Prediction of world tragedies and epidemics has been as old as the unwritten word, from Moses to Nostradamus to Baba Vanga and even the Simpsons. Foretelling of Corona was done years before,many centuries before, if prophecies are to be believed.
Bill Gates, flu and disease experts,and government officials have been warning of a pandemic for years.
Whilst some of these predictions are conspiracy theories,others are more serious and adamant that the world isn’t properly prepared for a pandemic.
Some predictions that are hard to believe:
A Sinking Prediction :
In 1898, writer Morgan Robertson published the novella The Wreck of The Titan, which tells the story of the sinking of a cruise ship. His description strangely resembled the events that took place during the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, 14 years after the publication.
A colossal loss as the leviathan took a surge in the deep sea.
A Nuclear Prediction :
In 1913, author H.G. Wells wrote The World Set Free, a novel forewarning the use of the atomic bomb. Wells was the first to envision the chain reaction that could be produced by nuclear fission. The attacks in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, 32 years later, confirmed his idea. Eating some mushrooms,predicting some “mushrooms”, eh Wells?
A Simpson’s Prediction :
Homer’s attempt at farming led him to produce “tomacco,” a tomato/tobacco hybrid, utilizing some nuclear materials from his day job at the plant. In 2013, satire mutated into reality, as fruits and vegetables near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant turned into hybridized horrors.
Mutant animals,mutant plants,what next?
Shocking Prediction : The European Prognosticator Nostradamus
“‘The sloping park, great calamity,
“‘Through the Lands of the West and Lombardy
“‘The fire in the ship, plague and captivity;
“‘Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn fading.'”
The passage in question is Century 2, Quatrain 56.
It looks like Nostradamus indeed did predict the corona virus however it was mis-interpreted as a prediction for earthquake. I have attempted to interpret it and it looks quite accurate. pic.twitter.com/CFR0Uto8C2— Twinkle Mathew (@_twinklemathew) March 13, 2020
According to Twitter user Twinkle Matthew, Nostradamus wrote of the coronavirus in a quatrain previously mistaken as an earthquake warning.The quatrain mentions plague and fire but is otherwise vague about its true meaning.
Mr Matthew tweeted: “It looks like Nostradamus indeed did predict the corona virus however it was mis-interpreted as a prediction for earthquake.I have attempted to interpret it and it looks quite accurate.” Here’s his interpretation,
Sloping Park – HANKO JIANGTAN Park in Wuhan has slopes to the river waterfront where people can walk into the water.
Lands of the west and Lombardy – Europe, Australasia and America and Lombardy (Italy).
Fire in the ship – Ships symbolise trade, commerce and wealth, red considered colour of fire.
Plague – Coronavirus
Captivity – City lockdown(National Isolation)
Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn Fading – Beginning of January 23rd, 24th Jan 2020. Here’s a shocking thing that came true,”Wuhan was placed under effective quarantine on January 23 as air and rail departures were suspended.”
The Webster’s Prediction: –
In a 2006 “Flu Hunter: Unlocking the secrets of a virus”, Webster questioned whether another deadly, disruptive pandemic is possible. “The answer is yes: it is not only possible, it is just a matter of time,” he wrote. Millions of people could die before such a pandemic is controlled or modified, he added. “Nature will eventually again challenge mankind with an equivalent of the 1918 influenza virus,” he wrote.
“We need to be prepared.”
The Koontz’s Prediction: –
According to the Guardian, Koontz’s “The Eye of Darkness” referred to a virus called “Wuhan-400” the city in China where the novel coronavirus originated.
A Motion Picture Prediction :
Released in 2011, the movie Contagion is about a fictional illness called MEV-1, which becomes a global pandemic after a bat spread it to a pig who spread it to a person who didn’t wash his hands before shaking hands with another person.
But is there any credibility to these outrageous claims?
There have been a number of occurrences where a particular incident was predicted or had been talked about or written in the past. For instance, the Sinking of the Titanic.Fourteen years before the ill-fated Titanic hit an iceberg while en route to New York, killing 1,517 people in the icy Atlantic, author Morgan Robertson penned a tragedy-at-sea tale called “Futility, Or The Wreck of the Titan,” in which another supposedly “unsinkable” boat sank after hitting an iceberg.
Another such instance is where the internet was predicted in the late 19th century. Mark Twain imagined such a future in his 1898 short story “From the ‘London Times’ of 1904,” where he introduced readers to something called a “telectroscope” that used the phone system to create a worldwide network for sharing information.
In the times of chaos and panic, there has been a rise in speculations and conspiracy theories as the virus spreads affects millions all around the globe and it’s up to the people and the government which story to believe in.
By: Sparsh Biswas and Yashdeep Bajpai