This is an artist’s rendering of Michel de Nostredame who is known in the English world as Nostradamus. Although he did more for the public good as a doctor (he helped many survive the Plague after losing his own family to the disease), he is legend for an inability to predict the future.
The distant future. Most academic sources will tell you he was a quack and much of his “visionary” ability can be credited to eager amateurs interpreting his writings and then seeking out real time events to match (or, bass ackwards as they say).
Nostradamus became famous in our lifetime when certain television networks found a dark room, a flashlight and people like Robert Stack to sell the fantasy. One would guess that anyone living in his lifetime could have made predictions that were as accurate using only opium, a straw and gout.
If he were alive today, I think Nostradamus might have made a fine living as a hockey rumormonger. He could say things like “Mats Sundin will definitely decide by August 1″ and then follow that up with “Mats Sundin was going to decide by August 1 but a late entry by another team has clouded the issue.” All the while probably not knowing Mats Sundin if he rang his doorbell and bit him in the ass.
It’s all kind of silly. Not mentioning any names, mind you.