The website Paleofuture.com offers a fascinating look at what past eras predicted for our future --and how wrong it was. There are plenty of charming images of flying machines, lunar colonies, and refrigerators of the future:
If you're looking to read more about these type of hopeful predictions that never came to fruition, then check out the book Where's My Jetpack? by Daniel H. Wilson too.
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Michale Trinklein's new book, Lost States, charts the boundaries that might have been if American history had taken a different course. What would have happened if Daniel Boone's proposed state of Transylvania actually came into being? Our vampire craze might have been averted, perhaps.