A devout believer in astrology, French king Louis XI was deeply impressed when an astrologer correctly foretold that a lady of the court would die in eight days time. Deciding, however, that the too-accurate prophet should be disposed of, Louis summoned the man to his apartments, having first told his servants to throw the visitor out of the window when he gave the signal. “You claim to understand astrology and to know the fate of others,” the king said to the man, “so tell me at once what your fate will be and how long you have to live.”
“I shall die just three days before Your Majesty,” answered the astrologer. The shaken king canceled his plans!