25 Weird Old Predictions Made About the 21st Century

Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show" with the assistance of a frighteningly large carrot.
Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show" with the assistance of a frighteningly large carrot.
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Nikola Tesla may have been a brilliant inventor/engineer and one of the world's most famous futurists, but he got one prognostication seriously wrong when he predicted that people would no longer be drinking coffee in the 21st century.

In a 1935 article, Tesla wrote that 21st-century humans would know better than to pollute their bodies with harmful substances like caffeine and nicotine. As for alcohol? Well, let's just say that Tesla had a much more generous view on imbibing.

Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she digs up 25 bold predictions from the past—some of them bizarre, some of them ridiculously funny, and some of them just plain wrong—in this edition of "The List Show."

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16 Audience Questions About 'The List Show'

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It didn’t take long for "The List Show" to become one of our very favorite projects here at Mental Floss. While the hit YouTube series has evolved a bit since it premiered in 2013, we’ve amassed a pretty stellar group of regular viewers who frequently send us ideas for new topics to explore (thanks, guys!) and who have asked us tons of questions about "The List Show" itself. So we decided to get a little meta with the latest edition and answer some of our audience’s most burning questions—like just how many facts have we shared over the years. (You’ll have to watch to find out the answer to that one.)

Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she answers your questions and reveals some behind-the-scenes facts about "The List Show"—including: What happened to John Green?

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20 Weird Clubs That Actually Exist

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Groucho Marx once famously quipped that he'd never "want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members." Most people would probably say the same about the Martin-Baker Ejection Tie Club—a very exclusive, 63-year-old organization created specifically for individuals who have had their lives saved by an ejection seat. Currently, the club boasts more than 6000 members.

That's just one of the weird and wonderful clubs you'll learn about in our latest edition of The List Show. Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she hunts down the world's most unusual clubs (Extreme Ironing Bureau anyone?). You can watch the full video below.

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