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Flying houses and other ideas forecast for 2000

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Some of us fear year 2000 will bring computer chaos, alien invasions, maybe Armageddon. But what about flying houses or snacks made from underwear?

"Uncle John's Indispensable Guide to the Year 2000" (Bathroom Reader's Press) says these and other inventions should be here by then -- at least if experts from decades past are right.

For instance, in 1967, Science Digest predicted that by 2000, "discarded rayon underwear will be bought by chemical factories and converted into candy."

Other forecasts:

In 1966, Arthur C. Clarke wrote in Vogue magazine that houses in 2001 would be able to fly, thanks to building materials made stronger than steel but lighter than aluminum. "Whole communities may migrate south in the winter," he said.

In 1950, Popular Mechanics envisioned living rooms furnished in plastic with drains in the floor. You could houseclean by just hosing everything down.

In 1966, Time magazine said that by 2000, "machines will be producing so much that everyone in the U.S. will, in effect, be independently wealthy."

Pub Date: 12/14/98

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