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It is now widely recognised that the recent ‘predictions’ from Nostradamus concerning the recent terrorist attacks were hoaxes, cobbled together from unconnected references, as we mentioned a few weeks back. For the record, GEOFF STRAY briefly dissects the misleading verse which have been widely disseminated over the Internet…

The FALSE verses, which have been widely quoted, read:


In the year of the new century and nine months
From the sky will come a great King of Terror
The sky will burn at forty-five degrees
Fire approaches the great new city
In the city of York there will be a great collapse
Two twin brothers torn apart by chaos
While the fortress falls the great leader will succumb

Third big war will begin when the big city is burning


I'm not a big Nostradamus fan, but here's what I found out:

As suspected, the prediction is pure codpiece (= codswallop & pants combined).

The first two lines are taken from Quatrain 10:72, which begins: "In the year 1999 and seven months, from the sky will come a great King of Terror..."

There is no way that the French could be translated as "In the year of the new century".

Lines 3 & 4 are from Quatrain 6:97: “The sky will burn at forty-five degrees, fire approaches the great new city. Immediately, a huge, scattered flame leaps up…”

As for lines 5 & 6, NOWHERE in Nostradamus' prophecies is the phrase "In the city of York" - though the term "new city", or "great new city" is usually interpreted to mean New York, as in 6:97 above, and Quatrain 9:92, 10:49 & 1:87. [It has also been pointed out to us that New York sits at a 40 degrees, 41 seconds latitude, anyway, not 45 – Ed.]

As for the remaining lines, the term "third big war" does not occur in the prophecies, though some commentators have connected such an event with certain quatrains.



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