Thursday, September 22, 2016

Famous Curses

Gillette, the maker of shaving products may be cursed ... at least when it comes to its athletic promoters.

Gillette's most recent ambassadors, Thierry Henry, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer careers may have been cut short by the razor's curse. In addition, the former face of Gillette, David Beckham, seemingly suffered the effects of the curse for several years after the company ended its agreement with him.
Da Billy Goat Curse. In 1945, William "Billy Goat" Sianis brought his pet goat, Murphy, to Wrigley Field to see the fourth game of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Sianis had purchased two box seats for him and his pet goat, and prior to the game he paraded the animal–wearing a sign proclaiming “We Got Detroit’s Goat”–around the field.

Sianis and his goat were later ejected from the stadium after complaints because of the goat’s objectionable odour.
Sianis reportedly put a curse on the team that day. Ever since, the Cubs have had legendarily bad luck.

The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 -- no other team in the history of the game has gone as long without a championship.
Rasputin and the Romanovs. Rasputin was a self-proclaimed magician and cult leader. Eventually Rasputin's power went to his head and the Romanovs allegedly decided to have him killed. But he proved to be exceptionally resilient.

Reportedly it took poison, a fall down a staircase, repeated gunshots and drowning before Rasputin was finally dead. It's said that he mumbled a curse as he died, assuring Russia's ruling monarchs that they would all be dead themselves within a year. The Romanov family was murdered in a mass execution less than a year later.
Tecumseh's Curse. Tecumseh's Curse is a widely spread explanation for why, from 1840 to 1960, every U.S. president elected (or re-elected) every 20th year has died in office.

Rumour has it that Native American leader Tecumseh administered the curse when William Henry Harrison's troops defeated his forces at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
Curse of the Kennedys. The Kennedy curse is a term sometimes used to describe a series of tragic events involving members of the high profile, powerful and iconic Kennedy family.