You'd probably never predict it, but one of the things we love to do at the Spark is translating the works of Medieval French writers. One of our favorites is Michel de Nostredame, aka, Nostradamus. Imagine our surprise, then, to come across this particular quatrain:
When the bird has devoured the cat,
And the ass has trampled that big thing with the long nose,
Someone in a cube of metal and fabric
Will write a paean to me on my birthday.
Well, with that hanging over our heads, how could we not celebrate? Mike (as we like to call him) earned his living as a pharmacist, but became known for his prophecies that foresaw everything from Napoleon to the hula hoop with startling accuracy (or not, depending on who you talk to). Regardless, Mike, we wish you a happy 503rd birthday! We'd have gotten you a present, but you would have known what it was before even unwrapping it -- and we hate that!
- Nostradamus Index - details on the life and prophecies of Michel de Nostredame.
- How Stuff Works: Nostradamus - takes a look at the pro and con views of the French seer.
- James Randi Educational Foundation - promoting critical thinking by providing reliable information about the paranormal and supernatural.
- Morgana's Observatory: Prophecies of Nostradamus - examines many of the prophecies and hoaxes attributed to him.
- Skeptic's Dictionary: Nostradamus - offers a jaundiced view of Nostradame's prophecies.