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Number 9 Nostradamus
Born Michel de Nostradame and commonly Latinized as Nostradamus, this 16th century physician and reputed oracle is best known for ‘The Prophecies’, a collection of 942 poetic quatrains. These four-line poems have been often credited with predicting historic events. Since his work was first published in 1555, Nostradamus’ alleged predictions have amassed many followers and often benefited from the support of popular media. However, his work is rejected as genuine foretelling in most academic circles, which also doesn’t support the notion that Nostradamus had any supernatural abilities. Aside from mistranslations, which were sometimes done on purpose, the quatrains are described as vague enough to apply to virtually any scenario. There’s an argument that Nostradamus didn’t make predictions- statements about events that are known before they happen, but post-dictions- statements that ring true only after the events have occurred. Interpretation is usually where the line’s drawn.
Number 8 Scrubs
Maybe it was merely a coincidence or maybe one of the writers of the TV series ‘Scrubs’ had a prophetic moment. In a 2006 episode, the janitor, a character played by Neil Flynn, makes a rather eerie comment to the show’s main protagonist.
Number 7 Tana Hoy
Hoy made his prediction in 1995, during a live radio program in Fayetteville, NC. About an hour and a half later, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols unleashed everything.
Number 6 Simpsons
It’s well known that, during the show’s 30-year-long airtime, writers for ‘The Simpsons’ have made several predictions. Among the most significant was the presidency and, according to writer Dan Greaney, the joke was meant to reflect a ‘vision of America going insane’. In an episode entitled ‘The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace’ Homer decides to become an inventor. He’s pictured standing in front of a blackboard with an equation on it. It’s been reported that, once the equation is worked out, the result is the mass of a Higgs boson only slightly larger than it’s actually been discovered to be. That’s still quite remarkable when considering that Homer made the prediction 14 years before the Hadron Collider discovery.
Number 5 Ferdinand Foch
One June 28, 1919, as the treaty was being signed, Foch declared ‘This is not a peace. It took place on September 1, 1939, precisely twenty years and 65 days after Foch uttered those infamous words.
Number 4 Jules Verne
Jules Verne has been credited with making a number of predictions, particularly regarding scientific achievements. In 1865 Verne published a novel called ‘From the Earth to the Moon’. He described a manned vehicle launched by the US in a projectile, aiming to land on the Moon, over a hundred years before Apollo 11. The shape and size of the projectile closely resembled that of the Apollo spacecraft. Just as the Apollo 11 mission, the launch takes place from Florida and the crew consists of three men who splash down in the Pacific Ocean on the return to Earth. Without knowing how a trip to outer space would affect gravity, the author also predicted weightlessness.
Number 3 William Lendrum Mitchell
General William Lendrum Mitchell produced a rather visionary intelligence report in 1925. While he was a bit off on the dates, the rest unfolded with remarkable accuracy 16 years after Mitchell’s report.
Number 2 Morgan Robertson
Morgan Robertson novella ‘The Wreck of the Titan’ isn’t a case of art mirroring life but rather a case of art predicting it, with incredible accuracy. Written in 1898, before the RMS Titanic was even conceptualized. The novella describes a fictional ocean liner named Titan, the largest of its kind, which is described as unsinkable. So far the similarities between the novella and the real-life events surrounding the RMS Titanic are uncanny, but it doesn’t end here. Both the Titan and the Titanic had similar proportions and struck the iceberg on an April night while travelling at similar speeds, 25 and 22 knots.