Top 10 Scientific Discoveries Coming in 2012
Science has spoiled us. Whether it’s a new planet that seems a lot like Earth, wireless technology innovations or the cloning of extinct creatures, we have become accustomed to brilliant minds bringing us new wonders. It’s hard to understand them, or even keep up. So we have decided to give you a sneak peek at the future. This way, you have time to wrap your head around the next big things, plus be the first to tell your friends. (Did we not mention our time machine before this?)
Let’s give a big welcome to the newest element on the periodic table. The most unusual aspect of this soon-to-be discovered substance is that the atomic weight tends to fluctuate. Further study will reveal a completely self-absorbed element, with a tendency for electrons to be acquired and then unceremoniously dismissed for no good reason.
However, they will be shown to cause brain deterioration over time due to the added usage required for the thinking, speaking and general kvetching they make “necessary.” It seems that ideas that were simply thought and dismissed in years past, are now fully formed into semi-coherent “brain blogs” and distributed via cell phone throughout one’s circle of friends, whose brains are, in turn, further deteriorated by the process.
Studies at the Van Winkle Institute will prove once and for all that the affliction that teenagers at family gatherings with cousins that are too young or too old for them have long tried to tell the world about … is real: A person can be bored to death.
Carbon dating and other very complicated scientific processes will determine that it was always there.
Astronomers will be shocked at first, but soon come to realize that in an almost infinite universe every possibility will eventually be realized. The planet will be so far from Earth that it will be impractical to fill our milk chocolate needs there for at least 500 years. Federal authorities will investigate the possibility that chocolate manufacturers knew of this planet but kept it secret, citing chocolate products with names like “Milky Way” and “Mars.
Science will finally discover the highest number. Long thought to be infinite, numbers apparently do have an end point. Noted algebra teacher Mr. Sigda will comment, “The concept of infinite numbers really was overly optimistic and kind of silly when you sit down and think about it.”
Psychologists and psychiatrists will agree with a discovery first uncovered by chiropractors: That some names can cause harm to people. Those names include, but are not limited to: Dummy, Stretch, Big Nose, Myrtle, Four-Eyes, Pinko and Bill.
Scoffers at history as simply “the gossip of dead people” will be vindicated when archaelogists stop studying the sex pictures in the ruins of Pompey and uncover the entire hoax on a tablet hidden behind a depiction of bodily pleasures that Dr. Billy Tom Thomas calls, “disgusting and infinitely intriguing.”
No. 10 – French Revolution
“From the enslaved populace, songs,
Chants and demands
While princes and lords are held captive in prisons.
These will in the future by headless idiots
Be received as divine prayers”
You remember the French Revolution, right?The peasants (“the enslaved populace”) rising to power, the aristocracy taken down and beheadedÂ (the “headless idiots,” now “princes and lords … held captive in prisons”). In another verse, the “great wall” falling is said to mean the storming of the Bastille.It’s a bit of a stretch, right? It’s possible that Nostradamus saw the coming of a peasant uprising through completely non-astrological or occult means, but through his own eyes as he saw the contrast between aristocrat and commoner in 16th-century France.Or not.
(We don’t mean that they will all speak on the same day and never again.) The study will cost several billion dollars, but the findings will be startling. Over the next several hundred years, virtually every creature on Earth will develop language skills. Further study will reveal the following: Squirrels will speak Spanish very rapidly; dogs (and wolves) will speak English with an Irish accent; cats of every size will speak French; fish will speak German. For the full list of animal accents, please wait for the press release sometime in the near future