While such comparisons have been very common ever since Nostradamus' work was published, the 9/11 attacks were especially busy with claims that the most significant terrorist attacks in U.S. history was predicted by Nostradamus.
Pairing this with the Mayan calendar ending, Nostradamus scholars believe that the statement is projecting that God will intervene on Earth in a powerful way, and that there will be a time of great horrors for humans.
Born in December 1503 (scholars peg the precise date as either December 14 or December 21), Nostradamus was a French man known for writing down numerous poetic prophecies about the future.
There has also been much interpretation of Nostradamus' theories as signaling the end of the World in 2012, even though the quatrains referenced bear no discussion of 2012.
In a nod to the king of clairvoyance himself, many people immediately started comparing Nostradamus' quatrains (sections of his writing) to the 9/11 catastrophe.
While the topic has been debated largely (especially on the Internet), there is no definite answer as to whether or not Nostradamus really predicted anything.
Neil even admits to inventing the passage simply to show how Nostradamus passages are so cryptic as to allow whatever interpretation one would like to apply.
Over the years, there has been much news and buzz regarding a supposed lost book of Nostradamus that predicted the world would end in 2012.
Nostradamus also predicted that a planet or other large astronomical collision would happen near the year 2000 (July 1999, to be exact).
Many critics point out that it is easy to take the prolific body of Nostradamus' work and mold it to fit any circumstance in retrospect.