The controversial 18th century figure, Impostradamus, is perhaps best known for his extensive research in the fields of astrology, palm reading, magic potions and management accountancy. However, less well known is the fact that, in his later life, Impostradamus wrote a series of unpublished prophecies which he grouped into mysteriously-worded octains.
These octains have become the subject of great debate over the past few decades as historians try to decipher whether they relate to real historical events or are indeed too vague to connect concretely to our world and what these findings imply for the future of humanity.
Two months ago, a series of previously unseen octains was discovered in a closet of a house, known to be a holiday home of Impostradamus, in south-west Liechtenstein. This finding was officially verified, by researchers at the University of Alodabalony, to be authentic writings of the great accountant himself.
Head researcher and world-leading Impostradamus scholar, Prof John Hokes, has had the unique privilege of exclusive access to these documents which he has been poring over for the past few weeks. Just last night, he made a startling discovery pertaining to one of the lost octains which he feels is too much of a coincidence not to be the "real deal" and this morning he was compelled to immediately share his discovery with the world via his online blog.
What he has discovered is that each line of this particular octain relates to a 'significant' historical event. More mysteriously, all eight events occurred in the same calendar year - a fact too surprising to ignore.
The mysterious octain is as follows:
Mechanical calculations are sickened by the brain.
A boom in four's power brings the tsardom lasting pain.
Icarus's opponent is failed by an 'O'.
A confused maple fool falls after a show.
An unlawful caress of the globe is divine.
Switzerland flames bring blood to the Rhine.
A topsy-turvy lake strangles the land.
The whole new world, by hand, is spanned.
Prof Hokes is now convinced that the evidence is too strong for the academic world to ignore and that Impostradamus must be recognised as a true prophet.
To what year is the octain referring?
What are the eight events being described?