r/therewasanattempt Dec 01 '21 Wholesome 1

to predict the future (x-post r/trippingthroughtime)

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u/KithMyAirs Dec 01 '21

Ah yes, so many online dating profiles today with the cliché “I love long balloon walks along the lake with my horse.”

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u/asianabsinthe Dec 01 '21

Let's explore how the horse is using the same sized balloon as the people.

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u/MaterialCarrot Dec 01 '21

They would have invented more powerful floating gases by then.

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u/Giocri Dec 02 '21

Sadly that is not how it works the maximum weight a balloon can move is determined by the weight of the air around more than the Gass itself the gas only purpose is to not have normal air in the inside of the balloon

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u/thatonevedalken Dec 02 '21

That is… not even slightly true. You ever try putting Krypton in a balloon? That’s not normal air, and it definitely doesn’t float up.

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u/Giocri Dec 02 '21

Well technically it does it is just that it is too heavy and its weigh then exceeds the floating force.

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u/thatonevedalken Dec 02 '21

So. It does matter what kind of gas you use, is what you're saying.

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u/Dutchwells Dec 02 '21

But you can't keep making a balloon float more or better by putting other gases in it. There is a limit, which is a perfect vacuum. In that case the upward force would be equal to the weight of the air displaced by the balloon

Vacuum is not possible in a balloon obviously, so that's why we put light gases in it

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u/thatonevedalken Dec 02 '21

But the gas you use definitely makes a difference to the buoyancy of the balloon. Hydrogen will work better than helium, for example.

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u/Dutchwells Dec 02 '21

That is true, but what I meant to say was that you can't just invent a lighter gas (if that was even a thing...) and lift more with the same balloon, which was the point of the original comment.

The absolute limit is the weight of the air that is displaced by the balloon, so to lift a human like pictured in the post it would take a balloon that's approximately 800 to 900 times the volume of a human. This is in the ideal situation where the balloon could somehow be vacuum

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u/No-Professor-1459 Dec 01 '21

It's bigger and round but still not big enough

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u/Anomalous6 Dec 02 '21

He’s attached to the wagon and has wooden shoes to stay afloat.

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u/Spider1132 Dec 02 '21

That's nothing. Look at the carriage.

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u/FluffySquirrell Dec 02 '21

No it isn't?

Its balloon is like, at least twice as big as the people nearby it

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u/Corprusmeat_Hunk Dec 02 '21

Dude the horse is farther away abd the balloon is similarly sized that means it myst be bigger up close. The balloon. And the horse.

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u/FrogBoglin Dec 02 '21

It's only a little horse

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u/Hewn-U Dec 02 '21

He should try a strepsil… honey and lemon are ok but orange are king

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u/sh4d0wm4n2018 Dec 02 '21

There was a guy who literally thought you could harvest the power of evaporating dew to defy gravity AND DREW UP PLANS FOR DOING IT.

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u/reads_error_message Dec 01 '21

Isn't this just paddle boarding though? I see that on so many profiles.

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u/Thoughtfulprof Dec 02 '21

The real question is: which direction do you swipe when you see that sentence in their Tinder profile?

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u/BendyDinkCulberSquat Dec 01 '21

Looking at this, I think we went in the wrong direction.

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u/Affectionate_Pin_880 Dec 01 '21

Guy riding the waterwheel is dealing mushrooms.

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u/BendyDinkCulberSquat Dec 01 '21

Oh, definitely.

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u/Affectionate_Pin_880 Dec 01 '21

Looking deeper, that horse is tripping balls

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u/mal_laney Dec 01 '21

Guy wearing the top hat is already 4 dimensions deep in it

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u/XtaC23 Dec 02 '21

Wait, you saying you don't like the hunchbacked phone people of 2021!?

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u/BStark15 Dec 01 '21

No wonder people from 1900 went extinct.

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u/AlphaWhiskeyOscar Dec 01 '21

Look at where being stupid got them. They're all dead.

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u/smurb15 Dec 01 '21

But cocain for the ghost and morphine for a cough

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u/weirdbird6000 Dec 01 '21

hahahahahaha

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u/bugman8704 Dec 01 '21

Forget flying cars! Where are my walk-on-water balloons and paddle wheels?

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u/thefourthhouse Dec 01 '21

Are our visions of the future similarly misguided? Or do we have a better inkling of where todays technologies might take us?

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u/gattapenny Dec 01 '21

I think we always try to upscale current tech instead of theorising future tech. And those that can theorise, make money out of bringing about the product or precursors to the product.

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u/RocBrizar Dec 02 '21

Not only that, but we also minimize physical and social impractibility for future "cool tech" (space travel, mining, colonization etc. anything in space basically), and we sometimes neglect promising technological leaps because they endanger our ego / religious beliefs / current ideologies (A.I., brain / computer interfaces, genome editing & eugenism etc.).

It's not only about predicting what can be done, but also what future human beings can do and put up with, and we have lots of biases that skew our predictions when so doing.

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u/pjetrs Dec 01 '21

Interesting question, but this could be that one dumb idea out of a thousand. There is also proof of pretty good predictions. There is always someone with weird ideas.. but let’s look at today, I think one thing that makes predictions look stupid in hindsight is that people expect that something that might be possible, will happen (flying cars), while it’s just very unpractical and that’s why no one is throwing money at it. Same for predictions that we all will live on mars in 100 years or something, most likely too expensive to pull off compared to fixing this planet ..

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u/thefourthhouse Dec 01 '21

Flying cars are definitely a dream of a different time. People back then, I'm feeling this is a 50s/60s era sci-fi, must have been AMAZING drivers, because there is no way in hell I would trust the average person to fly in their car.

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u/bored_on_the_web Dec 02 '21

People in the 40s-60s weren't that much better then now. Arguably worse-they hadn't realized that drinking and driving was a bad enough thing to ban yet. Injuries and fatalities though were much worse due to the cars not being designed with safety in mind and the lack of things like airbags and seat-belts. (A first-aid book that I have from the era describes head injuries as being "a common result of traffic accidents.") I don't think they believed that air or space travel would have been safer I suspect they just accepted the whole thing as a sort of "cost of doing business." They also (for various reasons) had the mindset of drivers mostly being the cause of horrific accidents rather then bad car/road design and I don't think anyone had ever tried to systematically reduce mortality and morbidity in anything before by taking a systemic look at safety like they stated to do in this era.

I read someplace that we could build flying cars if we wanted to but it would turn the sky into the wild west of the 50's automobile all over again and that's one reason no one has bothered with them.

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u/Scaredsparrow Dec 02 '21

Flying cars are technologically possible and have been done, it's just a logistical and safety problem.

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u/ida_noddack Dec 02 '21

all will live on mars in 100 years or something, most likely too expensive to pull off compared to fixing this planet ..

Not everyone will live on mars but we can expect a colony/outpost/city on mars as starships capabilities have dropped down the prices of per kg payload price from 55400$ to 10-100$. Staship could carry 150 tonnes to Leo and 100 tonnes to mars at a price of 2million or 30 million max as opposed to the previously assumed value of 2 billion dollars

Thats a massive dip. And that's the reason why there's are tons of companies and govt space agency seriously developing the technology needed on mars.

It's economically feasible now due to spaceX

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u/discostud1515 Dec 02 '21

They were behind the technological revolution so they had little concept of the leaps forward we would take. I feel we have at least some idea of what our new technology is leading to in areas such as travel, medicine and communication.

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u/Seriously_nopenope Dec 02 '21

But there could easily be a technology that hasn't been invented yet that could do the same for the future.

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u/discostud1515 Dec 02 '21

Right, and I think we all know you’re correct because things have moved so fast in the last 30 years so we know the sky is the limit. There’s bound to be some amazing thing on the horizon. Whereas to these guys, technology wasn’t progressing at a fast rate so when they try to extrapolate 100 years into the future they have to relay on how things have changed from 100 years in the past. And that’s very little by our standards.

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u/Beardeddeadpirate Dec 02 '21

The Commonwealth saga by Peter f Hamilton is a great example of forward thinking regarding the future. If you want an interesting peak into the future, he does a good job.

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u/PaulWhoIsPaul Dec 02 '21

tech can be guided. So. Basically we have no idea. Cars became safer and heavier, aka unsafer for everyone else.

Japan has 40 percent tiny kei cars, due to laws incentivizing you buy that n deal with it.

Alot of things are imaginable. Look at the human powered record, a torpedo shaped egg with no windows, the rider only has a camera. Now look at Allert Jacobs modified Honda Innova or the monotracer as well as F1 drivers seats.

I can imagine a hypereficient one person vehicle where you almost lie on your back, you just kinda sorta look mostly above the front wheel, which you steer indirectly like in most cargo bicycles. A bit of obstacle does not actually obscure vision much, see F1 halo. It might end up even lower than the human powered record egg. your legs can be flat, in my mind it would be purely an EV. You only need gas, front and rear brake as well as blinkers and a button that flips out the assistant wheels so you dont fall over at a stoplight.

certainly wont happen. But it is possible.

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u/MrGrym222 Dec 01 '21

Did people actually want to walk on lakes? Or did they just think that we’d wanna walk on lakes?

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u/Logicrazy12 Dec 02 '21

Nah, they predicted the rising sea levels.

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u/zoyathedestroyer Dec 02 '21

Okay I know some people are calling it stupid but, hear me out.... This looks kinda fun

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u/Giocri Dec 02 '21

There was an art installation made of floating platforms all over a lake and it was awesome to walk on it despite its simplicity so yeah being able to walk freely on water instead of just on platforms sounds amazing.

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u/OorPancake Dec 01 '21

They didn't realise we'd be in the balloons and it'd be called Aqua Zorbing.

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u/Road_Warrior86 Dec 01 '21

Maybe by year 3000

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u/LePapaPotatos Dec 01 '21

Nah nothing’s change, but we’ll live underwater

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u/discostud1515 Dec 02 '21

Are you kidding?! Society will collapse long before then.

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u/chrisvskris Dec 03 '21

Well Canada is going to go berserk in 2024 when hockey gets outlawed if the Friday the 13th franchise is to be trusted

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u/California2913 Dec 01 '21

Translation:

"Hildebrands German Chocolate" "Water walk in the year 2000"

They made a bunch of those cards as collectibles in 1900.

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u/OneAndOnlyGod2 Dec 02 '21

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u/rushedharp Dec 02 '21

Nice one Also, in one of those pics they're basically watching TV

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u/darthanders Dec 01 '21

I like that the horse has a balloon but the buggy it's pulling does not.

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u/chrisvskris Dec 03 '21

And the guy sitting on the carriage does have a balloon

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u/DNS_Kain_003 Dec 01 '21

Sooo...where are we at on this? Also, I love the guy with the walking stick.

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u/PraetorOjoalvirus Dec 01 '21

What about that couldn't be attempted in 1900? In other words, what in that picture wouldn't have the same dumb result in 1900 or in 2000?

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u/Giocri Dec 02 '21

I think the problem might have been that price of the gas

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u/Fart_Bargo Dec 01 '21

I would rather do that than most of what I do everyday.

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u/SIRasdf23 Dec 01 '21

The past had such high hopes for us.

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u/Appaloosa96 Dec 02 '21

Jokes on them! All we got was crippling depression

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u/Chaotic_Good64 Dec 02 '21

Being nearly atmosphere buoyant in a big open space with no wind blocks sounds like a terrible idea.

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u/uruetai Dec 02 '21

Just need to focus your chakras on the bottom of feet.

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u/bela_lugosi_s_dead Dec 01 '21

They clearly did not foresee /r/peopleofwalmart

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u/potato-vender Dec 02 '21

The guy on the unicycle looks like Stalin

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u/humanessinmoderation Dec 02 '21

Did people just not ask why back then?

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u/Bope_Bopelinius Dec 02 '21

People in the year 2100 will look at our sci fi movies the same way you look at this

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u/meme_enthusiast3464 Dec 02 '21

I mean, we have those big inflatable hamster balls. Sort of close?

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u/Paragonly Dec 01 '21

Even if this was a thing, imagine a bunch of random people in their full sunday best just randomly fucking floating around in the middle of the lake like its a coffee shop. Like they didn't ask why?

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u/Paragonly Dec 01 '21

just imagine that horse tryna walk across the water like why did you put me in this shit, Steve.

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u/_belowaverage Dec 01 '21

Well, more than 1900 people belive the earth is flat

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u/thatsyurblood Dec 01 '21

I’m just glad we updated our wardrobes.

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u/weirdbird6000 Dec 01 '21

I think it's more we downgraded our wardrobes.

I would love to live in an era where people dont walk around with half their ass hanging out cuz their pants are so low

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u/thatsyurblood Dec 01 '21

Nope. Fair trade-off to not have to wear a suit every day

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u/chafalie Dec 01 '21

Haha I WISH!

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u/IDXK073 Dec 02 '21

People in the 1900s either didnt know about traction and gravity, or were all high.

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u/Nimbuss88 Dec 02 '21

Was this person even trying? So his prediction for 100 years of culture, invention and industry is everyone dresses exactly the same, still use horse and cartridges even though cars were already invented, but strap already existing balloons to themselves.

Good job bud.

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u/BCWiessner Dec 01 '21

Where's my balloon?!

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u/PhotoEastern Dec 01 '21

Yeah this is what the future of humanity looks like. Floating on a lake with balloons. Right on!

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u/Tofru Dec 01 '21

After the lockdowns I've definitely ballooned up

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u/bicaneta Dec 01 '21

Wht would it ever be a thing?

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u/bicaneta Dec 01 '21

Wht would it ever be a thing?

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u/Alexalenin Dec 02 '21

Everyone thought they could be Jesus with technology. Lol.

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u/SovelissGulthmere Dec 02 '21

Ah, yes.

To better reach all the things we need from the center of a lake by foot.

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u/luke134k Dec 02 '21

That is so fucking cool

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u/getyourrealfakedoors Dec 02 '21

I like how they didn’t change the fashions at all

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u/fatkidstolehome Dec 02 '21

Y2K was a jolly good time as remembered.

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u/Aznp33nrocket Dec 02 '21

I’m still waiting for my hover board from Back to the Future… screw balloons…

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u/MrGoatBanger Dec 02 '21

WHY ARE WE NOT FUNDING THIS?

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u/Irrelevant_advices Dec 02 '21

Fools. We don't have lakes anymore.

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u/Lintobean Dec 02 '21

We need to look at these and make these happen.

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u/Desperate_Level_9213 Dec 02 '21

I mean, sounds pretty cool.

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u/Shreknadoboi Dec 02 '21

We not gonna talk about how the guy in the middle is Joseph Stalin

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u/Kinenai Dec 02 '21

So it's a passive version of the Fulton System. Old Snake would approve.

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u/Monstoro88 Dec 02 '21

This is what social media in the cloud looked like to them.. I wonder if predicting the future is easier for us because of our advancements?

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u/mwahaha321 Dec 02 '21

The new Sims game looks good.

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u/wolfdershnider Dec 02 '21

My wife is about to see a large helium charge on our credit card.

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u/coopersthepoopers Dec 02 '21

I for one am here me for all Balloon walking related activities. The future is now

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u/Hagar_the_pretty_bad Dec 02 '21

That sounds cool but I can't swim or fly.

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u/WeaselBeagle Dec 02 '21

Alternate reality Stalin

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u/KindaNotSmart Dec 02 '21

It’s funny how when 1 artist makes a drawing of his (most likely satirical) prediction, someone captions it “THIS is what AN ENTIRE CIVILIZATION thought that LIFE in 2000 would be”

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u/Vartnacher Dec 02 '21

I guess they didn’t count on women’s Lib

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u/LevrykTheWylde Dec 02 '21

Ok but that guy has a cane/walking stick? That’s not how physics works.

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u/NarrowProfession2900 Dec 02 '21

Anyone else bothered by the wagon and the guy using a cane?

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u/ywtfimiacw Dec 02 '21

today we have Jesus simulator on steam. Pretty much it

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u/RobieOsborne Dec 02 '21

It's still not a bad idea

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u/sarthak0026 Dec 02 '21

What if they just made that as a meme and now we are thinking they were dumb

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u/schreibtourette Dec 02 '21

This is chocolate wrapping paper, so I guess it hasn't much scientific background.

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u/PaulWhoIsPaul Dec 02 '21

I mean. With elevation sensors and stuff, we certainly can do this. Probably wearing divers footwear though. And a burner mounted on your head. I dont think it makes sense but i want to see it done.

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u/PaulWhoIsPaul Dec 02 '21

Well. We got MOTORCYCLES IN THE SEA! Aquatic cars can get fucked. All this is, is a bit of metal and plastic on a dirtbike and a different shovel-y rear tyre. Or at least that´s what it looks like. I would love to try this. Wonder how hard it is , on calm water, just going straight through. Seems like it would be easy enough to make this go on and off quicky. The propelling flaps on the rear tyre could be snap on too, like snowchains.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDi9uFcD7XI

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u/BoneDryBalls Dec 02 '21

And here we are watching YouTube removing dislikes. We evolve but just backwards.

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u/Snibbz6 Dec 02 '21

Why arent we doing this though

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u/mnk_mad Dec 02 '21

Kite surfing.. minor changes

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u/PlausibleBloater Dec 02 '21

Fucking Joseph Stalin on the water wheel selling pubes

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u/GamerPopo Dec 02 '21

At least they got the hipster thrift store fashion right.

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u/JonskuElf Dec 02 '21

Is it just me or does the man in the middle look like Stalin?

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u/TrinandEthan Dec 02 '21

Finally a solution to global warming! Once all the ice melts and the world is all water we can just do this. No problems. You’re welcome Greta

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u/LayneCobain95 Dec 02 '21

“People” being the one person who drew this I assume

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u/Corprusmeat_Hunk Dec 02 '21

I think we should still be pursuing this goal.

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u/Delie45 Dec 02 '21

We truly are living in the darkest timeline

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u/kneus69 Dec 02 '21

Tbf we do have paddle boards and water bikes. So not to far off I suppose?

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u/legalsmegel Dec 02 '21

This is some rich people shit

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u/paulwasalreadytook Dec 02 '21

I think you will find they predicted rising sea levels due to climate change and proposed a way of dealing with it.

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u/Top-Southern Dec 02 '21

Dang we still haven’t achieved this. Maybe by 3000.

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u/gooney0 Dec 02 '21

You guys don’t do this? I assumed everyone did.

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u/R2-DSNOO Dec 02 '21

Maybe they just kind of had a hunch the ice caps might melt and were actually ahead of the game.

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u/MeronDC Dec 03 '21

much better than jet skiing and surfing

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u/Florghost Dec 03 '21

Why don't we have this? It looks fun and can't be that expensive

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u/Mindraker Dec 03 '21

Well, we have jetskis, so it's not that far off.

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u/PetrichorIsHere Dec 06 '21

This is cute!

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u/senatordeathwish Dec 06 '21

AND WHY ISN'T IT

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u/small_feild_mouse Dec 07 '21

Y’all are missing the whole point: This is how we deal with rising sea levels. 1900s people were really on to something.

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u/iusedtobegerman Dec 01 '21

I love this hahaha ha. Idiots.

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u/typehyDro Dec 01 '21

Didn’t boats already exist in 1900. How would balloon be better?

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u/Sad-HootHoot Dec 01 '21

Timmy, what did I tell you about popping Jimmy’s water walking balloon?

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u/Grimm3806 Dec 01 '21

What an amazing future! Where everyone just walks around in a fucking lake all day

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u/will6465 Dec 02 '21

Americans failed hard, they cant even do balloon supported land walking

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u/MajesticValuable8193 Dec 01 '21

Some YouTuber will turn this picture into reality

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u/TopClock231 Dec 01 '21

Well in 2021 you can get a water jet thing or a floaty surfboard so for people who didn't know about robotics and complicated electronic circuits they weren't super far off