Crystal Ball Gazing


I remember when I was in 5th grade, 1955-56, we read in Our Weekly Reader, a newspaper for grade school students, predicted that one day we would have telephones where we could see, in real time, who we were talking to. And so it came to pass.

But not all predictions come true. Some are big fat duds!

Take for instance, in 1774 British Prime Minister Lord North said, “Four or five frigates will do the business without any military force.”  Thus was born the United States of America.   WAY OFF!!!

In 1899 Charles H. Duell, an official at the U.S. patent office, said “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”   Just a wee bit off don’t you think.

Or how about this goodie spoken by President Grover Cleveland  in 1905: “Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.”  *&$$%^&**((+=^#)*4# Comment censored by Webmistress.

This is a 1929 classic by Yale University economics professor Irving Fisher. “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.”  Guess again, professor.

“The Americans are good about making fancy cars and refrigerators, but that doesn’t mean they are any good at making aircraft. They are bluffing. They are excellent at bluffing.” So sayeth Hermann Goering, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, 1942.  What ever happened to him anyway?

One of my favorites: “It will be gone by June,” Variety Magazine passing judgment on rock ‘n roll in 1955.  Well it is 2011 and R&R is still alive and well, in fact better than ever.

Newsweek Magazine predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s: “And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam.” Crystal ball dirty that day?

I give you these examples as an introduction to a video I am about to share with you. I received the video from a friend via email. The video shows what life in the not so distant future will look like.

I checked snopes but found nothing on either the accuracy or lack there of. The email came with this un-attributed comment.

This video was provided by a fellow who retired from Corning.  It gives a glimpse into the future of what is likely to be routine in our lives in the not too distant future.  It is absolutely fascinating.  Most of this stuff is already reality, just not yet pervasive.

Some of you know that I retired from Corning Inc.  This video illustrates some of the products they were working on in R&D while I was there… enjoy the commercial.

Corning Incorporated never put out a video advertisement this impressive in all the years I was employed by them.  Usually, Corning is behind the scenes providing innovated technology unknown to most casual observers.  For example most people are unaware that Corning’s “Gorilla Glass” is the glass surface in the iPhone, iTouch, iPad and most other smart phones using a touch glass surface.

This video demonstrates what the future could look like using this technology.

So for what it’s worth, let’s go crystall ball gazing.X



Much of what is in this video is already here in one form or another. So I can see the things in this video coming to fruition in the future. Kind of like the telephone item in My Weekly Reader in 1955.

Looks like I am going to love the future as much as, maybe even more, than I enjoy the present. But then, when I get to the future it will be the present, won’t it?

By the way, I found the list of inaccurate predictions at this wonderful website, 2Spare, Endless Entertainment to Spare. There are a total of 87 predictions with  lots of doozies and a few surprises to boot on the list. Since I only listed 7 of the 87 examples, it  is well worth a trip over there to have a look see. Just click the link and it will take you there.

Featured Recipes      Ice Cream Desserts

I have not shared a dessert recipe in quite some time. I share two today.

These are desserts for busy nights. In other words, there is little preparation. Quick and easy!

These desserts showcase a technique rather than an actual recipe.

Peach Melba Inspired Ice Cream

I love Peach Melba. But it does take a bit of time to fix. Last summer I shared a Peach Melba recipe with you. Click the link if you want to see that recipe too.

This recipe has much of the same flavor without all of the work.

This is what you will need:

1 scoop peach ice cream* or sorbet per person

1 package raspberries

1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

1-2 tablespoons sugar

*Preferably with chunks of peaches.

This is what you do:

Place the raspberries in a bowl. Add the sugar and a squirt or two of lemon juice over the raspberries.

Now start mashing the raspberries with a fork.

Continue to mash the raspberries until you have a nice sauce-like consistency. Add a bit more lemon juice if the sauce is too thick. Also taste for sweetness and add a bit more sugar if needed.

Place a scoop or two of the peach ice cream in a bowl. Top with some of the sauce.

As Jamie Oliver would say, “Easy Peasy.” As Rachel Ray would say, “Yumm-o”

VARIATION: Use lemon sorbet and blueberries instead.


Raspberry Sorbet with Chocolate Sauce

Raspberries and chocolate are a marriage made in heaven. The two are divinely inspired.

You know when you use fresh fruit in a dessert it negates all other calories. That’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking with it.

This is what you will need:

1-2 scoops raspberry sorbet

1-2 tablespoons chocolate sauce

Fresh raspberries for garnish

Here is what you do.

Place a scoop or two of the sorbet in a bowl. Pour some of the chocolate sauce over the top of the sorbet. Garnish with the fresh raspberries.

Now how easy is that?

VARIATION: Place the scoops on waxed paper that is on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. When the sorbet  is hard top with the chocolate. Freeze until the chocolate is hard. Serve on plate with fresh raspberries for garnish. 

Bon Appetit!!!


Costs figured on a scoop being of average size of ½ cup or 4 ounces.

Peach Melba Inspired Ice Cream

4 scoops* peach ice cream               $2.56

1 package raspberries                      $3.59

1-2 tablespoons lemon juice             $0.25

1-2 tablespoons sugar                      $0.04

Total cost = $6.44                                       

Cost per person = $1.61

Raspberry Sorbet with Chocolate Sauce

1-2 scoops* raspberry sorbet         $2.96

1-2 tablespoons chocolate sauce     $0.88

Fresh raspberries for garnish          $3.59

Total cost = $7.43

Cost per person = $1.86

Quote of the Day

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. 

Jim Fiebig

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1 comment to Crystal Ball Gazing

  • I would like to stare into an ice cream ball on a regular basis. I am not sure what I would accurately predict other than my own weight gain, but it would certainly be a tasty adventure. Thank you for sharing.