The list of bets on Longbets reminds Gothamist of the classic Late Show with Conan O'Brien bit, In the Year 2000. For example, number 2 on Longbets: "In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times' Web site." Maybe Longbets, a non-profit which aims to improve long-term thinking with all bets going to good causes, should work with Late Show for some synergy.
Some of our favorite In the Year 2000 predictions:
"Michael Jackson's son, Prince Michael II will write a memoir in which he wistfully recalls that one glorious moment on the balcony when he nearly escaped."
"Rather than waste time with an office visit, Christina Aguilera will send her gynecologist a copy of her latest video."
"The cast of 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' will change its name from the 'Fab Five' back to their original name, 'N Sync.'"
"Adding a second string to a regular yoyo a black toy inventor will invent the 'yoyoyo.'"
"After their recent appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, Guns 'n Roses will be forced to change their name to 'Chubby McGoo and the guys who aren't Slash'."
And Mr. T's "Conan O' Brien will be pitied not be me as a fool, but by fools as a superfool."
Buy the In the Year 2000 book.