I was intrigued. I still am intrigued. Learning how others think and perceive any given topic has become a fascination. And, that fascination came about unintentionally.

As I was preparing my first column for 2017, I was researching the top 10 New Year’s resolutions when I mistakenly opened a Web site which catalogs various polls and top 10 lists. The information ranged from most dangerous cities to live in the United States to the top 10 burger joints in Texas.

Obviously, none of these lists can be accurate, as only a small number are ever polled. Like I said, I am intrigued. The different ways of thinking, reasoning, logic, couple with different interests force our society to be unique.

One such list I came across was the “Top 10 Crazy Futuristic Predictions.” Let’s break this list down. To say this list is interesting would be an understatement. Let’s review some of these predictions.

According to the information provided, houses in the future will cost $5,000 and will last 25 years. The reason for these figures stemmed from the authors believing that wood, brick and stone will become two expensive and that all homes will be made from metal and sheets of plastic. On a side note, the supporters of this prediction said dishes would become an item of the past as all dishes would dissolve after being placed in water carrying a 250 degree temperature. I can think of several who would be elated at the notion of never washing another dish.

In another prediction, a science and technology agency predicted there would be labs and factories, by 2010, floating in space. This same group also predicted different physical ailments would be eradicated by now including cancer and certain heart conditions. Unfortunately, that prediction has yet to come to fruition. We can still pray and believe that it shall come to pass.

Another prediction would see statewide celebration across Texas, if it had come true. The Ladies Home Journal published an article more than 100 years ago that predicted that mosquitoes and flies would become instinct. Can you imagine? We could all enjoy outdoor meals without the extra, unwanted protein finding itself into our meals, the need for repellant at sporting events would be nonexistent and swatters would no longer be necessary. Oh well, the best we can do is hope for that prediction to come to pass.

My absolute favorite on this list predicted that highways would be air conditioned in certain regions. I drive a car with a non-working A/C unit, so this prediction becoming a reality would see me jump (Okay, maybe scream) for joy. The prediction called for a highway system that would allow drivers to reach destinations by following a color coded highway. Heat would keep the roads dry and ice free in some areas and routes through desert terrain would be allow the traveler to drive through air conditioned zones.

While the thought of these predictions can be fun and exciting, is it really too far fetched to believe they could come to pass? Think about it. Before the invention of the telephone, it took just one person to say, “I would really like to be able to talk to someone who isn’t here.” Or, “I wonder if I can see someone face to face that isn’t in the same room with me”.

It is easy to laugh at predictions such as these, but with technological advances improving on a daily basis, we never know what could happen next.


Rick Phelps is the news director at KOXE-KBWD radio and a former staff writer for the Brownwood Bulletin. Comments may be emailed to news@brownwoodbulletin.com.