In the history of mankind it often happens that there follows a series of strange and tragic events connected with a certain place, person, thing. Then they speak of curses. This term was used in biblical times. Then it was believed that an emotional impulse can be brought upon the enemy by a curse.
Today, science denies any patterns in such events, attributing the failures of ordinary randomness. Meanwhile, in history there are quite terrible chains of events that are difficult to explain by natural causes. We will tell below about the ten most famous curses.
Sweden has a place called Blekringe. They found a whole group of strange stones, installed here in the VI century. Their height is about 4.2 meters. Some stones form circles, and some stand alone. But the most famous and strange of them is the Björktor stone. On it in those days was inscribed: “I, the owner of these runes, lay here the symbols of power. Anyone who dares to break this stone, awaits a treacherous death. I’m predicting their destruction. ” It would seem, empty words. But there is a local legend that claims that this prophecy was once tested and proven its strength. One day, a farmer decided to remove the stone, not believing in the curse. He needed more land for his farm. Around the stone, he spread out the firewood to harden it, and then roll it with cold water. So the man intended to split the stone. The weather was calm then, and there was no sign of the wind. But as soon as the fire caught fire, a strong gust of wind threw wood on the man, his hair caught fire. The unfortunate man rushed to the ground, began rolling around to knock off the flames. But the fire has already spread to the clothes. As a result, a person who did not believe in the power of the curse died in terrible agony. And the fire around the rune instantly died down, as if someone invisible absorbed it into a huge fist and extinguished it.
Curse of Bambino.
In 1920, the sale of baseball player Beiba Ruta from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees took place. Since then, the previous team of the athlete began to pursue a series of failures, dubbed “The Curse of Bambino.” Until then, the team from New York had never won the national championship, but the Bostonians, on the contrary, were one of the most successful teams, being five-time champions. The new team Ruth really brought luck, becoming there a legend and bringing 4 championships. But the “Red Sox” for a long time lost the taste of great victories. They did not win the championship until 2004. Only after more than 80 years the curse was lifted. It is noteworthy that during the triumphant final there was a lunar eclipse, the first for the final games. And the rival of the Bostonians in a historical duel was the very same “New York Yankees”. Interestingly, the curse itself was only spoken after 1990, when it was voiced by journalists. Fans of the team, seeing that the victories are really all there and not, even made a series of attempts to get rid of the curse. So, flags “Yankees” were burnt, professional exorcists of spirits were employed, established corresponding road signs in front of the city with a turn for curse to the side. A lot of documentaries and articles have been written about this story.
Curse of the Tipekan.
In 1840, William Henry Harrison became the President of the United States. His campaign was accompanied everywhere by the song “Tipekanoe, as well as Tyler.” Hero Tipecanoe was called William himself, who participated in that battle of 1811, and Tyler was another candidate for the Whig party. A year after his election, the President passed away. Since then, every new head of the country, elected in the year ending in zero, died before the end of his term of office. Harrison himself died a natural death, already in his old age, elected in 1860, Lincoln was shot, as did Garfield, elected in 1880.The same fate awaited and elected in 1900 McKinley and in 1960 Kennedy. But Harding and F. Roosevelt, who became Presidents in 1920 and 1940 respectively, died a natural death. Ronald Reagan, elected Presidents in 1980, interrupted the sinister series. But he was assassinated just a couple of months after taking office.
The Curse of Superman.
We all think that Superman is an invulnerable hero. But this happens only in the movies. But with those people who in life was associated with the history of this character, there were a lot of troubles and accidents. This served as the basis for creating a belief about the curse of Superman. Perhaps the most revealing cases occurred with George Reeves, who played Superman in the television series, and Christopher Reeve, who embodied the image of the hero in several films. George Reeves, who starred in the “Adventures of Superman” in 1951-1958, mysteriously committed suicide in 1959. And Christopher Reeve, after filming in 4 films about a superhero in the 70’s and 80’s, was completely paralyzed after falling from a horse in 1995. In this tragic chain, other people are often mentioned – Jerry Siegel and the artist Joe Schuster. The first was one of the main screenwriters, and the second – an artist. It is believed that they invented the image of a superhero. Only here to earn on this they failed. The owner of all rights to the image of Superman was the company DC Comics, which this couple worked for. Some people even believe that it was Jerry and Joe who put a curse on the image they created in response to too low deductions for their brilliant work. They say that President John Kennedy himself became the victim of the curse. After all, shortly before his death, the Administration approved a scenario in which Superman advertises some presidential initiatives. Such comics had to go on sale in April 1964. But six months earlier, the President was killed. Such a curse scared off many actors from the role of Superman. One of the last became Paul Walker. But many people sarcastically say that this is for the best. This actor would rather kill the role than she did. “Return of Superman” came out on screens in 2006, see if the curse will work again.
Curse of the goat Billy.
This curse follows the command of the Chicago Cubs. And it began in 1945. The story goes that then Billy Sianis, an immigrant from Greece came to the game. In his hands, he had 2 tickets worth 7.2 dollars, and his companion was … a goat! At this time, played the 4th match of the championship in baseball, the Chicago team faced the “Detroit Tigers” team. Sianisa, along with the goat, was admitted to the Wrigley Stadium and allowed to even show off before the game on the observation deck. After all, the animal was the symbolism of the owner’s favorite team. But with the beginning of the match, the guards took up the case. A few innings, Sianis along with the goat marched around the field, and then they were seated in their seats, according to the tickets they had bought. But even before the end of the game the fan together with the animal was kicked out of the stadium. This order was given personally by the owner of the “Cubs”, Philippe Wrigley. The offended Sianis allegedly said that “the Cubs will no longer be able to win anything.” This was the curse imposed on the team. That game, “Cubs” lost, like the whole tournament. Sianis already from Greece wrote to the owner of the team a letter: “Well, who stinks now?” Over the next 20 years, “Cubs” was the worst team of the National League. Such a black streak stopped only in 1967, with the arrival of Leo Durosche as club manager.
Porsche by James Dean.
September 30, 1955 at 17:45, there was a terrible accident. In it, the idol of the American youth James Dean died. His new Porsche Spyder, nicknamed “Little Bastard” collided head-on with another car. His friend and mechanic, the role of Vuterich, was able to survive the accident, getting seriously injured. But the actor himself died on the way to the hospital, and did not regain consciousness.Ironically, Dean, who was driving, was strapped and broke his neck, but his passenger was not fastened and flew out of the car, which saved his life. At the wheel of another car was Donald Thornspeed, a student. He got off with a few scratches. It is said that just one week before, Alec Genness, to whom Dean had boasted of his car, warned that driving behind her wheel would lead to death exactly one week later. The broken car was later sold to professional car designer George Barris for $ 2,500. But before the wreckage could get to him in the garage, as during the loading she fell off and fell on one of the mechanics. At the end, both legs were broken. Barris began to suspect that this machine is cursed. Especially since the two tires removed from it on another car suddenly burst. The driver miraculously survived, but remained disabled. His suspicions were finally confirmed when the race took place in the California Pomona in October 1956. Two doctors, Toy McGenry and William Ashryd, bought themselves a car from Barris, which contained spare parts from the sinister “Little Bastard.” McGenry, on whose car was the engine from Porsche, died when the car lost control and crashed into a tree. And the car Eshrida and at all turned over. The driver himself managed to survive, afterwards he said that in the corner the steering wheel suddenly jammed. A detached wheel hit the policeman’s head, causing a concussion. A month later Porsche Dean’s remains were transported by a truck. The car suddenly lost control and rolled over. The remains of the Porsche fell on the practically escaped driver. In 1960, the “Little Bastard” was restored and ready to ride. But when transported to Miami the car mysteriously disappeared. What happened to the demonic damn machine and those who abducted it remains a mystery.
Curse of the Kennedy family.
It is believed that this famous American family is cursed. The reason for such rumors was a series of tragedies that occurred with Kennedy. All this could happen to an ordinary family, but in the case of such an influential family, the press presented the chain of events as a curse. Some Kennedy died young enough. In the service were killed John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. And in 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash. The members of the clan, as evidence of the curse, cited the fact that the sister of President Kennedy, Rosemary, was isolated from society, later transferred to lobotomy. During the Second World War, Joseph Kennedy was killed, and younger Edward Kennedy at 12 years old amputated his leg. Michael Kennedy died in an accident, just skiing.
Diamond of Hope.
The history of this precious stone can be traced back to 1642. This diamond became known for its size, purity, wonderful color and mysterious history. The stone is a blue egg-shaped faceted diamond. Its weight is 45.5 carats, and the dimensions are 25.6 by 21.8 by 12 millimeters. The diamond is located in a lattice, which is framed by sixteen other, smaller diamonds. Like all other blue and gray diamonds, the color of Hope is caused by boron and is a combination of blue shades. The notoriety of diamonds is given by the belief that it brings failures to its masters. He was fetched by the Frenchman Tavernier, who, according to legend, stole a stone in India from his forehead or the eye of the statue of the goddess Sita. Only then, after the sale of the diamond, the thief was killed in Russia by wild dogs. When the diamond first came to Europe, then along with it on the mainland came the Plague. Many priests attributed it to the “blue eye” for this. The stone was donated to Louis XIV, and he handed the diamond to the favorite. She soon fell into disgrace, and the diamond returned to the king. Soon, Louis XIV in the dance stepped on a nail and died of gangrene. The next owner of the stone was Marie Antoinette, who gave the diamond to wear diamond Princess Lamballe. During the French Revolution, the ladies were executed, together with Louis XVI.Further owners quickly changed – cadet, jeweler, his son … All of them ominously and mysteriously died. The diamond fell into the hands of the banker Hope and he died of an unknown disease. His son was poisoned, and his grandson was ruined. Brilliant Hope fell into the hands of the Sultan of Egypt and was presented to his mistress. Soon the ruler was expelled, and the woman was killed. The sequence of deaths continued and continued. As a result, the stone was donated to the Smithsonian University in Washington. Today it is demonstrated to all comers, being a part of the national collection of jewelry and minerals.
Often this club is called “Forever 27”. This is how the fans called the whole group of rock and blues musicians who died at the age of 27. Often accompanied by rather mysterious circumstances. It is not clear yet, on the basis of what criteria in general can be enlisted in this club of new members. The motive for creating such an unspoken organization is clear: within a ten-month period of time, some musicians who have reached the age of 27 die. In the list under the number “one”, Robert Johnson is usually mentioned. Other members of the club are Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison. All of them made a great contribution to the development of music. At the age of 27 Kurt Cobain also died, and now they are also included in this list. In 2011, at the same age, singer Amy Uyanhaus died, and many hastened to make it on the honorary list. And in Russia, 27 years is a critical age for a musician. Suffice it to recall Alexander Bashlachev.
The curse of Tutankhamun.
This curse is perhaps the most famous. For the first time it was talked about when, in April 1923, just two months after the opening of the tomb of the pharaoh, Lord Carnarvon, who was a financial sponsor of the searches, died unexpectedly at the age of 57 in Cairo. The cause of death was the mosquito, which caused infection of the blood and pneumonia. When Carnarvon died, the city’s power grid suddenly failed, and all around Cairo the lights went out. They say that simultaneously with the lord, his beloved dog, who was in London, also died. Strangely, the fact that when the mummy of Tutankhamun was unfolded in 1925, the wound on the left cheek of the pharaoh was in the same place as the fatal bite of Carnarvon. By 1929, eleven people associated with the opening of the tomb, died prematurely for unknown reasons. Among them were two relatives of Carnarvon, the personal secretary of Carter, who opened the tomb. One of the deceased, before leaping off the roof, left a note: “I can not endure all these horrors and see no more opportunities to do anything good in my life. That’s why I’m leaving. ” They say that there was an inscription on the wall of the open tomb that a quick death would befall one who disturbed the peace of Pharaoh. However, later this inscription was not found. Today, journalists believe that there was no curse. After all, since the middle of the XIX century, mystic stories about the curses of the pharaoh have become fashionable. Shortly before the discovery of the tomb, the novelist Mary McKay predicted a terrible death to everyone who visited it. Having compared the biographies of all who entered the tomb, opened it and worked with the mummy itself, it turns out that nothing special happened to those people.