Thursday, October 20, 2005

Navi Sheker ... And Murderer

From a Reuters article:
Hundreds of people flocked to a village in central India on Thursday to see if an astrologer who forecast his own death would indeed die as predicted.

But the 75-year-old man survived the day.


A police official confirmed the astrologer was fine and quoted his family members as saying the prediction failed because many of those gathered had prayed for him to live.

That's the navi sheker part. The other half:

"We are afraid of his prediction coming true because all his predictions till date have been correct," his son Anirudh said by phone earlier on Thursday.

"My father had predicted the death of my grandfather 15 years ago and it came true exactly like he calculated."

Reminds me of the old joke:

We were listening to a lecture on psychic phenomena in our Comparative Religions course. Our instructor told us about a woman who contacted police working on a missing-persons case. "She gave eerily detailed instructions on where to find the body," the teacher said.

"In fact, the detectives did find the body just as she had described. Now what would you call that kind of person?"

While the rest of us pondered the question, a sheriff's officer taking the course raised his hand and replied, "A suspect."

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