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Where are the flying cars?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the whole Y2K, Year 2000 issues that had many worried about computers failing and the world coming to a halt. Yet here we are welcoming in a new decade.

But where are the flying cars?

Think about the many books and predictions made years ago that portrayed the 21st century as time when flying cars, space travel and robots cleaning our houses and making our meals were the norm. As a child one of my favorite cartoons was the “Jestsons.” Remember when they wanted something to eat they only had to punch in a few buttons and then amazingly a meal appeared before them?

While technology has certainly come a long way, there still are no flying cars.

In the 2000 Farmers Almanac, we published some interesting predictions from 5th grade students (then) from North Carolina. Here were a few of their ideas on what the was in store for the 21st Century:

“I predict that in the year 2000, animals will be programmed to bit little brothers when I’m bored.”

“I predict that in the year 2000, cows will provide Pepsi instead of Milk.”

“ In the year 2000 I predict that there will be a water bed that turns into a swimming pool.”

“I predict that in the year 2000 all teachers will be paid more than basketball football, baseball and hockey players all together.”

“I predict that in the year 2000 there will be no school. Kids will be born smart.”

I guess we’ll have to wait and see when cars might fly . . . happy New Year.

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