Tuesday, April 12, 2011


1. James Dean and Little Bastard

On September 30, 1955, James Dean was killed when the silver Porsche 550 Spyder he called Little Bastard was hit by a vehicle coming the opposite direction. A year after the beating of Dean's car was involved in two more fatal accidents and injured six other people. After the accident, which left the car was purchased by hot rod designer George Barris, the "King of Customizable". (Barris, who designed the Batmobile, the one who customized the Little Bastard to James Dean.)

While being groomed, Little Bastard fell on the legs of one of the mechanics and crushed them. After that, Barris decided to get rid of the evil car: he sold the car engine and transmission to two doctors who were participating in races, and two tires to another person. 

During a race, the car received the engine went off the road and hit a tree, killing the pilot. The car that received the transmission crashed and overturned several times, leaving the other doctor-pilot seriously injured. The other person who bought the tires from the Little Bastard ended up in hospital after the tires blew up simultaneously causing a serious accident.

Barris then decided to borrow the remains of the car to the California Highway Patrol, which would make a presentation on the importance of traffic safety. On the eve of the event, a fire broke out at the exhibition hall and all the cars were destroyed, except - of course - the Little Bastard, which survived unscathed. When the car was put on display in Sacramento, the display fell and broke his hip on a teenager who was there. The car was placed inside a truck to be taken back to Salinas, California. The driver lost control of the truck on the road, was thrown out of the cab and crushed by the car when he crashed the truck.

In 1960, after being exhibited in Miami, remains of the bloody car disappeared en route to Los Angeles. The Little Bastard was never seen after that.

2. The Curse Of Tutankhamun Tomb

In 1922, English explorer Howard Carter, leading an expedition funded by George Herbert, fifth Earl of Carnarvon, discovered the ancient Egyptian king's tomb and its treasures inside. After opening the tomb, however, strange and unpleasant events happened in the lives of those involved in the expedition.

The story of Lord Carnarvon is the most bizarre. The adventurer apparently died from pneumonia and blood poisoning following complications from a mosquito bite. Witnesses said that at the exact moment Carnarvon died in Cairo, all the city lights mysteriously went out. Some point to the inscription of the tomb, "Death comes on wings to those who enter the tomb of a pharaoh" as proof that King Tut put a curse on anyone who disturbed his final resting place.

Tutankhamun, the youngest pharaoh of ancient Egypt, has died aged 19.

3. The 27 Club

If you're a rock star and has nearly 27 years, maybe you should take a year off to avoid joining "The Club". Robert Johnson, musician Eric Clapton called "the most important bluesy who ever lived, " played guitar so well that some say he must have made a pact with the devil. So when he died at 27, his colleagues said they must have been the time to pay the debt.

Since Johnson, a number of musical geniuses have died at the tender age of 27. Brian Jones, founding member of the Rolling Stones in 1969. The following year, were brought Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. In 1971, it was time for Jim Morrison. Kurt Cobain joined the club in 1994. All of 27 years. Coincidence? Either these musical geniuses were also paying their debts?

4. The Billy Goat Curse

In 1945, William "Billy Goat" Sianis brought his pet goat, Murphy, to Wrigley Stadium to see the fourth game of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers. Sianis and his goat were ejected from the game, Sianis and threw a curse on the team that day. Since then, the Cubs have had a legendary bad luck.

Over the years, Cubs fans have experienced agony in repeated late-season collapses when victory seemed imminent. In 1969, 1984, 1989 and 2003, the Cubs were painfully close to advancing in the World Series, but could not hold the lead. Even those who do not consider themselves Cubs fans blame the curse by the strange and almost comical losses year after year. The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 - no other team in the history of the game went so long without a championship.

5. Rasputin And The Romanovs

Rasputin, the self-proclaimed magician and cult leader, worked his way to the palace of the Romanovs, the ruling family in Russia, near the turn of last century. Except that Rasputin was famous too, success went to his head and he began to give a bonzai. Some of the Romanovs allegedly decided to get rid of him. But Rasputin was exceptionally tough.

Reportedly, he took poison, fell down the stairs and took several rounds before finally dying. It is said that on his deathbed, Rasputin mumbled a curse, ensuring that the monarchs of Russia would all be killed in the course of a year. This actually happens, as the Romanov family was brutally murdered in a mass execution less than a year after the death of Rasputin.

6. The Kennedy Family Curse

OK, maybe if this family had stayed away from politics and airplanes, their fate would be different. Anyway, the number of tragedies in the Kennedy family has led some to believe that there must be a curse on the entire herd. You decide:

* Kathleen and Joseph Jr., brother of JFK, died in plane crashes in 1944 and 1948, respectively.

* Rosemary, another sister of JFK, was hospitalized in a mental hospital for years.

* Even John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president, was assassinated in 1963 at age 46.

* Robert Kennedy, JFK's younger brother, was also assassinated five years later.

* Senator Ted Kennedy, JFK's youngest brother, survived a plane crash in 1964. In 1969, the car he was driving plunged off a bridge, killing his companion, Mary Jo Kopechne. His presidential aspirations were practically buried with his wife.

* In 1984, David, son of Robert Kennedy, died of a drug overdose. Another son, Michael, died in a skiing accident in 1997.

* Two years later, in 1999, John John (son of JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy), his wife and her sister died when the small plane he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

1 comment:

  1. The Curse Of Tutankhamun Tomb is the most.. let's call it frightening. But imho, there is nothing real in the kennedy family curse. I strongly believe that Kennedy's family was killed. I even watched a documentary about this, but can't remember the name right now, damn. Will come back in a couple of days, as I have it noted down on a paper. Thanks for the article!