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Yesteryear Imagines the Future

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The 1900s were a time of great innovation, when technology was taking off and every decade had its own iconic fashions. With everything changing so quickly, the people of our past speculated about what the future would look like. Here are some predictions they made about the 21st century.

Predictions from the 1930s

Panthetone Weekly, a 1930s British cinemagazine, ran an episode predicting the advanced fashions people could expect to wear in the year 2000. Sadly, the electric headlight headpieces never caught on.

Predictions from 1967

A 1967 Philco-Ford production titled “Year 1999 A.D.” had high (and rather accurate) expectations of a home computer system in the future.

Predictions from the 1980s

This 1980s news report discusses the predicted world of television, which they call “Telefuture.”

Students at Perkett Elementary School in Minot, North Dakota in 1985 show off their predictions for life in 15 years—on Earth, the Moon, and even Jupiter.

Predictions from the 1990s

AT&T’s 1993 ad series with the tagline “You Will” had some surprisingly accurate predictions for technology in the future, including e-books, offline faxes, and video calls.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

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