Psychic Nikki's Near Hit on the Hudson

According to this link, Nikki, Psychic to the Stars, predicted an air crash near the Hudson River back on December 16, 2008. Specifically, her prediction was
Air crash near the Hudson River in New York

Almost exactly a month later, January 15, 2008, US Airways Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson river!

The Toronto Sun commends Nikki on her prediciton:
Kudos to Nikki, psychic to the stars, who Dec. 16 predicted a plane would ditch into the Hudson River.

I suppose crashing into the Hudson River isn't much different than crashing near the Hudson River. After all, you can't get much nearer than that!

Or is it? If Frodo had thrown the One Ring near Orodruin (Mount Doom to you non-geeks) rather than into it, things might have turned out differently for the race of men. But that's a story for another day. Suffice it to say that in some cases, the meaning of words are actually important.

So was Nikki's prediction fulfilled? Yes. But it didn't really take much to fulfill it. The Hudson River is 315 miles (507 km) long and there's a lot of geography that can be construed to be near it. A plane crashing in Yinchuan, China is near the Hudson from the perspective of, oh say, the Andromeda Galaxy. But that's not what Nikki means. She can claim this predicition as being fulfilled as long as there's a news report that mentions "plane crash" and "Hudson River" in the same article. If it's not in the media, then it really serves no purpose to her credibility. In this case, she can bask in the glow of the Toronto Sun which completely misrepresents her prediction, giving her credit for something that she really didn't do.

What really made the US Airways crash stand out was that no one died. The pilot successfully crash landed in the Hudson along Manhattan Island - a very high profile event - and everyone lived. Apparently Nikki's powers of prognostication is limited. And let's not forget that, had no crash occurred at all near the Hudson, this prediction would have found itself swirling in the detritus of the hundreds or thousands of others that have yet to find a home. Here's a few "plane" related ones floating amongst the garbage:
A Hollywood movie star will be on a plane that is hijacked.
Two planes crashing over Kennedy Airport.

Billy Ray Cyrus has to be careful of planes.
Two planes will collide over JFK Airport in New York (whoa - de ja vous)

A plane will crash into the Egyptian pyramids.
Tiger Woods has to be careful of planes.
Tony Curtis has to be careful of planes.
Donald Trump has to be careful of planes.

John Travolta opening a flying school but has to be careful of planes
Bruce Springstein (sic) - be careful of planes
Tiger Woods has to be careful of planes.

Planes crashing into the World Trade Centre (a feather in her cap - I've yet to see the original prediction)

A word of advice to everyone: be careful of planes. They could easily run over your toes if you're not paying attention.

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