6, the most famous in the history of curses
Modern man is somehow ashamed to be superstitious and believe in the curse of supernatural forces, is not it? Most people have a belief in omens and spirits either stayed away as a child, or expressed in poplovyvanii over the left shoulder and three-time rapping on wood, nothing more.
But sometimes happens is that you begin to understand that there is still something in the world, from which can not protect either call the police or traumatic gun under his pillow, no communications in the higher echelons of power. Six strange stories: it is coincidence or a banal revenge on the inhabitants of the underworld - every man for himself decides for himself.
1. Curse of the Pharaohs
According to some reports, at the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamun was found a stone with the inscription "Death on swift wings overtake the one who disturbed the pharaoh's rest", but obsessed Egyptologist Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon that has not stopped: it was in 1922 officially announced a sensational discovery. Soon, visited the tomb began to die one after another.
Lord Carnarvon died from the bite of a mosquito that caused blood poisoning and pneumonia four months after he first walked into the vault. I must say, in the last months of his life he was not very strong. A few hours after his death in England, squealing, he gave up the ghost beloved dog Lord - Susie.
American financier George Gould, visited the tomb, caught a fever and died six months after his visit to Tutankhamun. Millionaire Joel Wolfe, who visited 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 personal secretary of Carter, 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 other scientists called toxic mold and bacteria that live in the tomb of a thousand years before archeologists violated their privacy.
2. Curse of Ötzi
In 1991, a group of climbers went to conquer one of Alpine peaks in the Ötz Valley, found half vmorzshie in ice human remains. Deciding that it was one of the victims of avalanches and blizzards, mountain climbers have 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 5300-m years.
Ice prisoner named Ötzi, and the researchers concluded that he died from 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 scientist who examined the body, was killed in a car crash a year after the event, shortly after this avalanche claimed the life of Kurt Fritz - a guide who led the carriage body. Mountaineer Helmut Simon discovered Ötzi the first, 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 that investigated the ECR. It can be considered 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 these may be nothing supernatural in 20 years.
3. The Curse of Tamerlane
The legendary commander and the Central Asian 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 that was seriously alarmed local residents and Muslim clergy. According to unconfirmed reports, the inscription was discovered at the opening of the tomb of Tamerlane, "Who disturbs my tomb, will pave the way for a more terrible invaders, than I am." Everyone knows what happened next - June 22, Adolf Hitler's army invaded the Soviet Union.
By the way, when in 1942, the year Stalin ordered to return the remains of Tamerlane in the tomb and buried with all due rites, the German forces surrendered at Stalingrad, which was one of the turning points in World War II.
Question for professional historians: who is it that is responsible for the deaths of 26 million people - Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, or Tamerlane?
4. 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 jewels bought the diamond 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 is not made itself felt until falling 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.
Until 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 while walking on his hands, and in 1912 went to Evelyn Walsh McLean - the 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 in the bill paying its debt has been 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 being held. The postman who delivered in a package with a stone museum, was hit by a truck, but he survived, but died soon after his wife and loved the dog, and the postman house burned down.
5. Tecumseh's Curse (The Curse of the Presidents of the USA)
XIX-th century in American history marked by numerous conflicts and clashes with government forces, representatives of the indigenous Indian population.
In one of the largest local wars of this kind was killed tribal leader Tecumseh Shawnee. Dying, the proud son of an Indian nation cursed 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.
Some people believe that the curse acted to the seventh generation. The first victim of the posthumous wishes of the leader became President William Henry Harrison, elected in 1840 - he died of pneumonia a month after the inauguration. It Garrison, being the first governor of Indiana defeated Tecumseh troops in Battle of Tippecanoe, which became fatal for the Indians. Another damned became Abraham Lincoln, who was elected for his first term in 1860, re-elected in 1864, and he was killed in 1865 shot to the head.
The third in the "black list Tecumseh" was destined to become James A. Garfield: elected in 1880, after the inauguration in March 1881 remained in office less than six months, died from complications after being shot in the back, made a psychopath Charles Guiteau.
The fourth turned William McKinley, who became president in 1896 and re-elected in 1900. The cause of death of McKinley, 14 September 1901, the year began to gangrene of the internal organs, which developed after a gunshot wound in the stomach.
Number five - Warren Harding, who took the presidency in 1920, died in 1923, according to some versions, of 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 - th 1940.
Closes the list of the well-known John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who led the United States in 1960 and fallen victim to the bullets of Lee Harvey Oswald November 22, 1963-year.
Elected in 1980, Ronald Reagan broke the law, after surviving an assassination attempt in 1981 and successfully leaving 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 has expired. Whose curse will be the next?
6. "The Curse of the Billy Goat"
In 1945 the owner of the tavern "Billy Goat" Sianis Bill came to a baseball game between the "Chicago Cubs" and "Detroit Tigers", drag with a goat. The specific smell of the animal prevented the audience, so Billy was asked to leave. Indignant Sianis leaving, 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. On one of the games, "Cubs" even came nephew Billy Sam Sianis, of course, taking with him a goat, but it does not give results.
The story of the goat, he took from the baseball club success, seen by many as a joke, but true fans of baseball is not a laughing matter. In April this year in Cook County of Illinois have discovered a headless corpse of a goat tied to a tree near the golf course, and a few days later, the current head of the club "Chicago Cubs" Tom Ricketts parcel arrived, which was partly decomposed goat head.