Every year, readers are asked to give their best predictions for the next year. Here are their prophecies. It's fun and interesting to see how well (or how poorly) they did.
As in past years, most of the predictions focused on the bad stuff -- the wars and conflicts, severe weather, the natural disasters, and a still faltering world economy. But there are also some brighter outlooks for mankind, some interesting scientific discoveries, and even predictions for what might happen in the realm of the paranormal.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding the year 2012. While some fear an escalation of world troubles that could result in an apocalypse, others hope that this year will be a turning point for mankind that brings us into a new, more enlightened age. The majority of us, however, assume that 2012 will be pretty much like any other year, bringing its share of both happiness and tragedies.
Readers see: economic upheaval, more war, more natural disasters, UFO disclosure, and more.
Readers see: economic growth, legalized marijuana, tsunamis, terrorist attacks and more.
Readers see: greater unity for mankind, nuclear war, stock market rebound, electric- and hydrogen-powered cars, and more.
Readers see: Cure for cervical cancer, sun flares cause havoc, troops pulled out from The Middle East, major plane crash near Grand Canyon, and more.
Readers see: daylight sightings of unknown flying crafts, Fidel Castro dies, accidental nuclear explosion, Osama Bin Laden will be found alive, and more.
Readers see: troops will be pulled out of Iraq, doctors develop medicine that can destroy HIV viruses, people will survive the alien attack, George Bush is impeached or resigns, and more.
Readers see: Fossil fuels will sharply diminish, the Pope will pass away, Cheney and Rumsfeld resign, A meteor impact in or around New York City, and more.
Readers see: Osama bin Laden will be captured, President Bush is re-elected, reading glasses with little light bulbs, Peter Jackson will win Best Direction for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which also wins Best Picture, and more.
Readers: Iran will reveal its nuclear program, Jimmy Carter announces a new bid for president, cures for AIDS and cancer, time travel realized, and more.