History UsefulNotes / Nostradamus

15th Mar '17 4:21:03 AM MCanter89
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Michel de Nostredame (December 14 or 21, 1503 - July 2, 1566) a.k.a Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his day[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]], even before accounting for the vagaries of translating them from French into other languages. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.

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Michel de Nostredame (December 14 or 21, 1503 - July 2, 1566) 1566), a.k.a Nostradamus Nostradamus, was a 16th century 16th-century French physician who was well respected in his day[[note]]It's day,[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it it, he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], [[/note]] but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]], even before accounting for the vagaries of translating them from French into other languages. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.






* FailedFutureForecast: ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'', a 1981 SpeculativeDocumentary about UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, has become an amusing example of this trope. [[BlatantLies Apparently, we're in the late stages of World War III right now, New York City is a radioactive crater, Ted Kennedy was the Democratic presidential candidate a while back, and]] [[MissedHimByThatMuch Loma Prieta's Quake of '89 happened in '88.]] {{This Is the Part Where}} we explain that Nostradamus typically made his predictions so vague as to be interpretable six ways from Sunday in a successful bid to stay off the [[ChurchPolice Inquisition's]] radar.

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* FailedFutureForecast: ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'', a 1981 SpeculativeDocumentary about UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, has become an amusing example of this trope. [[BlatantLies Apparently, we're in the late stages of World War III right now, New York City is a radioactive crater, Ted Kennedy was the Democratic presidential candidate a while back, and]] [[MissedHimByThatMuch Loma Prieta's Quake of '89 happened in '88.]] {{This Is is the Part Where}} part where}} we explain that Nostradamus typically made his predictions so vague as to be interpretable six ways from Sunday in a successful bid to stay off the [[ChurchPolice Inquisition's]] radar.



''"In the future somebody will write a TV Tropes page about me."'' - Nostradamus.

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''"In the future somebody will write a TV Tropes page about me."'' - Nostradamus.--Nostradamus.
13th Jan '17 2:59:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/DonRosa made a story where Scrooge [=McDuck=] visits Nostradamus's tomb to steal the amulet that gave him his powers of foresight so he can use it to predict the stock market. However, the artifact was cursed and drew disasters to whoever possessed it, so Scrooge would be constantly dodging crashing planes and bee swarms because he could still foresee them.

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* Creator/DonRosa made a story where Scrooge [=McDuck=] visits Nostradamus's tomb (reimagined as a PigMan in the Disney comic world of anthropomorphic animals) to steal the amulet that gave him his powers of foresight so he can use it to predict the stock market. However, the artifact was cursed and drew disasters to whoever possessed it, so Scrooge would be constantly dodging crashing planes and bee swarms because he could still foresee them.
7th Jan '17 12:25:38 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* OneNameOnly: His actual name was Michel de Nostredame, but he is better known under the latinized version of his name: ''Nostradamus''.

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* OneNameOnly: His actual name was Michel de Nostredame, but he is better known under the latinized version of his name: ''Nostradamus''. Latin was the offical language of the Christian Church at this time, as well as being used by 'educated' people, and is the same reason why Mikolaj Kopernik is mostly known as Copernicus.
7th Jan '17 12:21:04 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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Michel de Nostredame (December 14 or 21, - 1503 July 2, 1566) a.k.a Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his day[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]], even before accounting for the vagaries of translating them from French into other languages. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.

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Michel de Nostredame (December 14 or 21, - 1503 - July 2, 1566) a.k.a Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his day[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]], even before accounting for the vagaries of translating them from French into other languages. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.
7th Jan '17 12:20:50 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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Michel de Nostredame (December 14 or 21, 1503 July 2, 1566) a.k.a Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his day[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]], even before accounting for the vagaries of translating them from French into other languages. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.

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Michel de Nostredame (December 14 or 21, - 1503 July 2, 1566) a.k.a Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his day[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]], even before accounting for the vagaries of translating them from French into other languages. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.
7th Jan '17 12:20:37 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his days[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]]. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.

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Michel de Nostredame (December 14 or 21, 1503 July 2, 1566) a.k.a Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his days[[note]]It's day[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]].interpretations]], even before accounting for the vagaries of translating them from French into other languages. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.
14th Dec '16 3:18:14 PM Xtifr
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'''Nostradamus''' was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his days[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]]. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.

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'''Nostradamus''' Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his days[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]]. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.
6th Nov '16 5:03:45 AM Sharlee
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* FailedFutureForecast: ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'', a 1981 SpeculativeDocumentary about UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, has become an amusing example of this trope. [[BlatantLies Apparently, we're in the late stages of World War III right now, New York City is a radioactive crater, Ted Kennedy was the Democratic presidential candidate a while back, and Loma Prieta's Quake of '89 happened in '88.]] {{This Is the Part Where}} we explain that Nostradamus typically made his predictions so vague as to be interpretable six ways from Sunday in a successful bid to stay off the [[ChurchPolice Inquisition's]] radar.

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* FailedFutureForecast: ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'', a 1981 SpeculativeDocumentary about UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, has become an amusing example of this trope. [[BlatantLies Apparently, we're in the late stages of World War III right now, New York City is a radioactive crater, Ted Kennedy was the Democratic presidential candidate a while back, and and]] [[MissedHimByThatMuch Loma Prieta's Quake of '89 happened in '88.]] {{This Is the Part Where}} we explain that Nostradamus typically made his predictions so vague as to be interpretable six ways from Sunday in a successful bid to stay off the [[ChurchPolice Inquisition's]] radar.
22nd Sep '16 2:30:49 AM 06tele
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* The Irish rock band Music/ThinLizzy's song "Angel of Death" mentions him.
2nd Jun '16 7:04:01 PM Fireblood
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'''Nostradamus''' was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his days[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point at the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]]. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.

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'''Nostradamus''' was a 16th century French physician who was well respected in his days[[note]]It's speculated that his success as a physician was largely attributable to an obsession with cleanliness; without realizing it he was killing germs in the process.[[/note]], but [[PopCulturalOsmosis has become more famous in the centuries after]] as a soothsayer. All due to a little book called ''The Prophecies'' (1555), in which he made predictions for future historical events. Believers and so-called experts believe that this man could really see into the future and predicted many factual historical events. Skeptics point at to the fact that Nostradamus wrote all his work in very cryptical quatrains that are open [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to all kinds of interpretations]]. Thus one can easily shoehorn in any historical event one wants.



* He has been subject of several books and documentaries, including the most famous one: ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'' (1981), narrated and presented by Creator/OrsonWelles, who would later distance himself from the project.

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* He has been subject of several books and documentaries, including the most famous one: ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'' (1981), narrated and presented by Creator/OrsonWelles, who would later distance himself from the project.project (its predictions of events for the 1990s were quickly disproven).



* CreatorProvincialism: Not as much Nostradamus himself, but definitely a lot of his believers who have a tendency to make most of his prophecies predict events in their own country, even if they had no international impact. For instance, the 1981 documentary ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'' claimed Nostradamus ''predicted'' the 1969 incident where Ted Kennedy had a fatal car accident where his secretary drowned in a river. Despite being a huge media story at the time it's hardly of any major historical importance.

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* CreatorProvincialism: Not as so much Nostradamus himself, but definitely a lot of his believers who have a tendency to make most of his prophecies predict events in their own country, even if they had no international impact. For instance, the 1981 documentary ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'' claimed Nostradamus ''predicted'' the 1969 incident where Ted Kennedy had a fatal car accident where his secretary drowned in a river. Despite being a huge media story at the time time, it's hardly of any major historical importance.importance (except perhaps preventing a second Kennedy presidency).



* FailedFutureForecast: ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'', a 1981 SpeculativeDocumentary about UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, has become an amusing example of this trope. [[BlatantLies Apparently, we're in the late stages of World War III right now, New York City is a radioactive crater, Ted Kennedy was the Democratic presidential candidate a while back, and Loma Prieta's Quake of '89 happened in '88.]] {{This Is the Part Where}} we explain that Nostradamus typically made his predictions so vague as to be interpretable six ways from Sunday in a successful bid to stay off the ChurchPolice's radar.

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* FailedFutureForecast: ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow'', a 1981 SpeculativeDocumentary about UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, has become an amusing example of this trope. [[BlatantLies Apparently, we're in the late stages of World War III right now, New York City is a radioactive crater, Ted Kennedy was the Democratic presidential candidate a while back, and Loma Prieta's Quake of '89 happened in '88.]] {{This Is the Part Where}} we explain that Nostradamus typically made his predictions so vague as to be interpretable six ways from Sunday in a successful bid to stay off the ChurchPolice's [[ChurchPolice Inquisition's]] radar.
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