Claim: Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution have uncovered new interpretations of Nostradamus that relate to Barack Obama.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2008]
An email is being spread around claiming a Professor from the famous Smithsonian Institution has released information on
Scholars for the Smithsonian Institute have uncovered new interpretations that may relate to Barack Obama, the Illinois senator vying to become the next
Professor Eugene Randell, Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives has released information pertaining to the up and coming
The Institute which holds some very rare Nostradamus manuscripts, believes that some of the quatrains written by the
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Origins: The game of inventing Nostradamus prophecies that supposedly describe or predict current political events from a vantage point
the past is a familiar one. Most such inventions flare briefly and die out once they’re revealed as hoaxes, but the item referenced above has enjoyed continued circulation several months after its inception, likely because its prediction of “The great empire [that] will be torn from limb” due to “power given to the dark one from slaves come” is of renewed interest given the outcome of the recent 2008
Nonetheless, this Nostradamian “prediction” is nothing more than another bit of satire from The Daily Squib, which describes itself as “a satirical publication not be taken too fu**ing seriously.” The article, entitled “Nostradamus Obama Prophecies Revealed,” was published back on
Last updated: 6 November 2008
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