Friday, March 16, 2012

Psychic Predictions 2011: Update

It's time to take a look at our psychic predictions for the year 2011. We'll take a look at what the hits and partial hits were for 2011.

Ginger had several predictions that were hits and partial hits. Although, our standards for what qualifies as a "hit" is different from that of the psychics and their proponents.

Ginger's first prediction was, "There will be a major internet outage through much of the US." Little did Ginger know that 2011 would have headlines like:

Web chaos as Amazon cloud failure crashes major websites...

Amazon EC2 outage downs Reddit, Quora

Millions of internet users hit by massive Sony PlayStation data theft

Also, we should not forget when there was a PlayStation Network outage that left millions of gamers stranded in their parents' basements. This can definitely be considered a hit by "professional" psychic standards.

The next prediction on Ginger's hit-list was, "Jack Lalanne will die of a massive heart attack." While Jack LaLanne did die, he did not die of a heart attack. In fact, LeLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia on January 23, 2011. If we were using strict standards, this would be only a partial hit. Again, we're using "professional" psychic standards. Therefore, this is another hit.

Unfortunately, another one of Ginger's predictions came true. I say unfortunate because it was the prediction that "Christopher Hitchens will pass away, but no death bed conversion." Sadly, Hitchens died on December 15, 2011. This was bad news for the skeptical and secular world at- large, but that means Ginger gets another "hit" for her psychic predictions. That's three hits for Ginger.

Mark T. had his own "hit" with one of his 2011 psychic predictions. Mark predicted "A Republican will say something stupid." All one would really have to do to find proof that this prediction was a "hit" is watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Ray and Mary had several predictions that were "hits" for the year 2011. Their first prediction was, "FOX News will produce false-negative reports about the Obama administration." Good for Ray and Mary because their prediction was a "hit", bad for Gretchen Carlson when she claimed that the Obama administration was going to impose a "Christmas tree tax." That's one point for Ray and Mary.

Ray and Mary also got a hit when they predicted, "Extreme weather will occur in the US and the rest of the world. (This has nothing to do with global warming)." As long as they are saying that "this has nothing to do with global warming," this is a hit. You can check out this page from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website to see that this is definitely a hit.

Ray and Mary's prediction, "Glenn Beck will be involved in a big scandal and fired from FOX," became another hit. In April of 2011 FOX News announced that Beck would, "transition off of his daily program." That's three points for Ray and Mary.

Randy S. had a "hit" of his own when he predicted, "people will begin seeing Michael Jackson in high-end antique stores, or cub scout meetings." While those two specific places were not hit upon in 2011, this can still be considered a hit. There's a website dedicated to Michael Jackson sightings and it does feature "sightings" from 2011. That's one point for Randy S.

Randy P. gets a point for predicting, "A magnitude 8.0+ earthquake will strike Sarah Palin's Alaska." While there was not an earthquake of the magnitude Randy P. predicted, he still gets a point for the 3.9 earthquake that occurred in Anchorage in late December 2011. That's a point for Randy P. He also got a hit with, "The sky will turn dark once in 2011 somewhere on Earth during daylight hours." There was more than one eclipse in 2011 according to NASA. Randy P. had another "hit" when he predicted "The sky will be filled with blazing trails of light on Monday, January 3."

Wendy had a hit when she predicted, "There will be a big earthquake in California." While "big" was not defined or explained, it can still be a hit because of that 4.1 earthquake that occurred January 8, 2011. That's one point for Wendy.

Finally, I myself had a few hits from my 2011 predictions. First, I predicted, "Steve Jobs will come out with a new version of the iPad." This most definitely became a hit when Jobs introduced the world to the iPad 2. Unfortunately, I just happened to miss the whole Steve Jobs dying part of 2011. Oops! I still get a hit and that's one point for me.

My proudest prediction is, "Oprah's new network will fail miserably." It turns out that Oprah had a very disappointing first year of her new OWN TV network. Maybe she'll be able to turn it around...maybe not. That's two points for me.

That does it for our Cleveland Skeptics' Psychic Predictions: 2011 UPDATES. Who knew that even skeptics can be "psychic?" Maybe the James Randi Educational Foundation will reward us the Million Dollar Prize. (Wink, wink),

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