Psychic Win… sort of?

This article from The Moscow Times website tells the story of a startlingly accurate psychic prediction:

A man was jailed by a Kemerovo region court on Thursday for assaulting a Gypsy fortune teller who predicted that he would be jailed, the Investigative Committee said.

Gennady Osipovich tried to kill the unidentified female fortune teller, who told him she saw a “state-owned house” — a Russian euphemism for jail — in his future, the committee said in a statement on its web site.

Of course, this would have been a much funnier story if the man hadn’t also killed two witnesses. Clearly, Osipovich wasn’t exactly a level-headed individual to begin with, but I can’t help but think there’s a lesson to be learned here about pretending you can see the future, and then making stuff up that might upset people.

If you’re interested in learning how to become a fortune teller, you can check out the How To Be A Psychic guide, put together by the Ottawa Skeptics. Just remember that with great power, there must also come great responsibility.

(via: the daily wh.at / boingboing)

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  • Mitchell Gerskup

    Mitchell Gerskup recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. An avid atheist and skeptic, he has served as the President of the University of Toronto Secular Alliance, helping to promote science, reason and critical thinking around Toronto. He also volunteers with the Centre for Inquiry’s Ontario branch, and currently sits on the CFI’s Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism. Mitchell is also an accomplished competitive debater, having debated all across Canada. In addition to issues of economics and philosophy, Mitchell is interested in the fields of science and technology.