In the December 1900 edition of Ladies Home Journal, writer John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. wrote what at the time must have been a startling collection of predictions:
These prophecies will seem strange, almost impossible. Yet they have come from the most learned and conservative minds in America. To the wisest and most careful men in our greatest institutions of science and learning I have gone, asking each in his turn to forecast for me what, in his opinion, will have been wrought in his own field of investigation before the dawn of 2001 — a century from now. These opinions I have carefully transcribed.
As far as I know, none of the predictions involved returning the subject and verb to the beginning of the sentence. (I can hear Yoda saying a couple of those lines; picky I am). However, let’s take a lighthearted skip through the rest of their forecasts: