15. The Desert Bloodwood
“Desert Bloodwood” isn’t just an awesome band name; it’s also the nickname for an Australian tree. How did it get such a mysteriously cool moniker? Simple: it’s all thanks to the red, blood-like sap that oozes from the tree’s bark and which has led some to suggest that the species is cursed. That sticky liquid has proved helpful, though; indigenous Australians have actually used it as a form of antiseptic, for instance.
14. A Bulgarian phone number
Strangely, the Bulgarian cell phone number 0888 888 888 is also said to be cursed. Why? Well, its past three owners – including the CEO of the telecoms firm that first issued the number – have all passed away within a decade of each other. It’s perhaps for the best, then, that 0888 888 888 was taken out of use entirely in 2010.