Top 10 Major Predictions About The Future That Failed


If you listen to some of history’s doomsday sayers, it’s a miracle we’re still here. The world’s been set to end numerous times. Numerous predictions have come and gone, leading some

harbingers of doom to disappear and others to just change their message. That’s just some of the predictions that have fallen flat. Here’re the top 10 major predictions about the world that’s failed.


10. No Surgeries On Heart Or Brain

No Surgeries On Heart Or Brain Prediction

Sir John Eric Erichsen, a British surgeon appointed to surgeon-extraordinary by Queen Victoria, predicted no “wise and humane surgeon” would ever operate on the heart or brain. “There must be portions of the human frame that will ever remain sacred from its intrusions, at least in the surgeon’s hands,” he said in 1873. Thousands of heart surgeries are performed every day in the United States, and more than 2,300 people have heart transplants each year. 

9. The Earth Is Flat

The Earth Is Flat

Neither Christopher Columbus nor other explorers perished off the edge of the Earth when they attempted to travel around it. It wasn’t flat, and ancient Buddhist beliefs that it’s like a horizontal disk have also proved wrong. There’s still some who believe the Earth is flat though most have had it figured out since at least the 9th century. For the rest of them, a look at NASA photos showing quite a round Earth would be a wise move.For the record, the Earth being round was a prediction that the Greek philosopher Aristotle got right. 

8. Demand For Food Will Outgrow Supply

Demand For Food Will Outgrow Supply 10 Major Predictions About The Future That Failed

Economist Thomas Malthus predicted in 1779 that the world’s population would grow faster than the food supply. That, he said, would lead to the demand for food outpacing what’s available. Mechanized agriculture and scientific advances have helped people outpace the increase of the population. There remains, however, beliefs that the human population will eventually level out if it ever exhausts available resources. 

7. The World Will End In 1994, Or 1995, Or 2011

The World Will End In 1994

Harold Camping claimed with mathematical proof of when the world would end. He predicted three times that the world was ending. So far the world has not seen an end, likely sending him back to his calculator to refigure. 

6. A 1524 Flood Will End The World


A group of British astrologers got a glimpse into the future in 1523 and predicted a flood would start in London that would spread worldwide, ending the world on Feb. 1, 1524. More than 20,000 people headed for higher ground, but no flood came. That wasn’t the only prediction that year of a world-ending flood. The predictions did benefit some ship builders who found themselves building arks just in case. 

5. Mayan Calendar Predicts World Will End

Mayan Calendar Predicts World Will End

Beliefs about the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar led many to believe that the current world would end on Dec. 21, 2012 and a new era would begin. Predictions included Earth colliding with another planet, falling into a black hole, or somehow suffering in another catastrophe that would bring about its doom. Scholars have discounted these claims saying they misrepresent Mayan culture. 

4. Comet Or Asteroid Will End The Earth

Asteroid Strike End Of Earth

Concerns that a comet’s tail includes a deadly gas caused a stir when Haley’s Comet brushed close to Earth on May 19, 1910. The Earth survived its time in close proximity with the comet. There have also been predictions that an asteroid would strike Earth in 2016. NASA states not very likely since there’s no known asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with the Earth. 

3. Y2K

Y2K 10 Major Predictions About The Future That Failed

The world anxiously awaited Jan. 1, 2000, to see what happened at midnight. Concerns computers unable to handle the date changing from 1999 to 2000 because they were only programmed to change the last two numbers in the year signaled an upcoming worldwide computer network crash. How could a world dependent on these computers survive? There were a few problems worldwide but overall the new century arrived without technological doom nor the feared malfunctions. 

2. World War I Signal Of The End

World War I Signal Of The End

The Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society, now known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, had a fright during World War I. Its founder, Charles Taze Russell, had predicted of the second-coming in 1874. When World War I started that year, he predicted that Armageddon was next.His prediction failed. His 1889 prediction that all governments would be overthrown within 26 years also didn’t come to fruition. Russell died in 1916. 

1. Earth Ends In Fire In 1840s

Earth Ends In Fire

Baptist pastor William Miller preached about the second coming in the 1840s. As many as 100,000 people gave up their possessions and prepared. Oct. 22, 1844 – a revised date from his original prediction – passed with no world ending changes. Needless to say, they weren’t happy, leading some to vandalize Millerite churches and tar and feather a Millerite group in Toronto.

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