Kevin Drum has compiled an amusing list of predictions from the February 1950 edition of Popular Mechanics. He provides delightful commentary of how the predicitions turned out.

While I enjoyed the list, I have to point out one minor flaw:

Prediction: Atomic power is not used because it is hopelessly inefficient. It is used only in the cold, sunless north.

Evaluation: Atomic power works fine. France practically runs on the stuff.

Now, either it works fine or it’s powering France. Which is it?

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