The general consensus is that those who claim to see the future are scams. What happens when a psychic, or someone else, makes a prediction that comes true? Do we then believe? If so here,’s a XX examples of predictions made that became reality.
1. Mentalist, Tana Hoy, offers his psychic powers for a fee, but during an interview on April 19, 1995 with Fayetteville, North Carolina radio station, WQSM, he predicted there would be a terrorist attack on American Soil at a federal building. He also stated that it would surpass the tragedy of the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Just 90 minutes later, the bomb Timothy McVeigh detonated killed 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
2. Jeffry R. Palmer, also a psychic predicted Korea was testing nuclear weapons, the tsunamis on December 26, 2004 in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 230,000 people across fourteen countries. It was his prediction of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history that gained him international recognition.
3. Sometimes, predictions can be a little absurd, like when John Elfreth Watkins, a writer for Ladies’ Home Journal, wrote in December 1900 that the English language would stop using the letters C, Q and X. Then again, sometimes they become reality. In that same article, Watkins predicted that by the year 2000 trains would reach speeds of 150mph. It must have seemed outrageous in 1900, but sure enough, in 2000 Amtrak’s Acela Express, between Washington DC and Boston, opened, with top speed at 150 mph.
4. My dad is a huge fan of Edgar Cayce. He accurately predicted the start and end of both World Wars, the end of The Great Depression and the deaths of Presidents FDR and JFK.
5. In ninth grade I read George Orwell’s book, 1984, that talked about constant surveillance by closed-circuit security cameras that transmitted footage back to “Big Brother”. Computers were just coming out with long DOS codes when I read the book, written in 1949 when television was just a novelty. So it wasn’t exactly 1984, but today there are cameras everywhere, including our phones.
6. Sometimes psychics are so hit and miss that they have terms coined in their honor, like Jeane Dixon. She accurately predicted the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy and was the go-to psychic for Nancy Reagan during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, but her hit and miss predictions prompted a mathematician to coin the phrase, “The Dixon Effect,” which claims that people tend to remember the accurate predictions while ignoring a large number of inaccurate predictions.
7. Fourteen years before the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, author Morgan Robertson wrote a novella entitled, “Futility”. In it he writes about the largest ship ever made hitting an iceberg in the north Atlantic, sinking bow first and killing more than one-half of its 2500 passengers.
8. Samuel Clemmons, aka Mark Twain, predicted his own death stating he was born when Halley’s Comet was visible (1835) and would die when the comet made its appearance again. He did and the year was 1910. Prior to that Twain predicted his brother’s death in a dream where he saw a casket in his sister’s living room. Weeks later, Twain’s brother, Henry, was killed in a boating accident and Twain saw his dream become a reality when he entered his sister’s living room and saw the room set up as it was in his dream, right down to the floral arrangement resting on Henry’s chest.
9. Predictions even come from cartoons, like the sixth season of The Simpson’s back in 1995. In the “Lisa’s Wedding” episode, we caught a glimpse of our future with motion-controlled video games, satellite dishes and even soy snacks in vending machines.
10. Sometimes, we’re so sure of our predictions that we’re willing to bet on them. That’s exactly what one Welshman did in 1989 when he walked into a betting parlor. He asked for the odds on several possible happenings including if the band U2 would still be together, Cliff Richard being knighted and if the television shows “EastEnders” and “Neighbours” would still be on the air in the year 2000. Want to know the cumulative odds on all four of those things happening? 6,479 to 1. The Welshman placed a bet for 30 pounds and left with his receipt. Eleven years later, all four predictions came true! The Welshman returned to collect his 194,400 pounds!
11. Remember that 1993 AT&T commercial where Tom Selleck’s voice tells us what the future holds for our telephones? We’re talking landlines…yep, he nailed it with we’d be able to get maps on your phone from anywhere in the world.