In 1524, why did German noble Count von Iggleheim choose to construct a large, three story ark on the River Rhine?

Answer: He and many others felt that a vast flood would engulf the world on February 20, 1524. The theory came from a prediction made in 1499 by German astronomer Johannes Stöffler. Such was the anticipation of the event, when the day came and went without flooding, riots broke out across the region.

Source: Physics of the Impossible by Dr. Michio Kaku

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