1. King Tutankhamun’s Curse
Historical records state that the stone guarding Tutankhamun’s tomb read “Death Shall Come on Swift Wings to Him Who Disturbs the Peace of the King.” Indeed, after Egyptologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon opened his tomb in 1922, strange deaths occurred to many involved in the project. Carnarvon died just four months later from an infected mosquito bite and his dog in England died mysteriously just a few hours following. Financier George Jay Gould I died of a fever six months after visiting the tomb but it is still important to remember that Carter lived until 1939 and died at the age of 64-years-old.
2. The Curse of Tippecanoe
Legend has it that Native American leader Tecumseh cursed William Henry Harrison after he and his troops won the Battle of Tippecanoe. The rumoured curse is that every 20 years an American President would die while in office. President Harrison died of pneumonia just one month into office, 20 years later Lincoln was assassinated and this “curse” continued until 1980 when Reagan was shot at but survived – supposedly lifting and breaking the curse.
3. The Kennedy Curse
After President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, a series of tragedies have plagued the Kennedy family. His brother Robert was assassinated just five years later, followed by one of his sons dying of a drug overdose while another died in a skiing accident and JFK Jr. dying in a plane crash in 1999.
4. The 27 Club Curse
“The 27 Club” is a curse that has supposedly taken the lives of many talented artists. A surprising amount of music artists have died at the age of 27. This includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, D. Boon, Robert Johnson and Amy Winehouse.
5. Curse of the Iceman
A frozen corpse of an “ice man” known as Oetzi was discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991. Rumours quickly circulated that this Stone Age man was angry for being moved after 53 centuries undisturbed, and that a curse would follow. In fact, 7 scientists involved in the removal and examination of Oetzi have died – four of which have involved accidents.
6. The Curse of Timur
7. The Superman Curse
Many stars of the Superman franchise have come to an unfortunate demise. So much so that the role is rumoured to be cursed, and big name actors are even rumoured to have turned down the role in fear of becoming victims themselves. George Reeves who played Superman back in the 50’s killed himself in 1959, while Christopher Reeve, star of the 1978 film, became paralyzed in 1985 in a horse jumping accident. And then the actor that played baby Superman, Lee Quigley, died at 14 from solvent abuse.
8. Bermuda Triangle Curse
The Bermuda Triangle is in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, and is believed to be cursed due to the high level of ships and aircrafts that have gone missing while crossing it. The first reported incident happened on December 5, 1945, when five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers disappeared while traveling over the Bermuda Triangle – carrying 14 men. Not only were they never found, but the search airplane sent to find them also went missing, as did the 13 men it was carrying. Since then, there have been several other boats, ships and airplanes reported missing in the area.
9. The “My Way” Curse
The song “My Way” made famous by Frank Sinatra is believed to be cursed in The Philippines. This is because six people have been murdered while singing it at Karaoke bars. While some of the murders were premeditated, one was because the victim was apparently singing out of key while another was supposedly hogging the microphone for too long.
10. The Madden Curse
This modern curse claims that every player who graces the front cover of the EMA NFL themed video game “Madden” has gone on to either have their worst NFL season ever or been rocked by a huge personal scandal. So far this “curse” has claimed Michael Vick, Donavan McNabb, Troy Polomalu, and Brett Favre.