Curses: Are they real? Just bad luck? Or can you call it coincidence? In this post we cover three infamous curses that are weird enough to make you think.
The Chicago Cubs’ Billy Goat Curse
The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908. But it was in 1945, that the infamous billy goat curse was bestowed upon the Major League Baseball team.
As the story goes, Chicago tavern owner named Bill “Billy Goat” Sianis wanted to bring his pet goat to Wrigley Field to help cheer on the Cubs. But he was stopped by the ushers and told his goat stinks. They wouldn’t let him or his goat in to watch the game.
So Sianis threw up his arms and declared, “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more!”
The Cubs lost the game that day. Since then they haven’t been able to shake the curse from their name. Pranksters have left dead goats at the stadium, they’ve been given the nickname, the “Lovable Losers,” and a popular Chicago t-shirt makes a mockery of the team’s years without a World Series appearance.
So far though, the future is looking hopeful for the Cubs.
They’ve recently won World Series Game 5, keeping the dream alive of a World Series win. But will the billy goat curse hold their fate? Or is it all a bunch of baa-loney?
Update: The Cubs have won the World Series. The curse is broken!
“The Curse of Atuk”
In Hollywood, it’s normal for a screenplay to sit on the shelf for years before it’s made into a movie.
But then there’s the screenplay for an adaptation of the 1963 novel, The Incomparable Atuk – “a fish-out-of-water satire about an Inuit trying to ‘make it’ in New York City.” This is one screenplay that may never see the bright lights of Hollywood because of the curse associated with it.
There have been several attempts to make the film, but every time an actor was “interested, linked or promised to play the title character, Atuk,” they would tragically pass away. The sudden deaths of John Belushi, Sam Kinison, John Candy and Chris Farley are believed by some to be the result of this supposed curse.
Each of these comic actors were associated with the screenplay in some way. But one after another, tragedy, whether from drug overdose, heart attack or car accident, would cancel further movement with the production.
Since the pattern of eerie actor deaths, no actor in Hollywood wants to touch the screenplay. And so, to this day the screenplay sits.
The 27 Club
List the names of famous musicians who’ve died at the age of 27 and a chill might go up your spine.
Brian Jones. Jimi Hendrix. Janis Joplin. Jim Morrison. Kurt Cobain. Amy Winehouse. All talented and all dead at 27 years old. Some say it’s because they were so talented, they must have traded their soul with the devil. Others say it was the consequence of frame, addiction, pressure or depression at such a young age that lead them to an early grave.
According to Charles R. Cross, the author of a Kurt Cobain biography, “What makes the 27 Club so infamous is that in the ‘60s, three of the top-10 selling stars of that era died at that particular age.”
Are these bizarre happenings the result of a curse, coincidence or bad luck? The answer we may never know. But the stories are weird enough to turn our heads and wonder…