CRACKPOTS are always coming up with new things to get hysterical about, leading to countless conspiracy theories about “cursed” objects.
From a diamond that kills everyone it touches, to a trumpet that “caused World War 2”, here are some of the wackiest artefacts and burial sites that many believe are jinxed.
Though there’s no proof the curses are real, these items compiled by Ancient-Origins certainly boast mysterious stories.
The Mummy that sank the Titanic
The “Unlucky Mummy” was unearthed in the 19th Century and has a string of unusual tales attached to it.
It was supposedly brought back to Britain by a “well-known English lady of status”, but her party was left scarred by the artefact, according to a 1909 recount in Pearson’s Magazine.
“On the return journey of the party, one of the members was shot accidentally in the arm by his servant, through a gun exploding without visible cause. The arm had to be amputated.
“Another died in poverty within a year. A third was shot.
“The owner of the mummy case found, on reaching Cairo, that he had lost a large part of his fortune, and died soon afterwards.”
Some versions of the tale suggest the Mummy was on the Titanic, and may have doomed the ship before it even began its voyage. This is disputed by archaeologists.
Curse of the Hope Diamond
Legend has it that the Hope Diamond – one of the most famous jewels in the world – brings terrible luck to all connected with it.
One version of the story claims the diamond was stolen from a Hindu temple by a priest who was punished with a slow and agonising death for his crime.
Another reports that French merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier nicked it in the 17th Century.
He was struck with a severe fever shortly afterwards, which quickly sent him to his grave. Tavernier’s corpse was later ravaged by wolves.
Some believe the story of the curse was made up to spark interest in the artefact during a high-profile auction.
Jinxed medieval well near Liverpool
Pilgrims apparently used to bathe in St Anne’s Well near Liverpool for its “magical healing powers”.
The well was built to honour Saint Anne, the Virgin Mary’s mother, who supposedly blessed it herself during the late Medieval Period (1066-1485 AD).
It was later cursed by the local priest in the 18th Century after a bitter falling out with the neighbouring landowner.
The landowner, Hugh Darcy, was soon hit by tragedy.
His son died three months after the curse was placed, and he lost almost all of his wealth.
The legend ends with Darcy’s disappearance following a heavy night of drinking. He was found at the foot of St Anne’s Well with his head caved in.
The city cursed by Jesus himself
The city of Chorazin is one of only three that Jesus is said to have cursed in the Bible.
Now in Israel, Chorazin was a city in Galilee where Jesus lived after he left Nazareth.
The site would see several of Jesus’ miracles, but Jesus reported that its inhabitants did not “change their ways”.
He is said to have used his powers to condemn the entire city. It was abandoned by 300 AD.
Curse of the royal tomb
The 15th Century tomb of the Polish King Casimir IV Jagiellon was opened by scientists in 1973.
Inside the tomb, a group of 12 Polish researchers found a wooden coffin that was heavily rotted. It contained what was left of the king’s decayed corpse.
Within a few days, four of the team had died. Months later, and all but two had passed away after suffering severe lung diseases.
Experts later found traces of three deadly fungi inside the tomb that are known to cause serious illness when breathed in.
Trumpet that started World War 2
Some believe that a set of wooden, bronze and silver trumpets found in the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun have the magical ability to summon war.
Unearthed in 1922, the haunting sound of one of the 3,000-year-old instruments was played to Brits over the radio in 1939.
Several months later, World War 2 began, sparking claims the trumpet was responsible.
According to Egyptologist Hala Hassan, the trumpet was played again by a staff member at the Cairo museum in 2011.
Just a week later, the Egyptian revolution of the same year broke out across the city.
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