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24 Books That Forecasted The Future

books that predicted the future

Back in 1870, Jules Verne’s book about an electric submarine traveling 20,000 leagues under the sea was first published.

90 years later in 1960, those electric submarines were finally invented.

It’s a classic question of prediction vs. influence — how can you really say a book predicted the future if it didn’t in some way inspire the discovery?

Printerinks.com created a fantastic infographic that tried to answer this question. It shows the timeline of seemingly precognitive books, as well as the actual discoveries they predicted.

From “Gulliver’s Travels” to “1984,” these are the 24 books that forecasted the future.

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My son died in 1994 but his heart only stopped beating this year

On the night of 29 September 1994, seven-year-old Nicholas Green was fatally shot during a family holiday in southern Italy. The death was a tragedy for his parents Reg and Maggie, but their decision to donate his organs caused organ donation rates in Italy to triple in a decade – a result dubbed the “Nicholas effect”.

“The first time I sensed danger was when a dark car came up close behind us and stayed there for a few moments,” says Reg Green, who is remembering the night his son was inexplicably shot by strangers in southern Italy. “Shortly after, this car began to overtake. I relaxed, thinking there was nothing wrong after all.”

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bikepacking–How to Roll and Where to Go

Simply put, bikepacking is a combination of backpacking and biking. It is a great choice for individuals, families, and groups that want to cover greater distances than they could while hiking or backpacking. Options range from singletrack, rails to trails, and forest service roads.

What to know before you roll:

  • Choose a bike capable of handling your trail of choice or choose a trail for the bike you currently own.
  • Be realistic about the distance you plan to cover. Nothing can ruin a great adventure quicker than unrealistic expectations.
  • Travel light. Since you will be carrying your gear with you on your bike, select gear that will allow you to place as much of the gear on the frame of the bike to keep the center of gravity low.

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Dalai Lama meets Indian guard from 1959 flight from Tibet

The Dalai Lama has come face to face with an Indian soldier who guarded him almost 60 years ago as he fled from Tibet to exile in India.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, 81, met Naren Chandra Das, 79, as he paid a visit to northeast India.

“Looking at your face, I now realise I must be very old too,” he said.

He first met the guard in 1959 after a gruelling two-week trek across the mountains from Lhasa, after a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

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“Black Rock City, NV” Unpacks the Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man

The annual Black Rock City gathering of artists and hell-raisers known to us as Burning Man brings forth some of the most wild architectural structures we’ve seen on planet earth. In fact, many of the temporary dwellings summon an otherworldly quality… But that’s the whole point of the week-long festival.

Who else, other than the organizers of Burning Man, would think to hold an event in the middle of the unforgiving Nevada desert. It would turn out that this seclusion, and subjection to the heat, sand, and desolation of the desert elements, makes the festival and its art all the more intense.

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15,568 Feet. 120 Kilometers. A Long Trek Into the Mountains of Northern Colombia Written by Steven John

Author’s note: Without the permission and the assistance of the Kogi, a tribe that has maintained its culture and way of life for centuries even as the world around their isolated mountain range has changed dramatically over the past few centuries, the trek herein discussed would have been impossible. However, as the Kogi wish to remain largely untouched by, and uninvolved with the outside world, to respect their privacy, I will largely omit their mention from this piece and will give no specifics on the locations of their villages, their sacred sites, nor even on the starting point of this multiple day hike. Instead, I will focus on the actual trek and its varied challenges and moments of celebration. My heartfelt thanks go to the Kogi, to the unnamed guides and handlers who helped this journey become a reality, and to Columbia Sportswear, who financed the trek and provided much of the gear upon which I and the other members of the team relied.

The first day was going well, overall, despite the heat and humidity that are to be expected when one is hiking through a rain forest located a few dozen miles from the Caribbean coast of South America. There was one consistent cause for frustration, though: the steep, rutted, dirt trail spent as much time going down as it did up, and as any mountaineer knows, every step you take down now means a step up farther along the path.

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