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Massive computer failures worldwide. At least 20 states lose electric power.
Massive food shortages occur and bank runs force many financial institutions into failure.
In the U.S. there is a Coup and the president is forcibly removed from office.
This stems into worldwide economic crashes. Rioting begins in earnest in most cities and some small towns.
This is 'fueled' by horrid live coverage of a passenger jet liner crashing into a major metropolitan area.
Later in the day, things get a little better. But the new president declares nationwide martial law in desperate hope of quelling further unrest.Read how this prediction and others have turned out.
Y2k Warning - sign Predictions
-- Cherri (email@example.com), November 29, 1999
-- Colin MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
Nice work Colin. Can you do a snake? I've always associated 'hissing' with Cherri.
-- Will continue (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
How are you today?
making predictions is a lot of fun. You are absolutely correct, most of them have been wrong.
As I read that list of predictions, it struck me that almost all of them where predicated on the general US population becoming more aware of and concerned about possible effects of Y2K.
As we know, that hasn't happened.
Maybe they are right. Sure hope so.
However, just like polls, predictions of people's behavior has nothing to do with how computers will handle the date change.
Maybe good, maybe bad. But the polls and predictions about human behavior are not terribly relevent.
-- mushroom (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
-- Guy Daley (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
In all fairness, this IS quite an interesting link. I just object to the subject line: the last thing we need right now is hyperbole.
I like the snake... very ssssinisssster. ;)
-- Colin MacDonald (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
Nice graphics everyone!
Now the link is interesting too. To be sure, a lot of predictions have not been accurate. It'll be an interesting next two months. Hope for the best, but be prepared!
-- haha (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
Thanks for that excellent link. I hope you are right. Pay no attention to those idiots behind the curtain.
-- (Polly@troll.com), November 29, 1999.
Thay, what doeth a thnake with a thpeech impediment thay? Hithh! Hithh! By the way, which one of you guyth took that thmathing thot of me coiled around that thalt thaker? I mutht have had my eyeth thut....I didn't thee the flath go off.....
-- Tham Thmith (inaCorner@thesnake.pit), November 29, 1999.
I love that puppy!
-- Mara (MaraWayne@aol.com), November 29, 1999.
I would have laughed at those stupid predictions a year ago too. I think most of them were wishful thinking.
Still, I work with computers, networks, internet, and telecom for a living. I have my preps.
-- C. Hill (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
Hummm, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Granted, this isn't a "passenger jet liner" but it does fit the "crashing into a major metropolitan area" category. From the New York Daily News dated 1999-11-27. <:)=
Newark Plane Crash
3 dead, 25 hurt in fiery wreck
By ALISON GENDAR, GREG SMITH and DAVE GOLDINER Daily News Staff Writers
Minutes after ignoring a bad-weather warning, a veteran pilot crashed his small plane into a Newark neighborhood, killing himself, his wife and daughter and injuring 25 people on the ground, one critically.
The single-engine plane spewed fiery wreckage down the street after it spiralled out of the sky, clipping an abandoned factory and slamming into a KFC restaurant just before the eatery's 11 a.m. opening.
A day-care center next to the fast-food restaurant was closed because of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The remnants of the shattered plane set cars ablaze, blew out windows and doors and littered the street with the scorched remains of those aboard.
A 59-year-old man was critically injured when flaming metal sheared the roof off his station wagon and set it afire.
"The plane became a missile, hitting vehicles left and right," said Newark Mayor Sharpe James. "There was debris scattered all about, and the bodies were hurling out."
Killed in the crash were pilot Itzhak Jacoby, 56, a flight instructor and former Israeli military pilot; his wife, Gail, 50, and their 13-year-old daughter, Atira. The couple, from Bethesda, Md., also have a married daughter, Orit, who lives in Brooklyn.
Officials said the pilot, who owned the plane, apparently experienced instrument failure about 90 seconds after taking off from Linden Airport en route to Dulles International Airport outside Washington.
Jacoby had been warned not to take off in the rain and fog around 10:45 a.m. but decided to fly anyway, said Linden Mayor John Gregorio.
Jacoby was qualified to fly in bad weather using only instruments and had filed a flight plan accordingly, officials said.
"He got his FAA clearance for an instrument flight, and he was determined to leave," Gregorio told the Daily News.
It was unclear if the weather played a role in the crash. Gov. Christie Whitman said the pilot had reported water in his cockpit and trouble with a gyroscope, which helps keep the plane's instruments steady.
Air-traffic controllers told the pilot to land at Essex County Airport in Fairfield, but he never made it.
The Essex airport is where John F. Kennedy Jr. took off before his plane crashed off of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., in July. But friends stressed that Jacoby was a much more experienced aviator than JFK Jr.
"This is about as far from the John Kennedy scenario as possible," said Doug McNeeley, manager of the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md., which was Jacoby's home airport.
On the ground in Newark, Jacqueline Austin, 34, was looking out the window of her second-floor apartment on Kent St. when the red-and-white 1964 Beechcraft Bonanza VE-35 streaked out of the sky. It hit the corner of an abandoned factory and exploded a blast that sent Austin flying 40 feet into her living room.
Two men plucked a screaming Alfred Walker from his burning station wagon as Malana Green watched in horror from her apartment window a few feet away.
"The fire was everywhere," said Green, 59. "It was all over the street."
Walker was listed in critical condition at University Medical Center, and Rhonda Acey, 29, was in fair condition with burns. The rest of the injured were treated and were expected to be released last night.
The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the crash.
-- Sysman (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.