The Cassandra Ad

By Cyberquill 08/31/200915 Comments

Although not a big believer in prophecies, I am somewhat intrigued by the timing of this eerily portentous advertisement, which appeared on the back cover of the September 2001 edition (i.e., published sometime in July or August 2001) of an eyewear magazine:


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  • Valerie

    I remember this cover. My brother in law is an Optometrist and had a copy of this at his home. It was creepy then and still is.

    • Cyberquill

      I actually picked it up at a dermatologist’s office, which made me wonder what it was doing there in the first place. Only adds to its creepiness.

  • Richard

    It’s either coincidence, or much remains to be explained.

    • Cyberquill

      As goes for the Big Bang and the curious fact that the sun and the moon are positioned at precisely such distances from Earth that they appear congruent when viewed from down here.

      • Doz

        There’s nothing coincidental about the Big Bang. It results from a Big Crunch every time.

        • Cyberquill

          Which, in turn, results from a Big Squeeze.

  • Richard

    The strong anthropic principle seems stretched to its limit, but never goes away.

    Did you ever read Martin Rees’s “Just Six Numbers”? If not, I recommend it, though it may be a little out of date now. It’s quite short, too, which suited me. It’s a thorough investigation of things like this, and still leaves the question open.

    The fact that such questions are unanswerable puts human beings in their place. What’s creepy is that so many eminent scientists think they are answerable. It is tragic that their curiosity depends on such a quest. The greatest scientists of all possess more humility in the presence of Nature.

    • Cyberquill

      On the other hand, it bespeaks little humility to pronounce certain questions unanswerable, since—in doing so—one rather high-and-mightily declares the question of whether they are answerable to be answerable.

      • Richard

        I acknowledge defeat!

      • Richard

        Like Mr. C., you’re a genius.

        • Cyberquill

          Which reminds me to certify my unemployment claim for the week ending 9/12.

  • Sarah

    hm. its very um .. unique? in a way i guess..

    • Cyberquill

      Hmm. Something to contemplate, preferably with a hot drink, on a cold night, snuggled in bed.

  • Burkey Devitt

    I saw this at the eye doctor’s office and took the magazine with me, I still have it somewhere.  It was published in Aug 2001 and I found the magazine a few weeks after 9/11.  
    Very strange feeling sitting there in the eye doc’s office seeing this on the back of the magazine, moreso since this magazine is twice the size of regular magazines.

    • Cyberquill

      Identical scenario here, except I saw it at the dermatologist’s, although the  dermatologist subsequently referred me to an eye doctor, for he said that the stye on my eyelid was an ophthalmological more than a dermatological matter.