As he is thought to have lived as long as ago as 3,300 B.C., Ötzi is the oldest mummy ever discovered in Europe to date. But even millennia after his death, he apparently still has some influence. After all, it’s been said that several people who have come into contact with Ötzi’s corpse have later passed away mysteriously. Among these unlucky individuals are Helmut Simon, one of Ötzi’s discoverers, and Konrad Spindler, the first person to investigate the mummy’s remains. Spooky.
17. The Myrtles Plantation mirror
While ghost sightings in old houses are commonplace, not many residences can boast of having a haunted mirror. But Louisiana’s Myrtles Plantation can, as legend has it that one of the building’s wall hangings contains the ensnared souls of a woman and her children. In fact, several visitors to the St. Francisville-based plantation have even taken pictures of what could be interpreted as spectral faces in the mirror. All we know is, we’re not going to check it out any time soon.
If you ever visit Australia’s Uluru, don’t be tempted to chip off any souvenirs to take with you. After all, you may live to regret it. In 2008, for instance, it was reported that park rangers were constantly receiving parcels containing returned stolen rocks from remorseful individuals. And around 25 percent of the packages also included harrowing tales of awful luck that the people concerned had experienced after their thefts. Surely that’s no coincidence…