The black halo

A good friend of mine told me this story so I know it is true. It involves a premonition of disaster.

A friend of hers is an international artist and regularly travels to the USA on art business. On this particular occasion he was flying from London and had already boarded the plane. As he was waiting for take off a strange sensation overwhelmed him and when he looked at fellow passengers he noticed that they were all crowned with a black halo. As you can imagine this totally unnerved him and he started to panic. He realised he couldn’t fly on that particular plane.

He called the stewardess and explained his premonition to her. She tried to reassure him but he was adamant that he could not fly on that plane and whatever the cost he had to get off it. No amount of pressure and cajoling could get him to change his mind. He got off the plane.

Of course his luggage was still in the hold and the plane could not fly with it still on board. All the luggage had to be disgorged, his luggage identified, removed and then the remaining luggage returned to the hold. This delayed the flight by some considerable time and the other passengers on board were fuming with rage. However, the artist was resolute, that aeroplane was cursed and despite the cost and aggravation he knew he was making the right decision.

I listened to my friend with fascination. She was not prone to superstition and histrionics and she told the story in a deadpan, matter of fact way.

“So,” I said, “what happened to the flight?”

My friend looked at me strangely and replied in a confused tone, “It landed safely of course. He just had a psychotic episode, what did you think I was talking about?”

So there you have it. Countless prophesies are simply not reported because they are wrong. Which suggests that those that are reported as correct used either dumb luck or falsified information. Take your pick.

2 Responses to “The black halo”

  1. Harrison says:

    Alternately, perhaps the delay caused by the artist’s premonition prevented the flight from being involved in a mid-air collision or some other freak disaster.

    Just a thought…

  2. Ivor Tymchak says:

    Ah, Harrison, now you are experimenting with the weather…how can you tell that what you did had any impact on the eventual weather?

    Good point though, I like it.

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