Today, 93 years ago, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men found the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The incident gathered humongous media coverage and is still considered one of the landmark in archeological excavations. But the mysterious deaths of those involved in the excavation led to the belief that the tomb of the Pharaoh was cursed and the notion of ‘The Pharaoh’s Curse’ was born.
Mystery is addictive. No matter if one is a believer of curses or superstitions or not, one cannot shy away from the fact that the unexplainable holds immense attraction. Science, today, has explained most of the phenomenon that were inexplicable centuries ago but still there remain a few things that are yet to receive any logical or scientific explanation.
Here’s take a look on 9 of the famous curses through history:
1.The Blue Diamond Curse:
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The Hope Diamond, also known as the King’s Jewel, the Blue of France and the Tavernier Blue, is a 45.52-carat deep-blue diamond. It is believed that the gemstone originated in India, in the Kollur mine in Guntur district (which at the time was part of the Golconda kingdom), in the 17thcentury and was stolen from the head of a Hindu idol by French merchant Jean Baptiste Tavernier. It has a long recorded history, with certain missing links, in which it changed hands numerous times on its way from India to France to Britain to United States, where it is currently housed at the National Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. The gem also has numerous legends that whoever possessed or owned the diamond met with tragic end.
2.The Pharaoh’s Curse:
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According to some reports, the tomb of King Tutankhamun was guarded by a stone inscribed with the ominous threat: “Death Shall Come on Swift Wings to Him Who Disturbs the Peace of the King.” After Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon opened the tomb to worldwide fanfare in 1922, strange fates befell those who had entered the tomb. Lord Carnarvon died four months later while in Egypt from an infected mosquito bite (he was already known to be in poor health). A few hours after his death, back in England, Carnarvon’s beloved dog Susie let out a yelp and died. Financier George Jay Gould I died of a fever six months after visiting the tomb. Woolf Joel, a South African millionaire, was murdered a few months after his visit to the tomb. A. C. Mace, a member of Carter’s archaeological team, was killed by arsenic poisoning. Carter’s personal secretary was found suffocated in his bed in 1929. The reasons for these deaths still remain a matter of debate.
3.The Kennedy Curse:
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The Kennedy curse is invoked to describe a series of misfortunes (known as the Kennedy family tragedies) involving members of the powerful and celebrated Kennedy family of the United States of America. It is believed that the Kennedy curse was ‘set-off’ with President John F. Kennedy being assassinated in 1963. Many deaths followed viz. Robert Kennedy was assassinated five years later in 1968. Senator Ted Kennedy survived a plane crash, but later drove off a bridge that killed Mary Jo Kopechne. Robert Kennedy’s son died of a drug overdose, his other son died in a skiing accident, JFK Jr. died in a plane crash (along with his wife and her sister) and most recently, Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife of RFK Jr., hanged herself.
4.The Poltergeist Curse:
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The “Poltergeist curse” is a rumored curse attached to the Poltergeist trilogy and its crew, derived from the fact that four cast members died in the six years between the releases of the first and third films. The rumor is often fueled by the fact that real skeletons were used as props in various scenes of Poltergeist and Poltergeist II: The Other Side.
5.The Superman Curse:
The Superman curse refers to a series of supposedly related misfortunes that have plagued creative people involved in adaptations of Superman in various media, particularly actors who have played the role of Superman on film and television. The “curse” is frequently associated with George Reeves, who starred in Adventures of Superman on television from 1952 to 1958, and died of a gunshot wound under controversial circumstances and his son Christopher Reeve, who played the superhero in four theatrical films and was paralyzed in a horseback riding accident, and died nine years later.
6.The Club 27 Curse:
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The 27 Club is a term that refers to a number of popular musicians who died at age 27, often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, or violent means such as homicide or suicide. Notable names who died at 27 include Joe Henderson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and recently Amy Winehouse.
7.The Curse of Tippencanoe:
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The name Curse of Tippecanoe (also known as Tecumseh’s Curse, the Presidential Curse, Zero-Year Curse, the Twenty-Year Curse, or the Twenty-Year Presidential Jinx) is used to describe the regular death in office of Presidents of the United States elected or re-elected in years evenly divisible by twenty, from William Henry Harrison (elected in 1840) through John F. Kennedy (1960). Ronald Reagan, elected in 1980, was wounded by gunshot but survived; George W. Bush (2000) survived an attempt on his life unharmed.
8.The Iceman Curse:
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Ötzi also called the Iceman was by two German tourists, at an elevation of 10,530 ft. on the east ridge of the Fineilspitze in the Ötztal Alps on the Austrian–Italian border in 1991. Some claimthat the Ötzi is cursed as manypeople connected to the discovery, recovery and subsequent examination of Ötzi have died under mysterious circumstances. Till date, the deaths of seven people, of which four were the result of some violence in the form of accidents, have been attributed to the alleged curseincluding deaths of co-discoverer Helmut Simonand Konrad Spindler.
9.The Rainbow Jersey Curse:
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The rainbow jersey is the distinctive jersey worn by the reigning world champion in a bicycle racing discipline, since 1927. The jersey is predominantly white with five horizontal bands in the UCI colours around the chest The curse of the rainbow jersey is a popular term to refer to the phenomenon where cyclists who have become World Champion often suffer from poor luck the next year.