here are a number of foreboding
quatrains attributed to Nostradamus being
e-mailed that are demonstrably fake. It isn't a question of whether or not they
accurately predict anything.
Nostradamus simply didn't write them.
The first e-mail was making the rounds within hours of the attacks. It said:
"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
This couldn't be, Nostradamus died in 1566, so it's impossible that he wrote this qutrain in 1654.
The quatrain is not to be found in his published works. It's a hoax.
According to skeptical investigators, the text originated on a Web page with the title
"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 cryptic enough to be
interpreted to mean almost anything.
'Two metal birds would crash into two tall statues'
Another variant of the fake 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, while the text has all the character and pretentiousness of Nostradamus'
prophecies, you won't find it in Nostradamus' Centuries (available
here on CD-ROM). It's a hoax.
The third variation of these quatrains, currently circulating by email,
is one that seems to most accurately predict the terrorist acts:
Subject: Re: Nostradamus
Century 6, Quatrain 97
Two steel birds will fall from the sky on the
Metropolis. The sky will burn at forty-five degrees
latitude. Fire approaches the great new city
[New York City lies between 40-45 degrees]
Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up.
Within months, rivers will flow with blood.
The undead will roam earth for little time.
This, it turns out, is an imaginative revision of an actual verse by Nostradamus.
On our CD-ROM version, it's translated to read:
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.
But Nostradamus' Centuries never mentioned "two steel birds," nor did he write
that "the undead will roam the earth."
New York City is 40 degrees, 42 minutes, 51 seconds north latitude.
While it isn't wrong to write it lies "between 40-45 degrees," the claim is not precise,
misleading and an obvious attempt to make the quatrain seem accurate.
'Third big war will begin'
Another variation circulating by email:
Nostradamus' prediction on World War III:
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
NOSTRADAMUS said this will be bigger than the previous two.
2001 is the first year of the new century and September is the 9th month.
New York is located at the 41st degree Latitude.
In this case, a very few of these words are actually written by Nostradamus.
Lines are taken from several different quatrains
that have been supplemented with made-up lines by an
anomomous source to make them seem to refer to the World Trade Center