Did you know that Nikola Tesla thought people
would no longer drink coffee in the 21st century? Hi, I’m Erin McCarthy, editor-in-chief of
MentalFloss.com. In a 1935 article in Liberty magazine, Tesla predicted that it simply wouldn’t
be cool to poison our systems with what he considered to be harmful stimulants like caffeine
and nicotine. He thought alcohol, on the other hand, would withstand the tests of time. Tesla
called it an “elixir of life.” So, depending on which scientific studies you believe, he
was kind of right! And that’s just the first of many bizarre,
hilarious, and outrageous predictions for the 21st century that I’m going to share
with you today. As evidenced by my own 4-5 cups a day, Tesla
was way off about coffee. He also misjudged what we’d consider headlining news in the
21st century, predicting that newspapers would, quote, “give a mere ‘stick’ in the back
pages to accounts of crime or political controversies.” Tesla believed the front pages would mostly
cover scientific hypotheses. So…yeah… There was also a fair amount of speculation
in the past that meat would be much less common in our time. In a 1952 issue of Galaxy Magazine,
science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein posited that fish and yeast would be our main
sources of protein, and that beef would be a luxury. Isaac Asimov, another famous science
fiction writer, took it even further. In 1964, he imagined that the 2014 World’s Fair would
feature an Algae Bar with “mock-turkey” and “pseudosteak,” saying, quote, “It
won’t be bad at all (if you can dig up those premium prices).” So I guess the Impossible
Burger wasn’t exactly impossible to predict (though it does not contain algae). Others thought our food’s content would
be more or less the same, but that its scale would change dramatically. In 1900, John Elfreth
Watkins, Jr. wrote in The Ladies’ Home Journal that we’d sink our teeth into strawberries,
raspberries, and blueberries “as large as apples,” and peas and beans would be as
big as beets. Why would anybody want to eat beet-sized peas in the first place, you ask?
Beats me. If you think Watkins, Jr. was prone to exaggeration,
it was nothing compared to what George Serviss dreamed up. In a 1956 article from the Independent
Press-Telegram’s magazine Southland, Serviss imagined a farm from the year 2000 where hydrogen
bombs caused the soil to produce 3-foot-long carrots, 4-foot-wide turnips, and basketball-sized
tomatoes. Watkins, Jr. also believed that we’d completely
get rid of the letters C, X, and Q. Instead, spelling would be based on sound alone, so
those three letters would presumably be replaced by S’s and K’s. As crazy (that’s crazy
spelled with a c) as this may seem, Benjamin Franklin and Noah Webster *had* advocated
for spelling reform in the 18th and 19th centuries. And just six years after Watkins Jr. published
his 21st-century predictions, steel magnate Andrew Carnegie created the Simplified Spelling
Board to revamp the English language. Despite then-President Theodore Roosevelt’s best
efforts, spelling remains largely un-simplified today, which you can probably tell if you’ve
seen me try to pronounce some of the more complicated words that come up in the List
Show. By the way: we discussed TR’s quest for simplified spelling in our podcast, History
Vs.—there’s a link in the description if you’re interested in hearing more. On January 6, 1910, Iowa’s Cedar Rapids
Evening Gazette published an article that predicted people would be able to make it
rain within the next century—which we actually *can* kind of do. Through a process called
cloud seeding, silver iodide particles are injected into clouds, and water collects around
them to form precipitation. Its effectiveness is debated, however, and
it’s still a far cry from where futurists thought we’d be by the 21st century. In
a 1950 article from Popular Mechanics, Valdemar Kaempffert imagined that hurricanes would
be an utter nonissue by the year 2000. Upon spotting one over the ocean, Kaempffert thought
we’d ignite a large oil fire across the water, drawing air from the surrounding region
and putting an end to the hurricane…somehow. He believed we’d be able to divert storms,
putting an end to flight delays. Oh Waldemar, would that it were so simple. Other fantasies of controlling the weather
were even more vague and less scientifically sound. In 1900, a German chocolate company
called Theodore Hildebrand unt zoon released a series of illustrated cards with its best
21st-century predictions. One of them depicted a “good weather machine” simply blowing
a storm back over the ocean. That same year, The Boston Globe suggested that we’d be
able to generate a nice easterly wind whenever it got too hot outside. Isaac Asimov didn’t think we’d be able
to conquer the elements, but he did think we’d do a better job of avoiding them. He
envisioned vast underground cities where advanced light technology could mimic outdoor ambiences,
and the earth’s surface would be used for agriculture, grazing grounds, and parks. He
was a bit off the mark, but an underground park dubbed “the lowline” *is* supposedly
set to debut in New York next year. Asimov thought we could be well on our way to living
underwater by the early 2000s, too, which he felt would especially appeal to those who
enjoy water sports. And predictions about 21st-century water sports
went far beyond the traditional sailing, surfing, and swimming you’re probably picturing.
Between 1899 and 1910, French artist Jean-Marc Côté and his contemporaries produced almost
100 highly fanciful illustrations of the year 2000. On one, deep-sea divers ride giant seahorses.
Another depicts a whale pulling a bus full of people through the sea. Yet another shows
a crowd of onlookers cheering as jockeys race by on the backs of enormous fish. Côté and
his fellow artists might be disappointed if they knew we weren’t yet spending all our
free time underwater, but they’d probably give Aquaman a five-star review. Which sea
creature would you want to ride to work? I think I’d pick a giant isopod. Those early 20th-century French illustrations
were big on air travel, too. The images show just about every type of aircraft you can
possibly imagine. There’s one that looks like a hot air balloon basket attached to
a helicopter propeller, and another is just a ship attached to two Zeppelin-like aircrafts.
There’s also a number of individual flying machines for police, firefighters, and regular
citizens. Those are the really fun ones—they look like they have actual animal wings attached
to them. During the early 20th century, many people
predicted a future that saw air travel as the primary mode of transportation. This probably
wasn’t a coincidence, since the earliest planes were taking off around this time. The
Wright brothers’ famous first flight happened on December 17, 1903. About 10 years later,
the first commercial flight carried a whopping one passenger from St. Petersburg, Florida,
to Tampa. The flight only covered around 20 miles, but
that didn’t deter some people from dreaming big about 21st-century aviation. One of them
was Frederick Edwin Smith, Britain’s former Lord Chancellor and a close personal friend
of Winston Churchill. In 1930, Smith published a book called The World in 2030 A.D., in which
he imagined that each person would own a small airplane ideal for weekend trips. He wrote
that, quote, “Ski-ing parties in Greenland will be made up in London clubs on Saturday
mornings, and translated into action before the same evening.” Personal planes were one of Smith’s more
mundane predictions. He also thought we might build a canal to funnel water from the Mediterranean
Sea to the Sahara Desert. Because portions of the desert are below sea level, this would
create what he called a “new Riviera” with “fertile charm” to rival Florida
and the beaches of southern France. And by 2030, Smith hoped that men would have
revolted against what he considered farcical, excessively complicated, and unhygienic clothing.
Instead, they’d have only three simple outfits: one for work, one for recreation, and a third
for formal occasions. Robert Heinlein thought clothing would be
on the outs altogether. Covering up would be reserved for strangers and conservative
old relatives, and psychiatrists would actually recommend casual nakedness around the house. Heinlein also predicted that by the 1990s,
the United States would have passed a constitutional amendment that completely abolished state
lines. Asimov thought that Boston, Washington, D.C., and the area in between would have merged
into one giant city, with a population of more than 40 million people. That hasn’t
happened, but the population of the Boston to Washington corridor did clock in around
50 million people in 2010. You’ve likely seen moving sidewalks in airports
and train stations, but they never became quite as popular as people of the past expected
they would. The Columbian Movable Sidewalk Company debuted the first one at the 1893
World’s Fair in Chicago. It still holds the Guinness World Record for “Longest moving
walkway ever.” Paris’s Exposition Universelle featured another (shorter) moving walkway
in 1900. Subsequent attempts to install them in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and
Boston all failed, due to maintenance concerns, weather issues, and also, possibly, the simple
fact that they’re just not very efficient. They have to move slowly so that people can
hop on safely—more slowly, in fact, than normal walking speed. And, as Jerry Seinfeld
once pointed out, people tend to just stand there like it’s a ride. And if you think it’s frustrating to stand
behind people on a moving sidewalk at the airport, you might have had a tough time with
those early iterations. The version at Chicago’s World’s Fair had benches to sit on. The
one in Paris didn’t have seats built in to the moving part of the sidewalk, but as
Electrical World said in a 1900 feature, “…visitors are beginning to find this out and take their
own stools and camp chairs.” So these moving sidewalks acted kind of like a train, but
slower, and without protection from the elements. Though with all those predictions about our
ability to control the weather, I guess that didn’t seem like a problem. In a 1788 letter to Reverend John Lathrop,
Benjamin Franklin shared his theory that within a few centuries, we’d be living as long
as the biblical patriarchs from the Book of Genesis. Noah, of ark fame, supposedly lived
to be 950 years old. And his grandfather, Methuselah, is said to have died when he was
969. As for what a 900-year-old person might look
or feel like, Franklin didn’t speculate. Robert Heinlein, on the other hand, imagined
that nursing homes on the moon could slow signs of aging. Because the moon has just
17 percent of the gravity found on earth, Heinlein thought frail joints would ache less
and weak hearts wouldn’t have to work so hard. By Heinlein’s best estimates moon-dwellers
would be able to reach a cool 120 years old. Speaking of not having to work so hard, Heinlein
also dreamed up a much easier way to clean houses. He called it a “whirlwind,” which
would automatically whisk dust right out of the house at regular intervals. If you’re
thinking that might bother you while you’re sleeping, eating, or doing, ya know, anything
else, Heinlein had an answer to that, too. The machine would only operate when it didn’t
detect any masses radiating heat at body temperature. Kaempffert thought we’d be able to clean
our houses simply by turning the hose on. He predicted that everything from the furniture
to the drapes would be manufactured from synthetic fabric or waterproof plastic. After rinsing
everything down the water would disappear through a drain, and then a blast of hot air
would dry it all off, kind of like a car-wash. Households might not yet have automatic cleaning
machines, and personal aircraft are still pretty rare, but these kinds of ambitious
predictions have given birth to an artistic style known as retrofuturism. Basically, some
modern-day buildings, furniture, and other goods are designed to look how people of the
past *imagined* they would look in the future. Pixar’s 2004 film The Incredibles is a great
example of retrofuturism—director Brad Bird said he saw the world as a reflection of what
people in the 1960s believed it would turn out to be like. An Associated Press article from 1950 made
the bold claim that we’d have our first man-made star in space by the year 2000. Its
surface would reflect sunlight, and it would orbit the Earth from 400 to 500 miles away.
To put that in perspective, the moon maintains an average distance from the Earth of almost
240,000 miles. But the article also describes the star as a spaceship, so maybe the writer
just didn’t understand what a star actually *is*. In that case, their predictions weren’t
quite so outlandish—the International Space Station orbits Earth from around 248 miles
away. Finally, that article also anticipated “four-dimensional,”
dome-shaped movie theaters with the action unfolding on screens all around you. If a
character stepped into the street on the screen in front of you, you’d have to look behind
you to see if a car was coming. Virtual reality experiences continue to move in the direction
of this type of 360 degree immersion, but the 3D glasses we use in theaters today don’t
really have the same effect. Our next episode is about strange crimes that
you might be committing. Comment below with your favorite silly law that people might
not know about for a chance to be featured in that episode. It’ll be out February 19th.
Subscribe here so you don’t miss it. We’ll see you then!

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  1. Pronounce it properly! Carnegie as in "Carnegie Hall". Not your MidWest accent. (I live in the MidWest and keep correcting people especially in Cleveland).

  2. As late as the 1990s, in Quebec City, there was still a law on the books forbidding one from letting one's pig loose in the city's many stair cases. The law dated from the late 18th c. I don't know if it's still on the books today, though.

  3. Man I wish number 17 came true. Doing Laundry and going clothes shopping have lost their charm pretty quickly for me. Clothes are for winter.

  4. The world will end in 1914
    The world will end in 1925
    The world will end in 1975

    Thanks for the laugh Jehovah’s witnesses.

  5. #1 Weird Prediction for the 21st Century :
    Bass heavy flatulence will replace the handshake and be used as a greeting or to finalize an agreement.
    🤝🚫 : 1/1/2001😁😖🍑💨🎶🎷💩🤗
    The More You Know🌈🌟

  6. Springfield, OR has, or used to have a law that said you must keep your pet alligator or chicken on a leash at all times in public parks.

  7. Up until 2009, it was forbidden to yell, shout, hoot, whistle and sing at all times at the small town of Petrolia, Ontario. The law was updated in 2009: https://www.theobserver.ca/2015/03/23/1990-bylaw-tried-to-control-excessive-noise-in-petrolia/wcm/d1bb3102-4950-479f-2268-51de3b7a80de

  8. (Supposedly) Parts of the UK have laws prohibiting the handling of salmon in a "Suspicious Manner." No mention is made of what constitutes the suspicious handling of fish. And I either really want to know, or really really don't…

  9. Some strange laws from Canada. We can be a bit backward up here too.
    In British Columbia it’s illegal to kill a Sasquatch.
    In Victoria BC, street entertainers aren't allowed to give kids balloon animals.
    In Alberta it's against the law to paint a wooden ladder.
    In Alberta it’s illegal to set fire to the leg of a wooden-legged man.
    In Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan it’s illegal to walk down the main street with untied shoes.
    It's Illegal to whistle in Petrolia, Ontario. According to the town's website, "Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing is prohibited at all times."
    Purple garage doors are against the law in Kanata, Ontario.
    It is against the law to eat ice cream on Bank Street on a Sunday while in Ottawa, ON.
    In Etobicoke, Ontario it’s illegal to have more than 3.5 inches of water in a bathtub.
    It's illegal to unhinge somebody’s front gate in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

    In Halifax, Nova Scotia, taxi drivers are not allowed to wear T-shirts or shorts.

    It’s illegal to intentionally ring any doorbell or knock at any door in order to disrupt, disturb, or annoy any person in his home or place of work, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. So much for being a door to door salesperson.

  10. on the one hand "Noah of Arc fame" I like that, but on the other, shipping all people over 80 to the moon, I like that idea.

  11. BosNYWash DID happen. It IS a huge city, not legally, but actually. Take a plane or train on that route and you will see what I mean. NO DARK REGIONS whatsoever.

  12. 7:00 There was a book in the children side of the library on promoting families casually being naked together with pictures.
    This is weird I thought as I quickly put it back to make sure no one saw me looking at this.

  13. If you're into weird predictions, try to find a copy of a book called "Criswell Predicts: From Now to the Year 2000". It was published in 1968, and consists of a series of short chapters each predicting something that will happen by the end of the century. Some are perfectly sensible (Miss America in some year will be a black woman from Illinois, a southerner will be elected president) and some are just bizarre (buildings in one city will mysteriously turn into rubber; another city's residents will suddenly become cannibals). The book ends with the end of the world in October of 1999. I used to get a lot of laughs reading this after the first couple of years had gone by.

    Yes, this is the same Criswell who narrated the intro to the movie "Plan Nine from Outer Space".

  14. Predictions for the 2010s: Mental Floss will go from being a respected magazine to a Facebook page/YouTube channel combo that works primarily as a shill for credit card companies and Amazon deals, repeating old articles on a weekly basis.

  15. People having a personal flying transport for weekends in 2030s isn't that impossible. Autogyros cost about the same as a new car already (unless you build it yourself) and are very hard to crash, thay just haven't caught on yet.

  16. Dear Mental Floss,

    Thank you for converting the American measurement that you use, into global ones. But you don’t have to convert them so extreme precise. For example: at the 10:37 mark you say 400 to 500 miles, and on screen it shows 643.7 to 804.7 km. This is way too precise and also too confusing to read and interpretate in such a short time. If you would have written 650 to 800 km, it would have given us the same information and also been much better digestible.
    Just round the figures up, in the same way how you have rounded the miles up to 400 and 500.

    Hope this feedback helps you to make your videos more accessible to your non-American viewers.

  17. In Iceland its illegal to drive off road. A lot of tourists dont know and a lot of younger people dont care but since our ground soil is shallow our main vegitation cover is what's called a biocrust, made of moss and shallow rooted grass. A vehicle driving through tears the crust leaving the loose sandy soil underneith to just blow away, creating a patch of expanding sandpits as the moss around the tear continues to die as the soil weathers away.

  18. 10:26 Aaaaaaaand the flat earth movement began claiming evidence. So yea…. prediction of some sort. (Insert symbol of puzzled expression and shrugging shoulders) 😕

  19. To be fair there have been a fair amount of pseudo meat products released in the past few years such as the beyond meat and the impossible burger

  20. 4D theaters do exist, but more as a special short attraction at carnivals and amusement parks, and never really made the jump to the mainstream, likely due to the prohibitive nature of producing a full- length movie with such effects in mind.

  21. In my dad’s hometown of Baldwin Park, California it is illegal to ride your bike in a swimming pool. Back in the 1940’s-50’s my dad and his friends used to ride their bikes home after school or after playing in the orange groves, and to cool off they’d ride their bikes into the city’s public pool. He’s always thought they may have had something to do with that law. 🤣

  22. You might wanna fact check this to see if it's still true but in Florida it's illegal for couples to live together before marriage

  23. “… depending on which scientific studies you believe.” I can’t get past this, my mind is spiraling about which scientific studies should or shouldn’t be believed. How can I know which to believe and which not unless scientists tell me which are true and which are false.

  24. Kinda proves that for every “visionary” prediction from a notable figure in the past, there were plenty of silly ones too…….We tend to edit those parts out!

  25. Strange laws you say? Would our Dutch butter law count? It's the sole reason we are not allowed call it peanut butter, though I did see a recipe for 'butter' made of apple skins, that would totally break the butter law.

  26. I see you skewed these toward the optimistic, where are the weird ways people thought the apocalypse would happen by now?

  27. In certain places in America the police can seize and prosecute your property even though they don't have enough evidence to charge you with a crime.

  28. I am pretty sure that the man-made star was not intended to be a real star since you described it as reflecting sunlight. So it would just be a space mirror. I am pretty sure they knew what they where talking about even if no space mirror has yet to be lunched for the propose of illuminating the night (Even if there was some talk about china doing that. Astronomers hate the idea. The moon is bad enough for them. >_< )

    Also those dome shaped movie theatres are a thing. And 4D movie theatres is generally what we call movie theatres that combined not only a 3D aspect. But also other sensory input. And those became a reality not long after the prediction. Today you see them mainly in amusement parks.

    So to me it does not sound like to wild predictions and not to far off. The tech for both are at least a thing today. But is also the case that the tech did not blow us away as much and did not become as ubiquitous as people sometime expected. I think Video Telephone is a great example of that. A feature most people actually can carry in there pocket today that is almost never used. Yet people as late the 90's though it would be the big thing when it come to making phone calls in the future.

  29. the Jetson's was a good look at the future. video phones, push button lifestyle, apartment living vs stand alone home, pointless jobs, and comedic interludes that conclude in 22 minutes. LIfe's Good in the Future. I wish we were a little closer to SeaLab 2020, That was a good Future show.

  30. anybody remember Ark 2 ?? a group of young scientists and their sentient chimp, go around helping to recover civilization after ecological disaster destroys Man's World.

  31. This presentation shows exactly why university-trained professional futurists don't make predictions about the future — and why scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs are really bad at making predictions. The truth is that whether a "prediction" comes true is largely dependent on whether common folk choose to adopt the technologies being offered. People have to have reasons to adopt technologies, and if they can't figure out how those technologies will fit in their lives, they won't adopt.

    Of course, there's always the issue of what hurdles innovations have to overcome. For example, the idea of simplifying English sounds good; however, there's the practical issue of implementing the idea and getting people to adopt it. In this case, once people have a large enough vocabulary and have mastered spelling rules reasonably well, there's no incentive to simplify — they've already put in the effort to master English grammar, syntax and spelling. And with most word processing programs today, automatic correction algorithms are generally the default feature, so simplifying English spelling rules won't gain one anything.

    What university-trained futurists actually do is help people recognize the assumptions they make about the future in order to expose the many alternative futures people are currently blind to. Once exposed to the much wider range of futures than they expected, people can make informed — and hopefully intelligent — choices about the futures they are creating.

    So, please, take away these two points about the future and people who make "predictions" about the future. First, avoid anyone who says they know what the future will be. The futures those people project may happen for some, but many others will not share those futures. Second, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs tend to make remarkably bad predictions about how humanity will live in some future time. That's because they may know a lot about the science they're doing, working with, or selling, but they know much less about the social constructions that guide what people will adopt or reject. So listen carefully to the scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs and ask what untested assumptions they're making about the technical hurdles their innovations have to overcome and the reasons others might choose to adopt those innovations.

  32. Nicolas-Edme Restif de la Bretonne (1734-1806), a French writer best known for his pornographic works, wrote a (non-sexual) fantasy about a flying man named Victorin. It was illustrated with engravings depicting Victorin's adventures, and one picture in particular shows Victorin wearing a "flight suit" very similar to those in the early 20th century French illustrations you show in prediction #13.

    For reference: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/491947959265588628/

  33. Re: Prediction # 20: Science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein also predicted that in the future, moving sidewalks would be the dominant form of mass transportation in America. In 1940, Heinlein wrote a story about moving roadways titled "The Roads Must Roll."

    Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roads_Must_Roll

  34. The videos, Theodore Roosevelt and what the Germans thought the year 2000 would be like.
    I've never seen SO many ads in my life. It's just one after another and I thought You Tube was bad for ads.
    I just want to let people know about the two vidios. Don't waste your time, turn around.

  35. Expo '86, the World's Fair in Vancouver, BC, in 1986, had a full-dome theatre. It was a neat effect; but also a giant pain in the ass, what with, as you say, having to turn around to see stuff happening behind you. It also meant that you could only have fairly small groups of about 10-15 people, since otherwise your vision would be blocked pretty quickly. Staggered seating is a LOT more practical for giving lots of people a decent view!!

    They also had a wrap-around screen at another exhibit, which was about 180 degrees, and that was a lot cooler, and, frankly, more immersive than the 360 degree one was. And of course you only had to turn your head a bit to see the whole thing, which does allow it to work better with current seating layouts. Simiolar effect to an Imax screen, except of course curved. But to be honest, neither version compares to VR, I think because VR seamlessly even runs under your feet. But having personally experienced all of them, yeah, VR is far superior, and far, FAR more immersive.

    The Spirit Lodge at Expo '86 was my absolute favourite exhibit, though; I gather it ended up at Six Flags later? It combined live actors lip-synching to a pre-recorded voice track with holograms projected onto a pane of glass between the stage and the audience with a couple simple practical effects to put you into a First Nations lodge, with a fire burning away, and a Medicine Man talking about things (I think the past and future of transportation, the theme of the expo that year being "Man in Motion") that would then form in the smoke of the fire as he talked. At the end, he himself turns into smoke, and flies up out of the smokehole in a smoke canoe. It was really, really cool and left a profound impression upon me.

    VR is still the best, though. I can't quite decide who is the luckier: younger generations, for getting to grow up with it the way I grew up with going to the movies; or my generation and those older, for getting to experience life with only TVs and movie theatres, and getting to come to things like VR as a middle-aged adult, and having that simpler technology as my baseline for comparison, and getting so blown away by VR?

    Well, it's fantastic either way. Saving up for an HTC Vibe!! 😀

  36. Restaurants in Wisconsin cannot only offer margarine for your table, butter must also be provided. Most places either don't have margarine in the first place, or you have to specify ask.

  37. "Sailing, surfing, and swimming you're probably picturing"

    Yeah, the internet has since made me picture something completely different when I hear the term "watersports".

  38. Heinlein predicted in one or 2 of his novels that the back third or half of the 20th century would be called the Crazy Years because that's when we'd go off the rails (culminating in a religious dictatorship starting in 2012). Don't think he's wrong in general, although naturally the details do vary.

    Also, one of the proponents for simplified spelling was Col McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. He dropped letters all over the place (trafic, catalog, etc) and replaced others (fotograf); there may have been more. But if you look at Tribune archives for those years, you'll see he really tried to put his principles into action.

  39. Why haven’t we be funding the underwater adventures like this?! I would love to take a magic school bus ride from a whale

  40. For the next episode of Strange Crimes You May Be Committing:

    When riding your bike you must keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.

    Any person cannot carry beer or any alcohol in a container larger than 2 liters.

    In Provo, it is prohibited to through snowballs.


    Sex out of marriage.


    And I swear I once read that it is illegal to have sex in any position other than missionary, but I can't find it now…that is outside of Virginia and North Carolina.

  41. In Georgia, it's forbidden to eat fried chicken with a knife and fork.

    Fingers are the only acceptable tools for chomping on some crispy chicken.
    This Gainesville, Georgia ordinance, passed in 1961 as a way to get publicity for the town, explicitly outlaws eating fried chicken with anything other than your hands. Although the "law" isn't really taken literally, and is rarely enforced, one visitor was arrested for using a knife and fork to eat her fried chicken in 2009.

    Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper reportedly informed 91-year-old Ginny Dietrick that it's against city ordinance to eat fried chicken, "a culinary delicacy sacred to this municipality, this county, this state, the Southland and this republic," with anything other than your fingers.

  42. In Arkansas, you can't honk your horn near a sandwich shop after 9 p.m.

    According to one law set in place by Little Rock, Arkansas, "no person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m." It's unclear how enforced this law is, but the likelihood is that a cop would have to be at the right place at the right time to truly enforce this law. Stay on the safe side and avoid honking your car horn near any Subways after-hours.

  43. People in the Bible did not live 900 years. Time was measured differently back in those days. Plus, anyone who believes the current Bible to be truth of anything, after all the things that have been done to it, is a brainwashed moron.

  44. Here are two from Ohio: In Ohio it's illegal to kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church without a license. And You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street in Marion, Ohio.

  45. Did you know that "scientists" predicted the earth would have another ice age..then GLOBAL WARMING…and then CLIMATE CHANGE….and still nothing happened. 🤨 (p.s., the climate is constantly changing and human activity (I'M TALKING TO YOU, CHINA!!) has very little to do with that.) But, taxing and over regulation a great way to rule & ruin everyone's lives! GO BIG GOVERNMENT! (only slightly sarcastic…) Have a nice day!

  46. I have a very serious question. I could not find ANY ANSWER anywhere, and boy, did I look. There's this very particular thing that happens every month when I get my periods. A couple days before, my boyfriend gets a single, big subcutaneous pimple on his nose. EVERY month. It was funny and weird. Well I shit you not, my son (toddler) gets the exact same. I've been freaking out since. I can't believe there is a genetic/hereditary factor to this. PLEASE tell me you can find out the cause for this 😀 ? Thanks a bunch guys!

  47. Don’t forget the silly idea shown by Dick Tracy that people would have picture phone wristwatches. Oh, got to go, my iWatch has a call coming in.

  48. I have a 1945 Popular Science magazine that predicted we would soon have self-driving cars that would use radar to follow the correct directions to get us where we want to go.

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