Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Random Prediction


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

You know how you say things to friends? You're just talking about nothing in particular, and sometimes the weirdest thoughts come out of your mouth. Well, for the sake of argument, let's say that you're talking nonsense (maybe you're a little drunk), and someone is recording your conversation. And this conversation gets posted somewhere...

What if one of the things you said was some sort of off the wall prediction? And what if that prediction suddenly came true? (Let's assume this all goes viral...)

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  1. I get drunk, babble some more, film my predictions, and charge money to let the public view them.

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    1. Hopefully more of them would then come true...

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  2. I think I'd be harassed. People from everyone would come to my house, wanting more predictions. Some might even threaten me, claiming I'm evil. And the FBI would definitely snatch me up and question me.

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    1. Yup, it could go dark pretty quick.

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  3. What Sherry said!
    Although crap, there would go my privacy...

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  4. No one would believe me, even after the prediction came true. Story of my life.

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    1. That's why it's filmed. Because anyone could claim they said something that ended up coming true, but this way you'd have proof.

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  5. I think I would try my luck then at gambling in Las Vegas :)

    betty

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  6. I'd be terrified by the thought that I could predict anything. That's a huge responsibility.

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    1. What's that saying? A broken watch is right twice a day. Not saying that you'd ever be able to repeat it. Just that it happened once, and you have proof.

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  7. I'd join Betty in Las Vegas. Or buy a few lottery tickets. Let them film that!!

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    1. It's interesting how people go for lottery tickets when they feel they're lucky. As if the two will go together.

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  8. I'd try to figure out some way I can repeat it because that would be a big money maker. But if it was just a fluke I'd probably just wait for the hype to die down. Things like that pass quickly.

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  9. I would get my own reality show, start having botox, lifts, enhancements and turn into some freak then my show would be cancelled and i would end up on Intervention because I got addicted to some pain killers....what a nightmare!

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    1. Wow, you've got a full on story there...

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  10. I would enter the Witness Protection Program somehow, because I would want to be gone from public sight forever. These things never end well. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  11. Oh man, it would depend on what exactly came true. If it was bad, then I'd be sitting there like OMG

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  12. I wouldn't sweat it. Life is long. Untold coincidences, and even more non-coincidences. I'm cool with it.

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  13. I'd probably shrug it off as a fluke.

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    1. What if it wasn't a fluke, though?

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  14. Things like that freak me out. When I was in college I got into reading tarot cards and before long people were coming to me and telling me how right I was about something and wanting me to read again. It was too scary. I had to quit because I didn't want all that responsibility!

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    1. But it's not your responsibility. If you just tell people what you see, what they do with that information is on them.

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  15. I'm one believes in Earth Base or I consider my self an earth base eclectic pagan...No one can see or predicted the future only part of it...Here goes...The reason Trump haven't release his taxes is because he has some shady dealing with Russia.

    Coffee is on

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    1. Oooh, let's see if your prediction proves true! I specifically didn't specify what the prediction could be. No, we can't see a complete picture of the future as it's still being written.

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  16. Oh I reckon if any prediction of mine came true the world would be a very strange place, so maybe everyone would have similar skills.

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  17. Unless I'd predicted the lottery numbers I'd pass it off as a fluke. Weird things have happened in my life but I generally ignore them. I wish I could predict the lottery numbers though :)

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    1. And you'd only have to do that once...

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  18. Could be interesting. Especially if another drunken prediction came true...people would want more predictions, which means you'd have to get drunk again, and then be hungover, which would suck, but then maybe you'd want to know and so would drink some more and oh what a vicious circle it would be.

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  19. I tend to say whatever pops into my head drunk or not. lol And coincidences happen. Guess it would be how specific a prediction. I don't know that it would bother me personally since it's not like you *caused* whatever to happen. The viral bit. Eh. So many things go viral these days.

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  20. Yay! :) That would be pretty awesome if it was something good that I wanted to happen.

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  21. I would start speculating that my time travel machine had been fixed and a future me had whispered the prediction into present me's ear. =)

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