Superstition and Other Silliness: January 2005 Archives

January 27, 2005

Messy farmer blames witchcraft for death

Vanuatu: A plantation owner who found his dead cow's stomach was full of leaves, bits of cloth and plastic is convinced that the cause of death is not the cow eating rubbish, but witchcraft!

It was my first time to see such things as people tell me of how black magic is used to kill people in similar way, that is removing intestine and replacing them with dirt, Sara plantation owner Abel Stallon told the Daily Post.

I think a witchcraft practitioner must have tried out his magic on my cow to see if it worked, Mr Stallon said.

The Department of Livestock disagrees, noting that there have been a number of cases of plastic, from plastic bags, cloth and similar objects killing cattle.

Black magic causes death of a cow? - Vanuatu Daily Post, 27th January 2005.

January 14, 2005

Another prediction to remember

United States: A writer who boasts of his appearances on Pat Robertson's 700 Club, Thomas Horn, has penned a short piece suggesting the George W. Bush will start Armageddon in 2006, and that it is all predicted in a book of Middle Eastern myths and legends.

According to Michael Drosnin's best selling book, The Bible Code, the Bible contains a hidden text that was first discovered by an Israeli mathematician, Dr. Eliyahu Rips, who presented his findings in a major science journal. The code foretold the Kennedy assassinations, World War II, the Holocaust, the Hiroshima bomb, the Moon landing, and one more thing: That in 2006, BUSH would start an END DAYS war that would involve THE NATIONS UNDER ALL OF HEAVEN.

Does the Bible Predict President Bush Will Start WWIII in 2006?Raiders News Update (which is nothing to do with the NFL), not dated, 2004.

January 2, 2005

King fails geography

Cambodia: A former king of Cambodia claims his country was saved from the tsunami thanks to his astrologer:

Former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk says an astrologer warned him that an ultra-catastrophic cataclysm would strike, but that his country would be spared if proper rituals were conducted.

My wife and I decided to spend several thousand dollars to organize these ceremonies so our country and our people could be spared such a catastrophe, Sihanouk, who abdicated last year, wrote on his Web site at

A quick look at a map suggests that Camboidia was very unlikley to have been affected seeing as it is sheltered by Thailand (as demonstrated by the animation on this page.)

Cambodia saved from tsunami by astrologer, says Sihanouk - ABS CBN News, 2nd January 2005.

January 1, 2005

Annual End-of-the-world post 2005

Everywhere: 2005 looks as if it was going to be a quiet year, with To Infinity And Beyond! only listing two occasions on which the world will end this year:

Not content with ordinary asteroid obliteration, the Weekly World News folk have scared up one Mark Crealer, purported astronomer, who insists that our planet's Lunar pal has been getting far, far too friendly of late and that this sudden cuddliness is sure to come to no good end. Specifically, he referred to a degradation of its orbit and a most embarrassing and inconvenient collision to take place in a very short span of time...

An amused astronomer managed to mirror the Weekly World News web version of the article. The other end of the world is a more traditional Biblical climax:

2005 CE - Evangelist George Curle has this year marked on his calendar as the definite, absolute, gotta-be date for the Second Go-'round. One hopes he only marked it in pencil.

Curle died on 12th July 2002, and so presumably will not be making any more forecasts.

But, the tsunami has opened the floodgates of predictions from all quarters. In India, a group of astrologers has warned that the disaster is the start of the end as seen by Nostradamus:

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