Grumpy Americans of the 1970s Wanted to Rewrite the Constitution

The 1970s was a rough time for most Americans. The economy was tanking, inflation was out of control, and thanks to the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal, few people had anything good to say about their government. Which is why predictions about the future from this era are so fascinating. » 3/25/15 3:44pm Wednesday 3:44pm

1970s Kids Dressed Up For the Year 2000

What will people dress like in the year 2000? That was the question in 1978 when kids at Lincoln Middle School in Indiana were encouraged to participate in a dress-up contest for "Year 2000 Day." Their answer? Apparently a little bit Judy Jetson, a heavy helping of astronaut, and maybe a dash of... Darth Maul? » 9/30/14 12:07pm 9/30/14 12:07pm

Libra: The 21st Century (Libertarian) Space Colony

There's nothing hotter right now than starting your own libertarian-minded community from scratch. Or at least threatening to do so. » 8/20/14 4:00pm 8/20/14 4:00pm

The American Plan to Build Nuclear Power Plants in the Ocean

A new nuclear power plant hasn't been built in the U.S. in over 30 years. But in the 1970s nuclear power was still in many ways a low-emissions dream of the future. » 8/11/14 4:02pm 8/11/14 4:02pm

These Trippy 1970s TV Ads Warned That The Government Was Spying On You

In 1974, director Godfrey Reggio produced a series of public service announcements for the New Mexico Civil Liberties Union that were two parts "art house" and one part "makes u think." The ads are weird, for sure. But they're an interesting peek into the techno-reactionary fears of a country grappling with Watergate,… » 8/11/14 1:49pm 8/11/14 1:49pm

Sunday Funnies Blast Off Into the Space Age

Traveling in a Boeing 747 in the 1970s was pretty damn awesome

Air travel did have a Golden Age. There was more space, classier interiors and bolder designs. You don't even have to go back to the 50s and 60s to see that. Here are some of the actual cabin interiors for the Boeing 747s in the 1970s. They are awesome. » 1/20/14 7:54am 1/20/14 7:54am

18 Bizarre Letters to the Future That Only '70s Kids Will Understand

Will the year 2000 be filled with flying cars or polluted air? Push-button lunches or the start of World War III? These were just some of the predictions made by fourth grade kids in 1976, who had trouble deciding if the future was going to be filled with high-tech gadgets or nuclear war. Or maybe both. » 10/24/13 2:15pm 10/24/13 2:15pm

NASA In the 1970s: 10,000-Person Space Colony By the Year 2000!

Ah, sweet, sweet naivety. In this reto-tastic NASA video about space colonization, the narrator waxes optimistically about building a 10,000-person space colony before the year 2000. Hey, at least we got the ISS, right? [Boing Boing] » 7/17/11 6:00pm 7/17/11 6:00pm

Collage Exhibition Contemplates Aesthetic Horrors of the 70s

Funny how electronics of the 70s were better dressed than the people who used them, no? Mixed-media artist David "Netherland" van Alphen tackles the decade's blighted fashions and obsession with sound in a new show at San Francisco's Gallery 1988. » 8/17/10 10:20am 8/17/10 10:20am

The Desperate Times Before Internet Porn

Getting porn as a kid in the '70s was hard. You had to be part 007, part Pee Wee Herrman and part Rocky (specifically, the meat beating training scene). In short, there was no internet. How'd they do it? » 7/16/09 4:40pm 7/16/09 4:40pm

Old School TV Bed: The Wave of Yesterday's Future

This bed with a built-in TV and stereo in the headboard is what everyone in the 1970s thought people would have on a regular basis in the 21st century. Apparently they were under the impression that they had awesome taste in fabrics and color palettes and there's no way we would get sick of and eventually mock them… » 3/16/07 1:30pm 3/16/07 1:30pm