Ooh good thread. Comic-wise at least, in 1929 their vision of Buck Rogers' 400 year future included post-apocalyptic gangs of girls living in forests, flying flappers, ray guns, and significant amounts of racism!
I've always loved looking at that kind of stuff, fascinating how they thought we'd being flying around in hover cars and have robot butlers by now! Back to the Future II predicted that we'd have hover boards by now.
In Star Trek (1967), the future history described a global genetic war between supermen and regular people in the late 1990s. For some odd reason, normal people won, and the surviving supermen slept in cryogenic deep freeze until the 23rd century. Matter transporters are supposed to be invented in the 22nd century (some physicists think it will really be possible within a 100 years) and faster-than-light interstellar travel begins in the 21st.
Genetic supermen display superior cleavage in the future (and mullets).
Perhaps the most ridiculous thing was men in minidresses. Image
Considering the dress pictured is precisely like the normal male attire in most civilizations through history (the tunic) and to include those hardcore guys of the Roman legion, it's only ridiculous to anyone in Europe and North America during the late 20th century. Any other time and it wouldn't even get a shoulder shrug (eastern hemisphere) or exhale of breath (western hemisphere)
Under the armor it's that ridiculous mini dress only ridiculous to a very specific place and time though and nearly universal clothing in every other...
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I've been watching a lot of Twilight Zone lately and there's, of course, a lot of predictions of what the future would be like back then. An episode I watched tonight even pin-pointed the year 2000 as being a time where people were brainwashed and made to get a full plastic-surgery makeover to look like everyone else. That means that would've happened about twelve years ago.
Oh, and everyone was wearing jumpsuits and belts that made their belly flap poke out. It was pretty embarassing.
There's a movie I watched not that long ago called "A Boy and His Dog" it sounds a lot like a family movie, but it's defintly not! It's about the post-apocalyptic future (Set after World War 4) Anyway here's the trailer (although it doesn't show much and doesn't really give you much of an idea on what it's about, it's probably best to just watch the film) But if you're fan of the Fallout games then it's worth a watch. ;)
"Are you classified as human?"
"Negative, I am a meat popsicle."