While we celebrate every new year about the uncertain future that’s ahead of us, and hoping that that uncertainty comes in the brightest shades, we have some tradition that we practice each year. We make the ‘new year new me’ promise to ourselves and our friends on social media, and we go online revisiting prognostications for the future from so-called mystics and other alleged seers. That includes human and octopuses alike. Also Read - Her Circle content and social media platform launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day
Among these mystics is Baba Vanga, a blind Bulgarian mystic who died in 1996, but predicted up till the 51st century, which is when she says the world will end. Also Read - No passport if you are caught being 'anti-Indian' on social media
Known as the “Nostradamus of the Balkans”, the old lady is most famous for a prophecy she made in 1989 about the 9/11 attack, when she said that the “America brothers” will be attacked by a steel bird. I hate to be technical, but the jets are made of aluminum! Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
Another one to her credit, was her predictions that Europe will cease to exist as 2016 closes. While that sounded like armageddon at that time, people ended interpreting that as the Brexit, which brought on conflict several months after the British Parliament voted to leave the European Union in June 2016.
Hold on, if you’re getting in the groove of Baba Vanga being the oracle, she also foretold that Barack Obama would become the last US president. Probably Donald Trump being the president was hard to see even for the Bulgarian lady!
Coming to what she thinks the world would be like in 2018, she made two predictions. One is some very huge scientific discovery, which will be finding a new form of energy on the planet Venus. With no planned missions to Venus up till now, it doesn’t seem like her prediction would be fulfilled!
Baba Vanga also foresaw that China will pass the United States in economic power! For the unsolicited, the effect where people apply vague predictions to real-world events, is linked to confirmation bias, a tendency to look for information that confirms one’s own beliefs or interpret information in a way that does this.
It is also similar to the Barnum Effect or the Forer Effect. That phenomenon describes how people see generic personality descriptions as being about them specifically, leading them to believe horoscopes and psychics are accurate.