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Prediction #3: Gymnastics will begin in the nursery, where toys and games will be designed to strengthen the muscles. Exercise will be compulsory in the schools. Every school, college and community will have a complete gymnasium. All cities will have public gymnasiums. A man or woman unable to walk ten miles at a stretch will be regarded as a weakling.
More or less a hit on the prevalence of gyms, total miss on the ramifications!
2. Not only do colleges and universities have complete gymnasiums, many of them have enormous staudiums and fields.
The one miss that I do agree with is "A man or woman unable to walk ten miles at a stretch will be regarded as a weakling."
I expect PE to be uncommon some time soon-ish. Besides, PE is too hard when you're fat.
We often forget that America and Britain were very much in love with Eugenics. Unfortunately that is probably not something included in the high-school history curriculum...
Search for footage of the controversial "Olympia" by Leni Riefenstahl it typifies the mood and the idea...
Considering that this was written two years before the Wright Brothers got their plane off the ground, it's understandable.
Clearly a fake article. Language is anachronistic. Also life expectancy in 1900 was not 35 years, but closer to 50:
This comment says that it's available on microfilm:
Here's a source article with more information:
Anyway, I'd delete my original comment, but evidently too much time has elapsed.
Serves me right for writing "Clearly" :)...Hopefully at least the life expectancy link in it was informative.
I didn't like mortality rates were that bad in 1900 USA.
Language varies too much and too quickly. Wasn't that why we adopted spelling in the first place?
Some languages, like Swedish and Finnish, had spelling reforms in the 19th century and are (more or less) trivial to pronounce from the spelling.
Today, it would be much, much harder to do a really big spelling reform even for Swedish which should be a fraction of the problem size for English. For a few generations you'd have to teach people to read/write both spelling standards. In the 19th century Sweden, most people only read a couple of religious books (they had to).
A spelling reform might be easy to do in a generation when the e-books have taken over. Just use automatic filters (not real translations -- grammar is the same) for English spelling standards in office programs, web browsers, etc.