Thursday, 20 September 2001 : "Snopes"Handy site for checking on the truth of various rumors you may hear about the attack: http://www.snopes2.com/info/rumors.htm. They should provide a key on the page, since it's not blindingly obvious what the different bullets mean if you don't visit there much: a red circle next to something means it's false. Now go see if you're caught up on the hoaxes surrounding this.
I am particularly thankful for all the different sites addressing the whole "Nostradamus predicted this" garbage. No, he didn't. Oddly, nobody's actually forwarded me one of the offending mails claiming he did, but the idea clearly tickled someone's funny bone and it clearly has spread, even if not to me.
That particular quatrain was offered by the page's author, Neil Marshall, as a fabricated example to illustrate how easily an important-sounding prophecy can be crafted through the use of abstract imagery. He pointed out how the terms he used were so deliberately vague they could be interpreted to fit any number of cataclysmic events.I have noticed, ever since 9/11, the search terms "nostradamus world trade" frequently leading people from Google to an old page on my site, where the words appeared in separate entries. Nothing relevant to see there, sorry; my googularity with respect to that search phrase was undeserved.
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