When Kepler was mathematician to the Emperor Rudolph II of Germany, his primary task was to deliver good horoscopes.
J. D. Bernal
History of Physics
When I was six years old, there was the earthquake. I was an only child, and fled barefoot to a doorframe to stand between my parents.
“This is the load-bearing beam,” my father said with the air of an architect. “It’s safe here.”
We were in the dark. The next day we discovered that the only truly deep crack in the house was in that beam.
Three months later a famous psychic from the neighborhood announced to the residents the day and hour of the next tremor. People began sleeping with a suitcase under their beds—the psychic not being one to make mistakes—and when the appointed day arrived everyone headed down to the street. They lit bonfires.