When people think of astonishingly accurate predictions of the future, the first name that usually comes to mind is Nostradamus. Yes, the 16th-century French astrologer and prophet got a few things right, kinda-predicting everything from Adolf Hitler to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
But he’s far from the only one who’s made a lucky guess about what the future has in store. Everyone from science fiction writers to billionaire tech gurus to animated sitcoms has been telling us what tomorrow holds, and their track records have been surprisingly on the money.
From the exact date of James Dean’s death to a vision of cellphones before 1910, here are some predictions that nobody actually expected to come true, and yet that’s exactly what happened.