French physician Nostradamus made oddly accurate predictions of the future way back in 1555, but he's not the only clairvoyant who had notable skills. One of his most famed successors, Baba Vanga, is often called "the Nostradamus from the Balkans." Born in Bulgaria in 1911, Vanga garnered worldwide recognition when many of her predictions of global events and natural disasters proved true. She died in August 1996, but she still has a cult-like following.
Nonbelievers claim Vanga's words are taken out of context and sometimes so vague that they could be interpreted in many different ways. Whatever you believe, stories about Baba Vanga describe a woman who may have foretold major events such as September 11, the Kursk submarine disaster, and the rise of ISIS. Certain stories about clairvoyance are creepily accurate, and Vanga's tales seem to have the ring of truth.
Before her death in 1996, Vanga allegedly claimed:
Horror, horror! The American brethren will fall after being attacked by the steel birds. The wolves will be howling in a bush, and innocent blood will be gushing.
Theorists believe her words refer to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. "Steel birds" could allude to airplanes, and "brethren" could mean the Twin Towers. As the towers fell, thousands of innocent people lost their lives, and blood did spill.
You can even say Vanga got the part about a howling President George W. Bush correct.
In 1980 Vanga predicted that "Kursk will be covered with water and the whole world will weep over it." She claimed the event would take place in August 1999. While no water submersions happened in the city of Kursk, Russia, a Russian nuclear submarine also named Kursk made headlines in August 2000. An explosion during military exercises in the Barents Sea ripped a hole in the vessel's side.
All 118 crew members on board died. Experts suggest a chemical reaction from a broken pipe ignited a torpedo, detonating the surrounding warheads. In the aftermath, Russia appeared to delay rescue operations, and the victims' families were devastated.
In 1979 Vanga met with Russian artist Valentin Sidorov and shared a few of her predictions about Russia. Vanga stated:
All will thaw, as if ice, only one remain untouched - Vladimir's glory, glory of Russia. Too much it is brought in a victim. Nobody can stop Russia. All will be removed by her from the way and not only will be kept, but also becomes the lord of the world.
Some people believe her prediction refers to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his governing policies. Putin was just an officer in the KGB at the time of Vanga's prediction, but he eventually garnered more power, invaded other countries, and threatened to use military force against his enemies.
Before she died, Vanga claimed World War III would begin in 2010 after the assassinations of several world leaders. While a large-scale global war didn't take place that year, Polish president Lech Kaczyński died in a suspicious plane crash, Hamas military chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was murdered in his hotel room, and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in the street a year later. In 2011 the Middle East also went through a multicountry revolution known as the Arab Spring.
Vanga allegedly claimed angry Muslims would invade Europe in 2016, and people believe her statement alluded to the rise of ISIS. She even pinpointed Syria as a major conflict point, supposedly stating, "Muslims would use chemical warfare against Europeans."