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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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15. Prophecies, prophecies

A generation ago, we entered the Age of Aquarius. I remember the moment vividly, as the cast sang about it in a controversial stage musical of the day called Hair. It was controversial because the same cast took their clothes off. This nakedness lasted for precisely nine seconds (I timed it), during which time they were bathed in a blue spotlight. This made the men look very cold.

As we entered this exciting new age, many wise people made prophecies. They examined the deep-seated trends of the day and multiplied them by the square root of the zeitgeist. It is amazing, as we look back now, just how none of them came to pass. And by how much they missed the mark. Let’s have a closer look.

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