Viral Facebook prophet saw every major event of 2016 coming

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If you're poking around on Facebook, you might stumble upon a post that dates back to December and predicts all the batshit crazy things that have gone down in 2016: the death of Prince, Hillary Clinton's ascendence, and even the death of Harambe the gorilla.

Originally published on December 26, 2016 by a random guy named Pablo Reyes, the post currently has around 127,000 likes, and has been shared more than 180,00 times. Commenters are certain that Reyes is a member of the Illuminati, the shadowy club that supposedly has Kanye West, Jay Z, and Beyoncé in its ranks. Fortunately, this is not a doomsday prophet who traveled here from the future; he's almost certainly just doing some creative Facebook editing.

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In its original state, the post contained none of the predictions currently on display: "White people outside taking selfies with tornadoes and shit." Perhaps this was insightful at the time (probably not), but does not mean Reyes is any kind of soothsayer. His post is also only retroactively predictive. One Twitter user has traced some of the edits, which he just started making:

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BuzzFeed points out that it's possible to edit a timestamp on a post. So you could post something today, and go back in and make it say it was posted, oh, about five years ago. I tried it on one of my own recent posts:

And I traveled back to 2011:

See? It's easy. Anyone can make it seem like they're clairvoyant on Facebook. Also, it's always worth considering the source. Reyes apparently spread hoaxes on Facebook before, and he used to work at a fake news site called Huzlers. Let this be another lesson on why you can't take anything you read on social media at face value.

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Related: See Facebook through the years:

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Viral Facebook prophet saw every major event of 2016 coming

The original Facebook homepage from 2004 with a small picture of Al Pacino in the top left corner.

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Mark Zuckerberg originally described himself as not only the founder of Facebook, but also as the "Master and Commander" and "Enemy of the State."

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Here's what a Facebook group page looked like in 2005.

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For comparison, this is what a Facebook group page looks like today.

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The Facebook homepage in 2005 also listed all of the schools the social network was in -- and still included the photo of Al Pacino.

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The company decided to drop the "the" from its name in 2005, after it bought the domain Facebook.com for $200,000.

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We love this gem about "poking" from one of the original FAQ pages.

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Facebook's homepage in 2006 was a stripped-back affair, doing away with the list of schools in favor of a simple login option.

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Mark Zuckerberg's profile in 2006.

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Facebook launched the News Feed to display all your friends' activity in a single timeline in 2006.

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At the same time, Facebook introduced the Mini-Feed. But the entire concept of a News Feed resulted in some very public outrage. Some users even went so far to call one of Facebook's product managers the devil.

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Facebook's 2007 homepage contained the first instance of its now-synonymous logo and offered the "latest news" from friends.

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The Facebook of 2008 continued to refine the homepage and offered options for signing up.

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Facebook gained the "connected world" diagram in 2009, which lasted all the way until 2011.

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In 2009, Facebook's home page also got a facelift. Posts started to stream through the News Feed in real-time.

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That same year, Facebook also introduced its algorithm for determining the order in which status updates should be displayed.

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Facebook changed its logo font in 2010 but left the homepage much the same.

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2010 was also when Facebook brought notifications to the top navigation bar following yet another redesign.

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Facebook also rolled out a new, more visual profile in 2010. It added a row of recently tagged images below your name and basic profile information.

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Facebook left the design the same in 2011, but made the input boxes used to log in clearer.

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Facebook launched the News Ticker in 2011 so users could keep up with their friends while browsing through other parts of Facebook.

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The Facebook Timeline feels like it's been around since the beginning. But it launched in 2011 to act as a virtual timeline of your entire life.

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Facebook also split its instant messaging into a different app called Messenger in 2011. It's now got more than 800 million monthly users.

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Facebook swapped out the connected world diagram for a phone in 2012 as its users moved from desktop to mobile. Today, over 800 million people access Facebook on mobile everyday.

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Facebook started flooding the News Feed with sponsored stories in January 2012.

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Facebook settled on a design in 2013 that it would stay with for the next few years.

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This is what Facebook's mobile app looked like when it first launched.

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It has since been completely redesigned.

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Facebook also owns a bunch of other popular apps, most notably Instagram, which the company bought for $1 billion in 2012. With more than 400 million monthly users, that seems like a steal nowadays.

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2015 was a big year for Facebook that saw its first ever day with one billion users online simultaneously. The company had figured out how to make money from mobile too, turning it into a $300 billion business.

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Today, more than 1.5 billion people use the social network every single month.

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And more than 1.4 billion people use it on their mobile phones every month. Not bad, considering 12 years ago smartphones didn't even exist.

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Here's the Facebook homepage today, on its 12th birthday.
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