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CaesarII

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Whilst I am sure the opinions of some of the more prominent members of the forum can easily be guessed, I am curious what you all think of Michel de Nostredame and his prophesies. Was Nostradamus a prophet or a charlatan?


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Neither. He was an astrologer.
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This may sound stupid to you, but what is a charlatan exactly?

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Someone who pretends to be something they are not.  A good example would be "Miss Cleo" or whatever her name was a few years ago.  Of course, she may have only been known in the US.

Here's her Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Cleo



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This may sound stupid to you, but what is a charlatan exactly?

charlatan

/shaarlt’n/

  • noun a person falsely claiming to have a certain expertise.

  — DERIVATIVES charlatanism noun charlatanry noun.   — ORIGIN Italian ciarlatano, from ciarlare ‘to babble’.

- Oxford English Dictionary

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I'd classify him as a false prophet.

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Nostradamus was just an idiot.

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?
I thought he turned a nice profit and attained a bit of fame - that is not the path of the idiot...



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I submit Paris Hilton as a counterpoint.


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Annoying, but no idiot.

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I beg to differ. Have you listened to her speak? Perhaps she suffers from a mental disability.

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Part of the act, -  it helps reduce her jail time.

No body can actually be that stupid and remember to wipe front to back......





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I am going to say charlatan.
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Part of the act, -  it helps reduce her jail time.

No body can actually be that stupid and remember to wipe front to back......




Thanks for the nice humor! Really.

And thanks to Caesar and Mozart Boy for the definition of charlatan.

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He was both.
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