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1. 2026: A massive church called the Sagrada Familia is expected to be finished in Barcelona, Spain, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its designer's death. That architect was killed by a trolley-car and buried in an unmarked grave, after working on it for 43 years beginning in 1883. Who was the Barcelona-based architect?
2. 2300: According to a claim made by Eric Schmidt, a certain company will finally achieve its goal "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." That company also subscribes to the corporate motto "Don't be evil," even though some have accused it of trying to take over the world. Who knows, by 2300! What software company is it?
3. 2640: After 639 years, an organ in the St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany is scheduled to finish its performance of "As Slow As Possible." The piece of music, which is printed on eight pages, was a work of an American composer also known for prepared pianos and a work set in utter silence, "4'33"." Who was this eccentric American composer?
4. 2800s: A few scientists theorize that, for the first time, the city of Pripyat and surrounding areas will be inhabitable by humans once more. Pripyat served as the home for workers at which of the following institutions, an April 1986 accident at which resulted in thousands of deaths?
5. 3183: The final block will be placed on a structure located in Wemding, Germany, which was begun in 1993 and will take 1190 years to finish. Why 1190? There will be 120 blocks placed in all, beginning with an eight-by-eight square and ending with a two-by-two layer. What is the name given to the planned structure?
6. 4000s: Sometime during the millennium, the Age of Capricorn will begin, according to some astrological theories. The Age of Capricorn would replace the astrological age that has been the subject of much debate (are we in it yet?), but which was made famous by the musical "Hair." What astrological age would precede Capricorn?
7. 6757: According to astronomers, for the first time in recorded history, Earth will experience a simultaneous transit and solar eclipse. The transit will occur when a planet passes between the Earth and the Sun in its orbit, allowing there to be four collinear bodies in the Solar System. Which of these planets, also the fastest in its revolution, will transit?
8. 8113: The Crypt of Civilization will be opened at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. The time capsule was one of the first to be made in history, and contains several items of historical interest. Which of these objects ISN'T housed in the Crypt, which was sealed in 1940?
9. Circa 10,000 CE: According to Brandon Carter, no humans will be left alive on planet Earth. Carter's calculations are based on the fact that his 1983 assertion probably was made halfway through the lifespan of the human race. Scary prospect, perhaps? What name is given to Carter's argument, which erroneously suggests the end of the Earth during one twenty-four hour span?
10. 10,759: Lucky for us, if the whole human race isn't dead in the year 10,000, we'll still have more than 750 years to enjoy beer, before one company's original 9000-year lease on St. James' Gate Brewery expires. The now-obsolete 1759 agreement was made at a lease of 45 pounds every year, and resulted in the brewery becoming the biggest in Ireland by the nineteenth century. What company made that agreement?
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