does not believe in caring and sharing when it comes to corn on the cob. Snickers
pretty much feels the same way. (Sorry, no dubstep remix -- yet.)
posted by maudlin
on Nov 28, 2011 -
Is King Tut's tomb cursed?
On February 16, 1923, Egyptologist Howard Carter, his financier George Herbert
, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, and Herbert's daughter Lady Evelyn Herbert entered the just-discovered tomb
of the Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamen. Newspapers sensationalized the discovery, and told of a curse. Herbert dies in a Cairo hospital at 2 AM on April 5, 1923, only several months later. Supposedly, right at that moment, lights in Cairo go dark, and his dog at his estate back home in England howls and also drops dead.
However, Carter and Lady Evelyn contine living healthy lives, and examination shows that on average, everyone associated with the discovery lived normal-length lives
. Herbert was not in good health even before the discovery, and died of blood poisoning from an infected mosquito bite. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, among others, thought it was fungus
So now, when scientists perform a CT scan of the body
, strange stuff happens: “one researcher's vehicle nearly hit a child. Then a huge storm hit. The CT machine, usually reliable, wouldn't work at first. And when researchers finally began the CT scan, one scientist came down with such a violent coughing attack he had to leave.” Discoveries made
? King Tut was 5'10' an 18-20 years old when he died. He probably died of gangrene from a broken femur, not with a blow to the head as previously thought. His head is cut off, his body is cut in two, and his wrist, shoulder, and elbow joints are disconnected. Oh, and his penis is missing.
posted by bkudria
on Nov 29, 2006 -
Out along old Route 66 in Northern
is Canyon Diablo. Best known for its large meteor crater
canyon and its surroundings contain another fantastic story. It begins in the mid 1870’s with a
Apache raid on the Navajo that ended in the gruesome death
of some 50 Apaches trapped in what is now called “The Apache Death
The story picks up about 10 years later in 1880 when the Atlantic
and Pacific railroad ran out of money at the
canyon’s edge. Unable to progress any further a make shift boom
town grew up over night
. Said to be more dangerous than Tombstone
and Dodge City
combined, the first sheriff appointed at 3pm was dead by 8pm that same night.
The city of Canyon Diablo
lasted 10 grizzly years, ending only when the US Army was dispatched to gain
control over the murder, theft and prostitution that ran rampant. The story
continues in 1920 at the inception of Route 66.
, opens up one of
the first and what would become one of the most elaborate Route 66 trading posts/gas
station/curio shop/ tourist attractions.
Named Two Guns
, it was
complete with Hopi
made buildings, a gas station,
a well-lit “Death Cave
, a “zoo”
of filled with the local fauna. and lots of colorful characters
In a short time, the roadside stop began to take on what many by that time
calling the curse of Canyon Diablo.
Shady business deals, fires,
maimings, and murder abounded. After several attempts thru the 50’s and
60’s to rebuild ,all that is left is a crumbling,
posted by BrodieShadeTree
on Feb 21, 2006 -
The Curse of the Family Palsgraf.
"In the eight decades since the New York Court of Appeals in Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad outlined the two competing theories of proximate cause, a branch of the Palsgraf family has been beset by bad luck, serious injuries and losing lawsuits, just like their matriarch, Helen Palsgraf."
posted by adrober
on Dec 10, 2004 -
A 'cussing canoeist'
was almost robbed of his right to swear in public. Timothy Boomer yelled the f word close to 75 times in front of a 5 and 2 yo after falling out of his canoe on the Rifle River in Michigan. I damn near fell of my chair laughing!
posted by Why
on Apr 1, 2002 -
Bishop of Oxford lifts gypsy curse on football ground.
Reported in today's tabloids, my local football club, Oxford United, has called in the Bishop of Oxford to exorcise a gypsy curse on their new ground. However, as is usual, the truth
is rather more mundane. Unfortunately it appears that the team's losing sequence to the start of the season is more likely down to the team being useless.
Has your favourite sports team ever resorted to such desperate measures?
posted by salmacis
on Nov 7, 2001 -
Those loveable losers, the Cubbies,
are six games up in the standings and have been in first place for most of the season. Are these guys for real? Or will Slamm'n' Sammy and Co. fall to the curse of the goat
once again? They're made a believer out of me, but being a Cubs fan I know their failure in '69 hangs over these guys like an evil shadow.
posted by Bag Man
on Jun 13, 2001 -