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They Were Wrong Again!

 

When I was a child my father often said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” I didn’t think that was so true back then. But I am beginning to believe him now.

The thing that kind of solidified it for me was last year’s Mayan Prediction that the world was going to end on December 21, 2012. I did not believe it. I watched all the hoopla with bemused interest.

This was not the first such prediction of “end time” during my lifetime. There have been half a dozen or more.

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During one of the recent snow storms here in Columbus I had some time on my hands. I started wondering how many “end time” predictions there had been in the last 100-200 years. Were doomsday predictions recent phenomena? Or did they occur only during times of high stress?

Enter that most wonderful of inventions……..The Internets. Or in other words, an encyclopedia at my fingers tips.

So I sat down in front of my computer screen prepared for a few hours of entertainment looking hither and yon for “end time” predictions.

The Internets are wonderful. Sometimes too wonderful! I found the information in less than sixty seconds.

Wikipedia has them all catalogued and in chronically order with links and everything. They only include those with confirmed and reliable sources.

So then I spent several hours happily reading about all the “end times” predictions.

I was shocked. Shocked I tell you!!!!!!

Do you know when the first confirmed and reliably sourced “end time” prediction was made?

If you are not already, you better sit down for this one.

The first confirmed and reliably sourced end time prediction was for 634 BCE; or BC for us oldies but goodies like me.

According to Wikipedia the Claimant was, “Various Romans.”

Description of the Prediction: “Many Romans feared that the city would be destroyed in the 120th year of its1 end times 2 founding. There was a myth that 12 eagles had revealed to Romulus a mystical number representing the lifetime of Rome, and some early Romans hypothesized that each eagle represented 10 years.”

They were wrong!

Two hundred and forty five years later “Various Romans” were at it again, saying essentially they got the math wrong the first time. Their second prediction was no more accurate than their first.

They were wrong again!

Between then and now there have been about 189 confirmed and reliably sourced such predictions. As of right now there are eleven end time predictions for the future.

Some of the more famous people who have predicted end times are: Martin of Tours, Pope Innocent III, Martin Luther, Christopher Columbus, Cotton Mather, Isaac Newton, John Wesley, Nostradamus, Charles Berlitz, and Jeanne Dixon.

One prediction was based on the dimensions of Noah’s Ark. The alignment of the planets is a perennial reason folks predict the end of the world. Between 1346 and 1351 there were predictions that the Black Plague was the beginning of the end.

In 1524 a  “…… group of astrologers in London predicted the world would end by a flood starting in London based on calculations made the previous June. 20,000 Londoners left their homes and headed for higher ground in anticipation.”

Proving that hope burns eternal, in 1624………, “The same astrologers who predicted the deluge of February 1, 1524 recalculated the date to February 1, 1624 after their first prophecy failed.”

1 end times 3One of the more interesting predictions turned out to be a hoax.  “In Leeds,  England in 1806 a hen began laying eggs on which the phrase “Christ is coming” was written. Eventually it was discovered to be a hoax. The owner, Mary Bateman, had written on the eggs in a corrosive ink so as to etch the eggs, and reinserted the eggs back into the hen’s oviduct.”

One of the other interesting predictions you might want to check out is the Ghost Dance.

Sometimes predictions have turned tragically deadly, including those promoted by Jim Jones and Charles Manson.

Future Predictions

The future holds more predictions. As of today there are three end time predictions for the 21st century:

Jeanne Dixon, deceased, predicted that Armageddon would take place in 2020. Of course she also predicted the world would end on February 4, 1962.

F. Kenton Beshore disagrees with Jeanne saying the end will not come until 2021; and Ray Kurzweil predicts 2045.

Personally I am putting my money on ‘Various Scientists who predict the end will come anywhere from five billion to five trillion years from now when essentially the sun burns out one way or the other.

Until then I am filling my time with good eats………..

Featured Recipe    Tuna Fish Orzo Salad

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This recipe comes together lickety-split so it is perfect for busy week nights. That it is delicious is just an extra added bonus.

I use orzo because it cooks so quickly. And it looks so pretty too. But you could use any pasta.

You can add other things into the salad too. This recipe is good for using up leftovers. Have half a carrot? Shred it and add to the salad. Want a different taste – use a lime or two instead of a lemon. Sub onion or a shallot for the garlic; or use both.

You could also use left over ham, beef or pork in place of the tuna fish.

If you need or like a bit of crunch in your food sprinkle some pine nuts over the top of the salad too.

I normally do that for this salad but I have not been able to afford pine nuts for almost a year now.

How Bad Is the Economy? Think Tsunami!

Some of you know I am addicted to pistachios. Two weeks ago I bought a 6 ounce bag of pistachios for $5.99, $1.00 more than I paid for the same number of ounces last summer. Yesterday the same size bag, 6 ounces, was $6.99.

They went up $1.00 in one fell swoop in just two weeks.

There is no cost creep these days. It is a tsunami of price increases.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

¾ cup orzo

2 cans tuna fish

1 lemon – zest and juice

1-3 tablespoon olive oil

½ clove garlic

½ cup cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoons snipped chives

Salt and pepper to taste

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NOTE: Observant readers will notice I have a cup of tomatoes in the ingredient picture. I only used half in the recipe. Fortunately, I noticed before I started slicing them.

Here is what you do:

Cook pasta according to package directions.

NOTE: Ooooppps!!!  I forgot to take a picture of this.

Wash and zest the lemon and squeeze the juice, press the garlic, wash and slice the tomatoes in half, and snip the chives.

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Drain the tuna fish, place in a bowl and flake it a bit with a fork.

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When the orzo is cooked drain it and run cold water over it to stop the cooking and to cool down for the salad. Place in a big bowl.

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Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic in a bowl.

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Pour the lemon mixture over the pasta; gently toss.

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Add the tuna fish and gently toss again to mix the tuna into the salad.

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Add the tomatoes to the bowl and mix in. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Last sprinkle on the chives and the lemon zest on top.

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Serve with some soup and buttered bread.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

¾ cup dry orzo                              $0.84

2 cans tuna fish                              $3.38

1 lemon – zest and juice                 $0.59

1-3 tablespoon olive oil                   $0.45

1 clove garlic                                  $0.10                                      

½ cup cherry tomatoes                   $1.50

2 tablespoons snipped chives           $0.50

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $7.36
Cost per person = $2.45

Quote of the Day

Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.

Grace Hansen

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