Nostradamus Quote Appears to be A Hoax

I’ve received a number of e-mails and seen several web sites carrying the following text, which is obviously supposed to refer to George W. Bush (this is from Adam Curry’s web site,

The quote below is one of Nostradamus’ quatrains.
In 1555, Nostradamus wrote:
“Come the millennium, month 12,
In the home of greatest power,
The village idiot will come forth
To be acclaimed the leader.”

I was suspicious because Nostradamus’ “prophecies” usually have to be tweaked much more than that to fit a given circumstance, and so visited several sites that reprint accept translations of Nostradamus’ prophecies.

I could not find the above quatrain in any of the different sites that reproduce all of Nostradamus’ brief prophetic writings, and so concluded that the passage is likely a hoax.

And if you’re really curious, Nostradamus made quite a few predictions which true believers think describe the year 2000 and none of them came remotely close to being fulfilled, except for this one,

The old roads will all be improved,
One will procedd on them to the modern Memphis:
The great Mercury of Hercules fleur-de-lys,
Causing to tremble lands, sea and country.

The great Mercury? The modern Memphis? Causing lands and sea to tremble?

The only possible interpretation here is that Nostradamus predicted the incredible rise of Eddie George and the Tennessee Titans, and that he foresaw them winning the Superbowl this year. Stay tuned to find out if he was right.

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