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The Truth About the Nostradamus predictions floating around the Net I have no doubt that some will seriously claim that the 16th-century prophet Nostradamus predicted the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks in his writings — such claims follow virtually every modern disaster — but various "quatrains" already being circulated under Nostradamus' name are demonstrably bogus. First example:
I have no doubt that some will seriously claim that the 16th-century prophet Nostradamus predicted the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks in his writings — such claims follow virtually every modern disaster — but various "quatrains" already being circulated under Nostradamus' name are demonstrably bogus.
"In the City of God there will be a great thunder,
- Nostradamus 1654
Unfortunately, Nostradamus died in 1566, so it's rather unlikely he wrote this passage in 1654. The quatrain is not to be found in his published oeuvre. It's a hoax.
The text apparently originated on a Web page entitled "A Critical Analysis of Nostradamus," written several years ago by a student named Neil Marshall. Marshall made up the quatrain to demonstrate — quite ironically, in light of how it is now being misused — that the writings of Nostradamus are so cryptic that they can be interpreted to mean almost anything.
Two metal birds?
An interesting variant of the faux prophecy was posted in the newsgroup soc.culture.palestine under the heading "They followed his prediction":
|In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos,while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb''The third big war will begin when the big city is burning'- Nostradamus 1654 ...on the 11 day of the 9 month that...two metal birds would crash into two tall statues...in the new city..and the world will end soon after" "From the book of Nostradamus"|
Again, this text cannot be found in Nostradamus' writings. It's a hoax.
Third variant, circulating by email:
Subject: Re: Nostradamus
Century 6, Quatrain 97
Two steel birds will fall from the sky on the
[New York City lies between 40-45 degrees] Immediately
This is a revision of an actual verse by Nostradamus. The original is typically translated this way:
The sky will burn at forty-five degrees latitude,
Fire approaches the great new city
Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up
When they want to have verification from the Normans.
Nostradamus never mentioned "two steel birds," nor did he write that "the undead will roam the earth." New York City lies at exactly 40 degrees, 42 minutes, 51 seconds north latitude. While it isn't false to say it lies "between 40-45 degrees," it's imprecise, misleading and an obvious ploy to make the prophecy seem relevant.
A third big war?
Variant #4, circulating by email:
Nostradamus' prediction on WW3:
"In the year of the new century and nine months,
"In the city of york there will be a great collapse,
He said this will be bigger than the previous two. 2001 is the first year of the new century and this is the 9th month. New York is located at the 41st degree Latitude.
In this case, a very few words actually written by Nostradamus have been creatively enhanced by person(s) unknown. Notice the addition of a reference to a "third big war" to the passage already circulating. Pure bunk.