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UNLIKELY PROPHETS

Updated on February 24, 2014
Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac
Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain
Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain

by Christine B.

There have been many notable men and women throughout history that looked into the future and told us what they envisioned there. Because they had been known for some other talent, they were not paid much credence; however, what they told us did come to pass.

Cyrano de Bergerac was remembered as a long-nosed
literary character of books, plays and movies, but many
do not realize that he was a real person. De Bergerac was
a French writer and scholar of the 17th century. He also
made several predictions that came to fruition. He pre-
dicted that we would be making voyages to the moon and
would be traveling by rocket propulsion. He envisioned
homes that could be moved from place to place, (our RVs)
and that there would someday be devices that would play back human voices. He also saw light bulbs in our future. One of the most extraordinary predictions was that the gods of myth were not only real, but were visitors from other planets.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, affectingly known as Mark Twain, had prophetic dreams. Well-known as America’s greatest author, Twain was beloved for his humor and for his political jabs. In the late 1850’s Twain had a dream about the death of his brother, Henry. He described the metal coffin Henry was lying In and how it was placed in their sister’s sitting room with a bouquet of flowers on his chest. Only a few weeks later Henry died and Clemens saw his brother’s body exactly as he had envisioned it in his dream.

A gentleman named Edward Pearson was riding a train from Iverness to Perth in Scotland. When the conductor asked to see his ticket he had to admit that he did not have one, but that he had to get to the Prime Minister to warn him about an impending earthquake that was to take place near Glasgow. He was not believed and thrown off the train. Three weeks later the earthquake that Pearson predicted struck near Glasgow with devastating damage to homes and buildings.

Somehow the newspapers heard Pearson’s story and dubbed him the “Unemployed Welsh Prophet.” There was not much the Prime Minister could have done to stop the earthquake from occurring, even if he did believe Pearson’s story, which is the problem with many predictions.

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