Not all of us believe in the so-called "mystical curse." It is so? But then how to explain the top 6 stories of the most horrible curses of all time. Read more.
Curse of the Pharaohs
According to some reports, at the opening of Tutankhamen's tomb was found a stone with the inscription "Death on swift wings overtake the one who disturbed the peace of the Pharaoh," but possessed Egyptologist Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon that has not stopped: in 1922 it was officially announced the sensational discovery . Shortly visited the tomb began to die one after another.
Lord Carnarvon died from a mosquito bite, which caused blood poisoning and pneumonia, four months after he first went to the crypt. I must say, in the last months of his life he was not very strong. A few hours after his death in England, yelp, he gave up the ghost pet dog Lord - Susie.
American financier George Gould, visited the tomb, caught a fever and died six months after his visit to the Tutankhamen. Millionaire Joel Wolfe, who has come to look at the interior of the tomb of the pharaoh, was killed a few months after the visit. Just a few days after the death of Lord Carnarvon was poisoned with arsenic member of the archaeological team Carter Arthur Mace. Not escaped death and Carter's personal secretary, who was found strangled in his bed in 1929.
Whatever it was, many of the members of the expedition Carter and the opening of the tomb lived a long and happy life, but among the possible causes of death of the remaining scientists call toxic bacteria and fungi that live in the tomb for thousands of years before the archaeologists have violated their privacy.
Curse of Ötzi
In 1991, a group of climbers went to conquer one of Alpine peaks in the Ötz Valley, half vmёrzshie found human remains in the ice. Deciding that this is one of the victims of avalanches and blizzards, mountain climbers learned body with ice axes and sent to the morgue. Examining the body, pathologists concluded, the man was a resident of the Bronze Age, and stayed in the mountains for at least 5,300 m-years.
Ice prisoner named Ötzi, and scientists came to the conclusion that he was killed by a blow to the head, which caused his unknown pursuers, and, when found, Ötzi still clutched in the hands of a flint knife.
After some time, the people involved in this incident, suddenly began to die: Rainer Henn, the forensic expert who examined the body, killed in a car accident a year after the event, shortly after this avalanche claimed the life of Kurt Fritz - a guide who led the transportation of the body. Mountaineer Helmut Simon discovered the first Ötzi died in 2004, roughly in the same area, fell into the abyss.
Almost immediately after the funeral of Simon died of a heart attack, the head of the rescue team, look for it - Dieter Warnecke. In April 2005, died of a stroke, Professor Konrad Spindler of Innsbruck University, who led the team of scientists who explored the ECR. We can assume a series of deaths a coincidence, but in general, if we consider that this story were involved hundreds of people, the deaths of several of them for 20 years can not be anything supernatural.
Curse of Tamerlan
Central Asian legendary commander and conqueror Tamerlane (Timur) was the initiator of the military campaigns, which killed a total of about 17 million people.
In 1941, the year Stalin sent to Samarkand (Uzbekistan), a group of archaeologists who had to open the tomb of Tamerlane, which was seriously alarmed local residents and Muslim clergy. According to unconfirmed reports, at the opening of the tomb of Timur was found the inscription: "Who disturbs my grave, will pave the way for a more fearsome invaders than I am." Everyone knows what happened next - On June 22, the army Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.
By the way, when in 1942, Stalin ordered to return the remains of the tomb of Tamerlane and buried with all due rites, German forces surrendered at Stalingrad, which was one of the turning points in World War II.
The Curse of the Hope Diamond
According to one legend, a French merchant Jean Baptiste Tavernier, pulled the 115-carat blue diamond from the Indian temple, after which he was hounded to death by dogs. But in fact, hunter diamond jewelry bought in the Sultanate of Golconda, Central India, smuggled him out of the country, and then in 1669, the year brought the stone to the French court, where he bought the "Sun King" Louis XIV.
Stone has not made itself felt until it fell into the hands of Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette, who were beheaded during the French Revolution, after which the diamond was stolen and then "floated" only in 1812 from a London dealer with a different cut.
Hope Diamond was named after one of the first known owners - the British Lord Henry Philip Hope, who bought the stone in 1830 at auction.
By the end of the XIX-th century the family owned the Hope diamond, but at the time of financial difficulties, it was decided to sell. Stone walked some time on her hands, and in 1912 went to Evelyn Walsh McLean - daughter of the owner of the newspaper «Washington Post». Soon after her son was killed in a car crash, the daughter committed suicide, and the husband of Evelyn threw for another woman (by the way, he died in a lunatic asylum).
After the death of Walsh McLean diamond expense of paying its debt was transferred to the jeweler Harry Winston, who in 1958 presented it to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where the Hope Diamond and is still. The postman who delivered the package to the museum with a stone, was hit by a truck, but he survived, but died soon after his wife and loved the dog, and the house burned down postman.
Tecumseh Curse (Curse of US presidents)
XIX-th century in American history is marked by numerous conflicts and clashes with government forces, representatives of the indigenous Indian population.
In one of the largest of this kind of local wars killed the Shawnee chieftain Tecumseh. Dying, the proud son of the Indian people cursed the future US presidents, who are elected or re-elected in a year divisible by 20. Tecumseh foretold that the rulers of the United States will die or be killed before the end of the presidential term.
It argued that the curse acted to the seventh generation. The first victim was the leader of the posthumous wishes of President William Henry Harrison, elected in 1840 - he died of pneumonia a month after the inauguration. It Harrison, being the first governor of Indiana, defeated the troops at the Battle of Tippecanoe Tippekanu, which became fatal for the Indians.
Another damned became Abraham Lincoln was elected to his first term in 1860, re-elected in 1864, and he was killed in 1865 shot to the head.
Third in the "black list Tecumseh" was destined to become James A. Garfield: elected in 1880, after his inauguration in March 1881 of stayed in office less than six months, died from complications after being shot in the back, made a psychopath Charles Guiteau.
The fourth proved to William McKinley, who became president in 1896 and re-elected in 1900. The cause of death of McKinley, September 14 1901, the year became gangrene internal organs develop after a gunshot wound in the stomach.
Number five - Warren Harding, who took the presidency in 1920, died in 1923, according to some versions, a heart attack or a brain hemorrhage.
The sixth was Franklin Roosevelt, during his fourth term as president of the United States died of a stroke. Of course, among Roosevelt's re-election was a multiple of 20 - 1940-th year.
Closes the list of well-known John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who led the United States in 1960 and fallen victim to the bullets of Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963-year.
Elected in 1980, Ronald Reagan broke the law, after surviving an assassination attempt in 1981, and safely left the presidency in 1989, the year.
George W. Bush was also impervious to the curse of an Indian chief: he became president in 2000, he survived several assassination attempts, but did not die, and then it became clear - the term "authority" Tecumseh expired. Whose curse will be next?
"Curse of the Billy Goat»
In 1945 the owner of the tavern "Billy Goat" Sianis Bill came to the baseball game between the "Chicago Cubs" and "Detroit Tigers" drag with a goat. Specific smell the animal prevented the audience, so Billy was asked to leave. Indignant Sianis leaving, he said, "The Cubs will never win!».
That game really was for "Chicago Cubs" fatal: since then the team has never reached the final of the World Series, fans also tried various ways to remove the "curse", but to no avail. In one of the games "Cubs" even came to Billy's nephew Sam Sianis, of course, taking with him a goat, but it did not give results.
The story of the goat, he took from the baseball club's success, seen by many as a joke, but true fans of baseball's no laughing matter. In April this year in Cook County Illinois found headless corpse goat tied to a tree near the golf course, and a few days later, the current head of the club "Chicago Cubs" Tom Ricketts came parcel, which was partly decomposed goat head.