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Predicting 2004
December 23, 2004 10:07 AM   Subscribe

Predicting 2004.
posted by sdrawkcab (20 comments total)

 
Actually, shouldn't that be Predictions 2005?

Still pretty cool, I enjoyed the ESPN link quite a bit. Especially the 180 pound Giambi item!
posted by fenriq at 10:18 AM on December 23, 2004


"20. Red Sox win World Series."

Yeah, like *that'll* ever happen...
posted by 1016 at 10:19 AM on December 23, 2004


Actually, shouldn't that be Predictions 2005?

No, these are all a year old, and this is a great post that says "So, how'd they do?"

I think the alpha patriot guy actually did pretty well on predictions compared to the others I checked out in the list.
posted by mathowie at 10:27 AM on December 23, 2004


Nobody predicted that Howard Dean would not be the Democratic nominee. That's some lousy punditry.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 10:34 AM on December 23, 2004


Video iPod? Ha! He wishes.

Britney Spears frolicking in public nude? *sigh* I wish.
posted by graventy at 10:40 AM on December 23, 2004


I love reviewing predictions at year-end. : ) For a while I used to buy the Enquirer psychic prediction issue at the beginning of the year and intended to save it til the end, but I always ended up tossing it or something.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:43 AM on December 23, 2004


Ahh, darn my forward focused brain. Everytime I look behind me, my shadow scares me into running faster.

And the post is even better than I liked it before.
posted by fenriq at 10:45 AM on December 23, 2004


there is all too much prediction making and all to little prediction reviewing..
posted by brucec at 10:59 AM on December 23, 2004


brucec, I knew you would say that.
posted by 1016 at 11:03 AM on December 23, 2004


I also predicted the typo.

No limit to my precognitive abilities.
posted by 1016 at 11:03 AM on December 23, 2004


Marginally apropos, I present "2005: A Sci-Fi Prospective".
posted by TonyRobots at 11:33 AM on December 23, 2004


Well...on the other hand, some of those predictions COULD still happen in 2004...seven days left, ya know.
posted by davidmsc at 11:58 AM on December 23, 2004


"Bigfoot to get hit by a truck and walk into an hospital injured."

Thats one hell of a prediction, there.
posted by puke & cry at 4:01 PM on December 23, 2004


"The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called, "Keep tomorrow dark," and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) "Cheat the Prophet." The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun." -- G K Chesterton, from The Napoleon of Notting Hill

I have a small collection of old books in which people attempt to predict what will happen in the future. They grow funnier every year.
posted by Hogshead at 5:29 PM on December 23, 2004


I predict that in the past year I will not have become a psychic.

Whizz Bang! I'm good.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:47 PM on December 23, 2004


I think the alpha patriot guy actually did pretty well on predictions compared to the others I checked out in the list.
Really? I thought alpha patriot was the funniest one of all, for his obvious need of a glass navel.

For instance:
27. China's first fumbling attempts at allowing private property will be successful and exceed the governments expectations. But no further changes will be implemented in 2004.
If he'd written that in 1990, it would almost make sense. Does he think all those McDonalds in Beijing are government-owned?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 7:31 PM on December 23, 2004


11. It will be revealed that there are advanced humans among us.

Wrong.

Now that's just spooky.
posted by hojoki at 7:58 PM on December 23, 2004


If he'd written that in 1990, it would almost make sense. Does he think all those McDonalds in Beijing are government-owned?

No, but not until this past year, the land that they were built on couldn't be owned (that is, they couldn't obtain suoyouquan) but rather the land could only "rented" from the state.
posted by alidarbac at 10:16 PM on December 23, 2004


alidarbac: if memory serves me well (and it might not) in the UK as well all land is owned by the queen, and you have to pay some sort of tax for using it.
posted by talos at 1:59 AM on December 24, 2004


I am pumped my first post went well - approval from Matt, and imitation less than week later! I am flattered!

My favorite link is the P - from National Review. They seem to take themselves the most seriously. There were plenty more articles like it in major press, but have paid archives--boo.

Now, let's take a look into the future....all the way to the year 2000.
posted by sdrawkcab at 7:46 PM on December 28, 2004


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