Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Better Late Than Never

Recently eaten: crabcake sandwich
Recent annoyance: the milk in my cereal was spoiled

There just aren't enough curses floating around anymore. Back in the day there was the Sox curse, Babe Ruth's curse, all sorts of weird curses you could throw on someone if they crossed you the wrong way. Curse of the mummy is kind of old school, but I like that they are bringing it back. I know it's not PC, but they really should use more gypsy curses. I've always wondered about those fortune tellers that sit on the sidewalk in Dupont Circle. Maybe they have an entire deck of the Death card just to freak out the tourists. Well, that's what I would do if I was a gypsy.

German returns "cursed" stolen Pharaonic carving
A German has handed in a package containing part of a Pharaonic carving to Egypt's embassy in Berlin, with a note saying his stepfather had suffered a "curse of the Pharaohs" for stealing it, Egypt said on Wednesday.

The note said the man felt obliged to return the carving to make amends for his late stepfather and enable his soul to rest in peace, Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities said.

The stepfather had stolen the piece while on a visit to Egypt in 2004 and on his return to Germany suffered paralysis, nausea, unexplained fevers and cancer before dying recently, the anonymous man said in the note.

The Egyptian embassy in Berlin had sent the fragment back to Egypt by diplomatic pouch and it had been handed over to the Supreme Council for Antiquities, where a committee of experts was trying to ascertain its authenticity, the statement said.

The belief in a curse that strikes down anyone who disturbs the tombs or mummies of ancient Egypt's Pharaohs has been around since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 and the subsequent death of the excavation's financier Lord Carnarvon.

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