Most people have heard of Nostradamus. He’s probably the most famous example of psychic predictions that came true. He tended to speak in riddles; for example, the following is said to have been the Nostradamus prediction of the nuclear bomb:
Near the gates and within two cities
There will be scourges the like of which was never seen,
Famine within plague, people put out by steel,
Crying to the great immortal God for relief.
But since the 1500s when Nostradamus lived, there have been many more seers. These individuals claim to have an exclusive look into the future, and often make predictions about world events or even the futures of individuals. Let’s look at a few of the psychic predictions that came true in history and in more recent years.
Have you ever read a Jules Verne novel? If not, they come highly recommended by all of us at the Enfield haunting site. He lived from 1828 until his death in 1905, and his works were very well advanced for his time. Many contained quite a few predictions for the future.
In 1865, Jules Verne wrote the novel “From the Earth to the Moon.” In this novel, he described a cannon being shot from Florida. The cannon carried two men, and landed on the moon.
Of course, you know that man did touch down on the moon just over 100 years later. Apollo 11 was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to set foot on the moon.
It’s said that people often die around their birthdays, and there would seem to be a bit of evidence to back this up. Actress Ingrid Bergman died on her birthday, as did William Shakespeare. Of course, there could be many reasons for this.
Popular culture calls this the “birthday effect,” and science has tried to explain it. Binge drinking on one’s birthday is one possible explanation. But that doesn’t explain Mark Twain’s prediction. His was another of our psychic predictions that came true. Here are his words:
I came in with Halley’s comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t. The Almighty said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’
Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910. The comet had returned the previous day.
Like Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln is said to have predicted his own death. After the President was assassinated, a close friend penned a biography of Lincoln. Ward Hill Lamon wrote a book called Recollections of Abraham Lincoln: 1847 – 1865.
In that book, Lamon describes a dream Lincoln had recounted.
There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible
The President went on to say:
‘Who is dead in the White House?’ I demanded of one of the soldiers. ‘The President,’ was his answer; ‘He was killed by an assassin.’
Of course, you know that Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. His dream had been only a few nights before his death.
Arthur C Clarke
Think Steve Jobs was a genius? What if we told you that Arthur C Clark saw the iPad coming?
Arthur C Clarke wrote the book 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968. Of course, reading the book today is akin to watching the Jetsons. We’re no more flying around in space pods and shopping at mall in Orbit City than we are communicating with aliens. Probably.
But Clarke did predict a device, the Newspad. The Newspad could be plugged into the ship’s information circuit, which would allow the user to view news reports from Earth. Digital newspapers could be read on Newspad, and the most interesting quote is as follows:
…one could spend an entire lifetime doing nothing but absorbing the ever-changing flow of information from the news satellites.
Isn’t that the truth?
John Elfreth Watkins, Jr.
John Elfreth Watkins, Jr was no one famous. He wasn’t a scientist or a psychic. Instead, he was a civil engineer, and worked on the railroads until he was disabled in an accident.
In the year 1900, this man wrote an article for Ladies’ Home Journal, “What May Happen in the Next 100 Years.” This article had a huge number of predictions, and while some haven’t been realized (yet), others are strangely accurate. Here are a few:
1. Frozen meals
Refrigerators for home use weren’t available until 1913, and home freezers weren’t introduced to the public until 1940. So to predict ready-made foods which could be purchased at “bakery-like” stores was quite a stretch.
2. Wireless phones
Specifically, Watkins predicted that “Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago.” This was very forward-thinking, as Bell had only received the patent for his telephone in 1876.
3. Photo sharing
Okay, maybe Watkins wasn’t thinking about Instagram, but he certainly did predict the future of photography. What he said, in fact, was that “If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence, snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later … photographs will reproduce all of nature’s colors.”
4. The population of America
At the time, the American population was booming. The average number of children per household in 1900 was 3.7. That said, estimates to the country’s population at that time were very high. Watkins, however, was closer than most. He predicted a population of between 350 million to 500 million. In the year 2000, there were about 281 million Americans.
Some predictions that came true may be chalked up to coincidence. Others are most likely just very clever individuals thinking ahead of their time. But others can’t be explained, and are so specific it’s eerie.