Things In 2017 That Would Shock People Back In 2007

Posted by Michael Avery in History On 2nd October 2017

We haven’t colonized the moon. Neither have we discovered alien life or manufactured flying cars. But in the last decade, there are events, situations, and developments that can shock anyone from 2007. Some people are still alive, yet we thought they would not live long enough to see 2017. A good example is Stephen Hawking. How has he lived past 70 with ALS? But he’s not our only surprise, both Queen Elizabeth II and Betty White are still around yet they are past 90 years. No one from 2007 would believe the next two American presidents after Bush, or that Osama Bin Laden was captured, but that did not end anti-Americanism. Facebook managed to outdo MySpace. In fact, some Americans want its inventor, Mark Zuckerberg, to run for the presidency in 2020. Shows like SpongeBob, The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy are still airing; and so are major box office hits like Fast and Furious, Transformers and Star Wars. But George Lucas retired and sold Lucas Films to Disney; so Disney is now responsible for the Star Wars story. Is it more saddening to mention that Han Solo and Princess Leia are no more? Carrie Fisher passed on for real, not just as a character. Paul Walker, Bernie Mac, Gene Wilder, James Avery, Heath Ledger, Prince, Michael Clark Duncan, and Michael Jackson are also past tense. Whitney Houston succumbed to a drug overdose, then later, her daughter committed suicide. These unbelievable events took place in the last decade, but there are others that we’ll try and look into in detail:



On August 11, 2014, the world was shocked by the news that Robin Williams hung himself. Robin had been a darling to many because he was an outstanding comedian and he had one of the brightest smiles. He had won the hearts of many with his creativity, and people spent countless hours re-watching Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Good Morning Vietnam, among his other remarkable films. Initially, his fans and family had speculated about his suicide; most of them suspecting depression, but it later emerged that Robin had ended his life because he was suffering from a condition that made him feel like his sanity was slowly slipping away. Robin had a debilitating brain disease called Lewy body dementia that made him experience irrational fears, memory problems, paranoia, and delusions. The Lewy bodies had spread throughout his brain and had caused so much damage that it was easier to say the 63-year-old had chemical warfare in his brain.



The invasion of Iraq was never the solution to America’s problem. If anything, it has further fanned the flames of hatred against the Westerners, especially the U.S, and it failed to restore calm in the Middle East. It seems as though the countless children who were orphaned by U.S bombs are now grown up and are on a vengeance mission. They are executing their terror through a new group named ISIS, otherwise referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Initially, ISIS was a branch of Al Qaeda, but due to its cruel acts and brutality, there were disagreements, and it distanced itself from Al Qaeda. It may be proper to say that while Al Qaeda was the teacher, ISIS was the student. But the ‘student’ surpassed the teacher in brutality. ISIS is today considered the biggest threat to Western society. In 2015 alone, the group carried out attacks in 252 different cities and was responsible for over 6,000 deaths. This terror group has mastery of the internet and has been using this ability to recruit thousands of jihadists. Its goal is to establish a caliphate that will rule the world.


Sometime around August 2016, communities around America and other parts of the world were perturbed by sightings of clowns. Social media was blowing up with creepy homemade clown videos and schools sent out warning letters while some closed. The matter was so serious that it got mentioned at a White House media briefing. No one could explain the sudden influx of clowns. The first reported cases were in the US before the madness spread to Australia, the UK, and Brazil. In the U.S, there were reported sightings in both South Carolina and North Carolina, and by October, the sightings had spread to the West Coast. Several arrests were made, and the police had to increase patrols outside schools. Fancy dress shops were even asked to get rid of clown masks and McDonald’s famous clown mascot, Ronald McDonald, was forced to limit his public appearances. It later turned out that some of the reported cases were just scares, though a few involved actual clowns. Whether it was a creepy clown epidemic or just a sick joke, these clowns started getting their butts kicked, and it wasn’t fun anymore.


Marijuana has gone mainstream in many ways. In fact, 4/20, the unofficial stoner holiday, is now celebrated worldwide because weed enthusiasts have more places to enjoy their ‘stuff.’ Research has revealed that the majority of Americans support the decriminalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Already, marijuana is legal in 30 states in the US, but most of these states only approve it for medicinal purposes. However, in places like Alaska, California, Oregon, Maine, Nevada, Washington DC, and Massachusetts, it is okay to use marijuana for recreational purposes. On April 19th, 2017, weed lovers from Parachute, Colorado were surprised when a drive through pot shop opened its doors. In countries like Uruguay and Jamaica, weed is already legal for recreational use. It is also widely available in countries like Spain and the Netherlands. Other countries like Canada, Italy, Belgium, Argentina, Russia, Pakistan, and Portugal are still working on how to make it legal. Soon, it may be difficult to keep track of where weed is legal or not.



Electric automobiles are here, finally, and they are reliable in many ways. The Tesla P90D, for example, can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in a staggering 2.6 seconds. This is absurdly quick and rivals cars manufactured by Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari. Tesla is already making a big name in the electric vehicle industry. A typical Tesla can accelerate faster than regular cars but is only limited to 155 miles per hour. That seems fair enough and is beyond most combustion-engine vehicles. The greatest feature about electric vehicles is that they use electricity that is stored in batteries instead of fuel. This enables them to achieve remarkable horsepower. When they go mainstream, they are certainly going to displace oil markets. Despite their zero-carbon-emitting feature, which is great for the environment, they will be cheaper to maintain compared to regular vehicles. The problem is that manufacturing them is still costly, but it is expected to decline by 2022.

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