Bogus prophesies by Nostradamus

Bogus prophesies by Nostradamus

Nostradamus, born in the 16th century, is considered by some to be a
supposed "fortune teller" due to a set of so-called "prophecies" he wrote.
In need of money, and with decent writing skills, Nostradamus wrote phrases
in broad, general terms which could mean practically anything. When some
event occurred that might be construed to mean one of his "prophecies" came
true, he immediately used this as advertising to sell more of his books.

Nostradamus wrote things like;

"In the field, two kings shall fight, and one shall fall".

Then, when a French king falls in battle fighting the English a few
hundred years later, the book sellers say "Ooh look! Nostradamus predicted
this! Two kings fought, and one fell! Wow!"

In reality, such a simple, broad statement would include anytime a
king dies in battle. This is the writing style used, and it is quite

In one quatrain, Nostradamus writes;

"Beasts ferocious from hunger will swim across rivers"

Now, this broad statement can be applied to almost any event where
animals are thought to have went across some river. If, perhaps, a prince in
Belgium during the 1800s lost a battle, where his dogs had run across a
small river, the Nostradamus book sellers could say "See? This was foretold
back in the 1600s! Hungry animals going across a river. Aha! One of
Nostradamus prophecies came true! Let us sell you some of our books on

This broad writing style, which doesn't amount to anything, is
commented on by the noted author Isaac Asimov, who explains how easy it is
to write in general, broad terms and then attempt to make it sound like a

Additional note: Nostradamus wrote in French, so when people
translate these so-called "prophesies" into English they tend to stretch the
grammar and use English words which didn't come from the French writings,
this being done to make a so-called "prophecy" sound better.

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