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Jemima Packington, asparamancer

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Jemima Packington, the world’s one and only asparamancer, is able to foretell the future by throwing asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) in the air and analysing the way it lands. She discovered this skill when ‘some asparagus she was eating fell on the floor and she came up with a prediction that came true’. She claims that about six out ten of her predictions for 2012 came true.
Her predictions for 2013 include:
Greece will leave the European Union
Germany will suffer unexpected problems
There will be a ‘significant’ tsunami in the Far East
British weather will be a major cause for concern with huge extremes
A royal romance will lead to wedding bells [Worcester News, 3 January 2013].

More information is given in MailOnline, 18 January 2012: Miss Packington, then aged 56, originated from Pershore, Worcestershire, but was then living in Bath, Somerset. She uses only fresh Vale of Evesham asparagus.

According to a leaflet picked up at the Almonry Museum in Evesham, apparently prepared for the 2023 Asparagus Festival, Packington ‘has made dozens of accurate predictions in recent years’.  The leaflet lists 20 predictions for 2023, some of which are vague, so may, or may not, come true.  However the first two, that ‘the Lionesses will bring the Women’s [Football] World Cup home’, and that ‘Gareth Southgate will receive an award in His Majesty’s New Years Honours’, have both proved to be inaccurate. Perhaps if 20 predictions are made each year the chances are that some will be ‘accurate’.

Edited 5 December 2023.

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