Cathy will end its 34-year run in October, and though it will probably be remembered for its repetitive jokes involving chocolate and swimsuits, Cathy Guisewite's strip was actually eerily prescient on the ills that bedevil us today.
In amongst the standard Cathy boilerplate (Guisewite could squeeze weeks of material out of a bad haircut or a trip to the accountant), these strips from 1996 offer a terrifying glimpse into our future. Let's take a look:
Cathy's dieting travails were not hers alone. Here, the strip predicts the obesity crisis and attending hysteria.
And the advent of low-carb diets, well before Atkins became a household name.
But food wasn't Cathy's only area of expertise. Add Guisewite to the list of Cassandras who predicted the financial crisis. Why didn't we heed her words?
Not that Cathy's own response to the impending crisis was particularly enlightened. She sounds like some of the young women surveyed recently by demographer Maddy Dychtwald, many of whom uttered some variation of, "I'd really like to have a man that could take care of me." The more things change ...