, recently placed an ad in the Helena Independent Record claiming to have found H.G. Wells' time machine. The ad became the talk of Helena. Turns out Emerald is a serial prankster who's done this kind of thing often: The prankster, which California papers have called “a would be actor,” has placed fictitious ads in the past, including the Roanoke Times, where he allegedly found the diary of a “very famous American” inside an old clock, and in the Miami Harold, where he convinced the entertainment media that he was Elizabeth…
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