Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Usborne Book of The Future: Better at Prophecy Than The Bible!

Back in January, I posted about the Usborne Book of the Future which was published in 1979. If you didn't see it, click here to check it out.

Under the 1991-2000 heading, it said this:
First major collision between satellites in orbit. Beginning of the formation of Earth's 'junkyard' ring.

Well, guess what happened last week?

At 04:56 GMT on 10 February an active communications satellite owned by Iridium Satellite of Bethesda, Maryland, and a defunct Russian military-communications satellite collided some 800 kilometres above Siberia at more than 10 kilometres per second. The cloud of debris initially consisted of 600 objects large enough to be tracked by the US space-surveillance network, and experts expect that number to grow to more than 1,000 within the coming weeks. Simulations suggest there will be millions more pieces too small to track.

Source here

Too bad Usborne had predicted this ten years too early. Still, this book is already having a much better track record than other sources who have declared themselves as prophets (ie. The Bible).

Perhaps this is a great time for me to start a new religion: Usbornology. All contributions and donations will go toward me picking up more goofy stuff I find in thrift stores to blog about.

Just for fun, let's go out on a limb and post some more goodies from this fascinating book...

1 comment:

Unknown said...

This is off-topic, but just wanted to say how happy I am to have stumbled upon this. I too used to dig up old casette tapes in second hand stores but I had to leave my collection with my relatives when I moved to the UK.

Your junk mail letters made me giggle while the news on the tv was talking about a murder. For Shame!