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Fifth Graders From 1995 Accurately Predicted Internet Would be Dominated by Cats

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Back in 1995, fifth grade students at Ray Bjork school in Helena, Montana shot a PSA extolling the virtues of the internet, which was just starting to break into the mainstream.

The fresh-faced kids talk about what they think the internet will be like by the time they get to college. “It will be like our telephone,” one student accurately predicts. “Our television,” another adds.

The class goes on to talk about the future internet’s ability to help you shop, get your sports scores and allow you to quickly gather information from around the world. The spot went on to win a local ADDY Award in 1996 for Best PSA.

But the most impressive part of the PSA comes about halfway in. “I even found a recipe for cat food cupcakes,” says a girl as she holds her pet kitty. Then the video displays a website titled “Feline Information Page.”

Yup, these 11-year-olds from Montana knew, back in 1995, that the internet would eventually just become a giant delivery system for cat videos and feline-related stories. (And if you doubt that’s one of web’s main functions, click this link.)

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