A tradesman has found a letter hidden in a bathroom wall in Rozelle, Australia, with eerie predictions of the future from the mid-’90s. The letter written by Greg Wilkinson, 61, accompanied by a photo of him and his wife, Roslyn Green has accurately predicted the future with precision.
New York Post revealed that letter started with the line “Hello whoever you are.”
It went further “this letter was put into this stud wall on Easter Saturday, 15th April, 1995. It is pissing down and so a good day to be renovating.”
“Ros reckons you will be reading this in the year 2020. I built the wall, and I reckon closer to 2060,” the letter said, proving he was a little ambitious about the date.
Wilkinson and Green bought the house in 1987 for just $170,000. He said it was “uninhabitable,” and the couple had to renovate everything but the shell.
“Ros is pregnant and because she is the inquisitive type, we know we are expecting a son,” a young and cheerful Wilkinson wrote in the letter.
The letter is bittersweet, because while the couple welcomed a baby boy in August, Green tragically died two years later from breast cancer, Wilkinson told Fairfax.
“I feel quite emotional having seen it. All that water under the bridge for me and the world. My beautiful Ros looking back at me from the past,” he said.
Back in 1995, Wilkinson predicted Islam would plunge large parts of the globe into a “holy war” that will continue for a long time until “both sides realize that if this is what their god wants, then there probably isn’t one after all.”
He also wrote that China would become a world economic superpower, and that if it ever decided it needed more space, Australia could be a target.
“Our only means of defense is understanding,” he said, explaining that Australians should learn about Chinese language and culture.
The letter was written using Windows V5.0 on a laptop with 8mb of RAM, he wrote.
“This gear is near the top of the PC scale right now,” he wrote.
“The big deal at the moment is the internet. This is just exploding and every man and his dog wants to ‘surf’ the internet. Please tell me this expression has now died.”
He added he drives an Isuzu four-wheel drive, “but I sincerely hope that by the time you read this, there is some other form of nonpolluting form of transport.”
Back in 1995, a loaf of bread cost AUS$2.25 ($1.76), a case of Carlton Cold beer was just AUS$24.90 ($19.43) and one liter of fuel cost only 68 Australian cents ($0.53) — a price that seems unimaginable today.
“Hope I haven’t made the future look too bleak, but if one focuses on the problems of today, they would probably seem bleaker. We’re however, having a ball,” he said.
“We hope you enjoy living here as we did.”
Facebook users have been seriously impressed by his insights.
“Some accurate foresight there!” wrote Ben Frazer.
“I was one year old when this was done it’s always interesting to see how times change,” wrote Trent Schaffer.
“He wasn’t far off the money there,” said James Galdal.
“Hey Greg, what’s Tuesday’s lotto numbers?”
“Imagine if I gave you those! I’d have to hide my children!” Wilkinson responded.
In a separate comment, he thanked people for their interest.
“What a hoot. You have all been so kind and complimentary.”