Nostradamus is probably known as the most famous seers of all time, in particular, his prediction when the world would end. The famous French seer claimed that all his predictions were based on judicial astrology, but during his time other notable astrologists were highly sceptical of his predictions. There have been many seers is history both before and after Nostradamus, some got their predictions correct and some did not. Here is a list of the most famous of them.
Back in 1909, the American electrical engineer Nikola Tesla told the New York Times, “It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus”. Basically, what Tesla was describing was the mobile phone, and WiFi.
In 1865, the author Jules Verne who was famous for his futuristic novels predicted there would be a man on the moon. In his novel “From Earth to the Moon” he predicted that two men would travel to the moon in a projectile fired from a cannon. In an amazing coincidence he even set the departure of the craft in Florida, which of course is now the home of the Kennedy Space Centre.
Remembering more for his completely incorrect predictions, Nostradamus actually got one spot on. Perhaps because he made so many predictions it was a case of law of averages, but let’s give him credit for the following. Nostradamus wrote, “The blood of the just will be lacking in London, burnt up in the fire of 1666”, what he predicted of course was the Great Fire of London.
The acknowledged author and playwright managed to rather gruesomely predict his own death. His biographer related Twain’s own commentary when he said, “I came in with Halley’s comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it”. Amazingly Mark Twain passed away on the 21st of April in 1910, it was the day after the comet returned to the earth’s skies.
Edward Bellamy might easily have been the father of the banking institution. Bellamy was a science fiction writer and in his utopian novel “Looking Backward, 2000–1887” he wrote the lines that described the future, “A credit corresponding to his share of the annual product of the nation is given to every citizen…and a credit card issued him with which he procures at the public storehouses, whatever he desires”.
Of course, this prediction accurately describes the modern-day Debit Card, and it is with such clarity of detail it is hard to imagine how Bellamy imagined it. If he was ever to be born into another life, then surely Edward Bellamy would have been an economist.
To conclude this piece, lastly, we look at a prediction by another novelist, John Brunner. In 1968, he wrote the novel “Stand On Zanzibar” and in it he makes a statement, “America in 2010 is run by a President Obomi”!