FW: Nostrabullshit

Sebastian Budgen sebastian at amadeobordiga.u-net.com
Sun Sep 16 03:15:05 MDT 2001

From: China Miéville  <ctm at pobox.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 14:16:57 +0100
To: Sebastian Budgen <sebastian at amadeobordiga.u-net.com>
Subject: Nostrabullshit

>Amazing the way people are so
>happy to *make shit up* to start mass email chains (viz. all those fake
>virus alerts).
>>  "In the city of york there will be a great collapse, 2 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"
>This is a bastardised version of a verse that was never written by
>Nostradamus anyway. The version circling earlier after the bombings, which
>is in any case fake, is:
>     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 sucumb.
>     The third big war will begin when the big city is burning.
>Someone changed God to York and added the word 'twin' in your version, thus
>faking a fake. The verse seems to originate on an old web page by someone
>debunking Nostradamus, who starts off by saying "what if I make up a
>Nostradamus-type verse ..." and then goes on to give a million
>interpretations of it.
>>  "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..."
>This is different bits of different quatrains changed and pieced together.
>The first bit (date changed a little) is:
>     L'an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois,
>     Du ciel viendra vn grand Roy d'effrayeur:
>     Resusciter le grand Roy d'Angolmois,
>     Auant apres Mars regner par bon-heur
>     In the year 1999 and seven months
>     The Great King of Terror will come from the sky,
>     He will bring back to life the great king of the Mongols.
>     Before and after Mars reigns happily.
>             Century 10, Quatrain 72
>So apart from the date being wrong and the missing Mongol , that was more or
>less spot on. The second bit comes from this one.
>     Cinq & quarante degrez ciel bruslera
>     Feu approcher de la grand cite' neuue
>     The sky will burn at forty-five degrees,
>     Fire approaches the great new city
>         (NYC is between 40-45 degrees, so pretty impressive so far, right?)
>     Instant grand flamme esparse sautera
>     Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up
>         (Okay ...)
>     Quand on voudra des Normans faire preuue.
>     When one wants to have verification from the Normans.
>         (Ah.)
             Century 6, Quatrain 97

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