Bad things have happened around the globe forever, but many people are saying that 2016 was especially bad. Where did we go wrong? I decided to look back at some Twitter predictions from 2010 — a Goldilocks year of sorts where there weren’t too many tweets to sift through, but enough to produce some wonderful guesses.
FLASHFORWARD IS CANCELLED. Dec. 12, 2016 will forever be a mystery.— Carl (@drmcmuffin) May 14, 2010
FlashForward was a short-lived television show that aired on ABC. It was one of many shows that ABC and other major networks greenlit in hopes of finding the next LOST. Spoiler alert: none of them really ever found the next LOST. (HBO might have with Westworld, for better or worse.) To solve Carl’s mystery: December 12th was Ding-a-Ling day, and Donald Trump gave some bad people more power.
@aplusk Well my first bill as president 2016 will be the 30 hour work week that would include a 3 day weekend, more jobs and time to spend $— Kevin Harmala (@KHarmala) April 12, 2010
In 2010 Kevin promised Ashton Kutcher that in 2016, as president, he’d roll out a slimmer 30 hour work week with a longer weekend for Americans. Kevin did not win the 2016 election but judging who did and how, this platform would have been enough to get him some votes!
I’m willing to guess 2016 drove lots of people to drinking so, yes.
People were very interested in space launches over the last six years, especially when we sent a car-sized robot to the surface of Mars and used rockets, a sky crane, and a giant parachute to land it. And 2016 was a particularly fantastic year for space exploration. Yay space!
desperate to get to 319 followers by the 23rd October 2016. will somebody please help me?— uoʇɹou (@ericbratislava) July 7, 2010
As of writing this, Eric here has 1,999 followers. Congrats Eric!
the 2nd avenue subway aint gonna b ready until 2016...... will the world even still be here by then? shit.— L0VE, LAUREN ♥ (@LadiiLaur) July 9, 2010
“We really idolize him. He does so many good things for the people. He should run for president,” http://bit.ly/as3GlM 2016 will be wild— Kahlil A. de Pio (@supersluggish) November 19, 2010
At first glance I thought I found viral gold with this tweet. Instead, Kahlil was tweeting about boxer Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao was actually elected as a Senator, not President, of the Philippines this year. Pacquiao has also said some terrible things about the LGBT community, which you can find in section 12.4 of his Wikipedia page, listed below other sections like “Acting Career,” and “Basketball.”
2016 will be Superbowl L, which looks a little plain but L = 50. #fb— Ab Morrison-Hayward (@abmoha) February 10, 2010
Swing and a miss. Super Bowl 50 happened this year, but the No Fun League (did I do that right SB Nation?) ditched the Roman numerals this year in favor of regular old numbers. I guess the league was happier being Spartan.
Today was a perfect day to watch Blade Runner - Director's Cut. Surprise... 2016 will not be as futuristic as it seemed back in the 80's.— Ros Knopov (@rosknopov) February 7, 2010
2016 was definitely not as futuristic as people in the 1980s thought it would be, so Ros made nothing but correct calls in this tweet.
Prediction: the GOP nominee for prez in 2016 will not come out for repealing obamacare— Josh Eidelson (@josheidelson) December 26, 2009
Cheating a bit with the date here but: Oops.