In 1931, Dr. W.J. Mayo predicted…

… the average length of an American’s life would be 70 years in 2011. Only about ten years off. More from Abnormal Use:

Contagious and infectious diseases have been largely overcome, and the average length of life of man has increased to fifty-eight years. The great causes of death in middle and later life are diseases of heart, blood vessels and kidneys, diseases of the nervous system, and cancer. The progress that is being made would suggest that within the measure of time for this forecast the average life time of civilized man would be raised to the biblical term of three-score and ten.

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