Annals of Insanity, #237: No War in 1950!

This Los Angeles Times article, from New Year’s Day 1950, makes a variety of optimistic predictions about the year to come, with just one slight mistake.

Like most top officials, [Vice President Alben] Barkley sees little likelihood of war during 1950. ‘I think the odds are strongly against it,’ he says. They’re 1000 to one, reports the International Statistical Bureau.

Author: Alex Sayf Cummings

Alex Sayf Cummings is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University. His work deals with media, law, and the political culture of the modern United States. He has previously received a Consortium for Faculty Diversity fellowship, an ACLS-Mellon postdoctoral fellowship, and the American Baptist Historical Society’s Torbet Prize. His work has appeared in Salon, the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, Technology and Culture, and the edited volume Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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