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Gettysburg: Stop Taking Our Stones, They're Cursed

People keep mailing them back with tales of woe

(Newser) - Robert E. Lee and the men of the Army of Northern Virginia aren't the only people Gettysburg was unlucky for. In a recent Gettysburg National Military Park blog post , park ranger Maria Brady describes how the park sometimes receives packages of stones from people who took them from the... More »

Tablets in Ancient Grave Placed an Odd Curse

Greek curse-writer targeted owners of taverns

(Newser) - Talk about holding a grudge. Five lead tablets buried in the grave of a young Greek woman about 2,400 years ago bear curses against four tavern-keepers in Athens, LiveScience reports. Apparently, burying the tablets was thought to put the curses closer to gods who could fulfill them. "Cast... More »

Deaths of Pianist's Kids Renew Talk of Cliburn Curse

3 of 16 Cliburn winners have died at an early age

(Newser) - Three years after winning the prestigious gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, pianist Vadym Kholodenko suffered the deaths of his two young children, for which his estranged wife has been charged with capital murder . It's just the latest tragedy to befall a Cliburn winner, Scott Cantrell... More »

Dudes Devour 40-Pound Goat to Break Cubs' Curse

Competitive eater and pals hope 'disgusting' meal gets Cubs to playoffs

(Newser) - The Cubs beat the Brewers 4-0 last night , gaining ground toward a wild-card spot in the National League playoffs, and if Chicago wins tonight, they may have a goat to thank. For 69 years, 11 months, and 17 days, the MLB team has labored under "The Billy Goat Curse,... More »

Ancient Curse on Utah Park Is Real, Say Visitors

Leave the petrified wood in the Petrified Forest, they say

(Newser) - Visitors who remove any bit of nature from a state park are breaking the law. But those who remove a chunk of petrified wood from Utah's Escalante Petrified Forest State Park risk something darker: an alleged ancient curse that visitors claim is the real deal. The park manager tells... More »

Goat's Head Sent to Chicago Cubs Owner

'Curse' on team tied to goat legend

(Newser) - Chicago Cubs fans have long feared a curse on the team after a man with a goat was told to leave Wrigley Field during a 1945 championship game. Perhaps it was that story that prompted the delivery of a goat's head to the team's owner, Tom Ricketts, yesterday... More »

Venezuela's Maduro: A Curse on Opposition

Capriles responds that real curse would be continuing Chavez legacy

(Newser) - There's a week left in Venezuela's presidential campaign, and for those voters still sitting on the fence, Hugo Chavez's handpicked heir is offering up a little incentive in the form of a curse on those who would vote against him. "If anyone among the people votes... More »

Obama Now Faces the '2nd-Term Curse'

Ever since George Washington, it's been a tough 4 years

(Newser) - The election is in the bag, but the fight isn't over for President Obama. Now he must fend off the so-called "second-term curse" that has dogged presidents from George Washington to George W, writes Adam Clymer in the New York Times . Washington faced protests over a post-Revolutionary War... More »

Pennsylvania Cops Now Let You Swear All You Want

Cops will no longer issue tickets for naughty words

(Newser) - Say it with me, foul-mouthed Pennsylvanians: Hot damn! It is officially no longer a crime to utter choice four-letter words in the presence of state police. They've agreed to stop citing the public for cursing as part of a settlement yesterday of a federal free-speech lawsuit. That suit stems from... More »

You Can't Say Sh*t at Goldman!

Literally: Firm has banned swearing in emails, texts, chats

(Newser) - This is a whole new kind of Wall Street cleanup: Goldman Sachs has banned naughty words. In the wake of a $500 million fine for fraud , the fabled firm has decided to screen employee emails for a bevy of naughty words and phrases. Although they've yet to set out specific... More »

The Curse of the iPhone 4

Is it Steve Jobs' impatience, or an unlucky number?

(Newser) - Is the IPhone 4 cursed? Before you laugh, consider the evidence: Apple's would-be star has been plagued by setbacks including a suicide, misplaced prototypes and, now, the antenna problems the company will address at a news conference today, notes the Los Angeles Times . These problems, they theorize, may have something... More »

World Cup Refs Learn English Swear Words

They want to be prepared for Wayne Rooney

(Newser) - The referees for Saturday’s US/England World Cup match have specifically brushed up on English profanity in an effort to crack down on foul language. In a move sure to terrify Wayne Rooney, Brazilian referee Carlos Eugenio Simon has had his team memorize 20 curse words. “We can’t... More »

Cheney: Dropping F-Bomb Was 'Best Thing I Ever Did'

Not exactly remorseful over telling Leahy to "fuck yourself"

(Newser) - As potty-mouthed vice presidents go, Dick Cheney is utterly unrepentant about his 2004 slip of the F-bomb in which he told Pat Leahy to go "fuck yourself." Dennis Miller on his radio show yesterday thanked the former veep for "almost kicking Patrick Leahy's ass," reports Think... More »

Family Survives Haiti's Quake, Then Chile's

'Here, the same thing!' says one rattled refugee

(Newser) - The Desarmes family left their native Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining a son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-Prince. Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on... More »

Palin Wants Emanuel Fired for Using the R-Word

Calling Democrats 'retarded' is on par with the N-word

(Newser) - Sarah Palin wielded her Facebook page last night to call for the head of Rahm Emanuel, who reportedly called some liberal groups “fucking retarded” during a closed-door health care strategy meeting in August. Palin likens the chief of staff's comment to using the “N-word,” and urges President... More »

Google's Nexus One Cleans Up Curse Words

Voice-recognition feature uses # symbols on its screen readout

(Newser) - No cursing, please, your Nexus One might be listening: Reuters has discovered a quirk with the Google phone's nifty voice-recognition feature. If you say "bullshit," the readout on the screen will be "bull####." Ditto with other favorite phrases of the potty-mouthed. What gives? Google says it's... More »

After 1st Rant, Boyle Lights Into Cops

(Newser) - Foul-mouthed songbird Susan Boyle not only had a few choice words about a judge on Britain's Got Talent, she also blew up at fans yesterday and lit into a British bobby who subsequently tried to calm her down, reports the Sun. London cops intervened when Boyle screamed at comments by... More »

Supreme Court Backs FCC's Profanity Policy

But justices decline to rule on ban's threat to First Amendment

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled today that the Federal Communications Commission may fine broadcasters for even a single utterance of a curse word, Lyle Denniston writes for SCOTUSblog. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the FCC’s recent switch in policy from discouraging “dirty words” to a stringent... More »

PETA Fumes at KFC Offer of Statue to Cubs

(Newser) - The recent recovery of a statue of KFC’s Col. Sanders from a Japanese river is said to have ended a curse on a baseball team there. Which gave the company a clever idea: offer the effigy to the notably hexed Chicago Cubs, Deadspin reports. PETA strenuously objects. “If... More »

Col. Sanders Gives Hope to Baseball Fans

Recovery of statue from river may lift 'curse' on Japanese team

(Newser) - A statue of KFC founder Colonel Sanders tossed into a river in Osaka, Japan, over 2 decades ago has been recovered, possibly ending the "curse" that's widely believed to be shadowing the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, the Mainichi Daily News reports. Jubilant fans tore the mascot from its... More »

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