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Where are the flying cars? Right here!

When I was a kid, “The Jetsons” was one of my favorite cartoons because I knew that I’d one day have a flying car, just like George Jetson. If it folded into a briefcase, that would be a bonus.

Well, I’m still waiting for my flying car, just like the rest of you.

I can’t tell you exactly why our automobiles are still confined by gravity, but I can point you to a spot that has a collection of futuristic aeromobiles.

Paleofuture — A look into the future that never was — (www.paleofuture.com) focuses on predictions from the past that have never panned out. Flying cars is just the start on this entertaining and sometimes provocative site. Other never-happened topics include space colonies and travel; meals in a pill; moving sidewalks and other modes of transportation; futuristic houses; and fashion.

There are sections devoted to forward-thinkers like Arthur C. Clarke, Buckminster Fuller and Victor Cohn and the obligatory robots and automation categories. You can browse failed predictions by decade, from the 1870s through the 1990s. Perhaps more recent forecasts have either come to fruition or just haven’t been collected yet.

A special thanks to the Very Short List (www.VSL.com) for this tip.

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