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It always comes as a bit of a surprise to me when an old year ends, and we get ready to start a new one. When I was a child, it seemed that the time from one Christmas to the next was interminable; now it passes in a flash and I hardly get the decorations stowed away when it is time to get them out again.

But it is the end of a year that has been very ordinary in a lot of ways and very eventful in others. Looking back, I wondered what the prognosticators expected. They called some of the events but missed on others.

Several people foresaw the assassination of President Trump in 2019, including Nostradamus, a famous 16th century prophesier who supposedly made that prediction. I’m not sure quite how since neither the USA or the Presidency existed when he was around, but despite multiple predictions, that didn’t happen.

Columnist Kurt Schlichter was probably right in promising that 2019 would be even crazier than 2018 and he had some hits and some misses. He predicted that Michael Cohen would join a prison gang, Lindsey Graham would turn into the “Right-wing Avenger,” Kamala Harris would be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, and Trump would pick a female Catholic for appointment to the Supreme Court.

One of the most colorful and prolific prognosticators is Nikki, Psychic to the Stars. She made hundreds of 2019 predictions on a wide range of subjects. Some of my favorites were that a spaceship would land in a desert area, penguins would invade cities, Kellyanne Conway would get a divorce, the sky would turn different colors all over the world, a member of the Trump family would be abducted, a giant gorilla like King Kong would be found on a desert island, and a politician would strip naked on live TV. Some of her other predictions, only slightly less bizarre, did come true.

Wonder what 2020 has in store…

Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.