Life magazine and Nostradamus.

Life magazine and Nostradamus.

In honor of Lenin’s birthday Earth Day, this week’s Memory Lane Monday is going all the way back to a Life magazine article published in January 1970.

While the magazine itself only made it to 1972, with a resurrection in 1978 and a final extinction in 2000, Life was ready to call time on humanity back in the 70’s.

The article claimed that due to scientists having, “Solid experimental and theoretical evidence,” the two predictions below were basically assured.

Get ready, Life magazine was really on the ball…

So chic!

So chic!

The first, “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution.”

Oh yeah, the 80’s were all about hair scrunchies, shoulder pads, and gas masks.

The second prediction by Life magazine was even a little more specific than the first, “By 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.”

Wait! When did tanning beds start? Was that ’85?