There’s an article at Asylum going around all about assorted ‘bad predictions’ … one has a bit o’ classcon:
“Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite ‘The Iliad.'” — Bruce Sterling, a science-fiction writer and journalist, told The New York Times.
ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 1) — a festival originally ordered in response to an interpretation of the Sybilline books in 238 B.C., it fell into desuetude only to be revived in 173 B.C.; it was a general festival of drinking and other merriment in honour of Flora, who presided over (of course) flowers and their blossoms (Chloris is also mentioned … I’m still trying to figure that one out).
4977 B.C. — birth of the universe, according to the calculations of Johannes Kepler
1737 — Birth of Edward Gibbon (he wrote some sort of book apparently)