The following is an excerpt from Unbelievable!: The Bizarre World of Coincidences. Whether or not you believe in the power of prophecy, it’s always unnerving when predictions turn out to be true. Surely they’re nothing but lucky guesses -- right? Nosta-damned-us Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, was a sixteenth-century French apothecary and reputed seer best known for his book Les Prophéties (The Prophecies), first published in 1555 and in print ever since. Generation after generation have appropriated Nostradamus’s writings as truthful predictions of major events. Below are a few choice examples. Make of them what you will. PROPHECY: "The blood of the just will be demanded of London, Burnt by the fire in the year 66." EVENT:The Great Fire of London in 1666. This raging inferno destroyed the medieval City of London and is estimated to have burned the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The number of those who actually lost their lives is mercifully thought to be in single digits. PROPHECY: From the enslaved people, songs, chants and demands, The princes and lords are held captive in prisons: In the future by such headless idiots These will be taken as divine utterances ... Before the war comes The great wall will fall, The King will be executed; his death, coming too soon, will be lamented.
will swim in blood, Near the River Seine the soil will be bloodied.
EVENT: The French Revolution, 1789. This bloody rebellion saw aristocrats and royalty arrested and beheaded by guillotine; the large, central fortress-like prison, the Bastille, was stormed and ultimately demolished; and the captive King of France, Louis XVI, was executed in 1793. The king’s execution was four years after the revolution started –- so not quite "too soon" –- but there’s no telling that to Nostradamus’s fan club.
PROPHECY: From the depths of the West of Europe A young child will be born of poor people, He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.
EVENT: Hitler and the rise of socialism. Also referred to as "the Germany child," the figure referred to here is invariably taken to be Adolf Hitler, fascist chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and progenitor of World War II and the Holocaust.
PROPHECY: Volcanic fire from the centre of the earth Will cause trembling around the new city: Two great rocks will make war for a long time. Then Arethusa will redden a new river...
EVENT: The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Those keen to see the shadow of Nostradamus hovering over this tragic event read the "centre of the earth" as its trade centre, the "new city" as New York and the "two great rocks" as the towers or alternatively the religions of Christianity and Islam. Other verses are falsely cited to back up the 9/11 claim, including references to "steel birds" (the airplanes that crashed into the towers), willfully ignoring the fact that steel wasn’t invented until the nineteenth century.
Other Historical Premonitions via Huffington Post.
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