Monday, June 21, 2004

Is there something fishy about Nostradamous?

In 1555 Nostradamus predicted that December 2000 would see "the village idiot will come forth to be acclaimed the leader in the home of greatest power." ?

This email was making rounds around the internet after the election.

In 1555, Nostradamus wrote:
Come the millennium, month 12
In the home of greatest power,
The village idiot will come forth
To be acclaimed the leader.


Nostradamus wrote a lot of stuff so general (and obscure) that with the help of a little imagination (and some liberal interpretations from the original French), people have claimed he has "predicted" nearly every event of significance since the mid-16th century.

I actually saw a documentary that tried to explain whether Nostradamous really predicted evens like 9/11 or the world wars and the evidence is very inconclusive.

1 Comments:

Blogger kaitlin said...

There's all sorts of stuff like this out there. Pick up a copy of The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin. Apparently this guy figured out some mathematical way of finding hidden messages in the bible. It ended up getting a lot of attention and some scholars looked into it further and discovered that you could come up with a mathematical formula that would yeild all sorts of "codes" and that basically it was a giant hoax and could be manipulated to find just about anything you wanted. People have said that Nostradamus is so vague that he could be interpreted in many different ways and his words could be translated and manipulated to sound like actual predictions in the future, when in actuality most of it is pure coincidence and very loosely translated. Like you said, all evidence is inconclusive. I wonder if we'll ever know...

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