Wolf Files: Contemporary Curses

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Later studies even showed that the British press, enamored with mummy stories, invented the curse scrawled on Tut's tomb, Randi says. "The headline King Tut's Curse Strikes Again! is just too good to resist."

Now, let's check in on some other celebrated curses:

The Curse of Michael Jackson: The erstwhile "King of Pop" paid $150,000 to levy a curse on Steven Spielberg and 24 other people, according to Vanity Fair. Jackson reportedly hired an African voodoo chief, who sacrificed 42 cows in a special ceremony.

According to the March 11 article last year, Jackson was said to be furious with Spielberg for nixing a deal to star him in Hook, Spielberg's version of Peter Pan.

As part of the ritual, Jackson supposedly underwent a "blood bath." The singer declined to comment on the matter.

The Curse of Neil Bush: Marriage is a curse if it ends in a nasty divorce. Last year, Neil Bush's lawyer accused his estranged wife, Sharon, of pulling out his client's hair to make a voodoo doll.

"It was bizarre," attorney John Spalding told the Houston Chronicle. "She literally pulled his hair and yanked it out of his head. He told me about it."

"She said, 'I put a voodoo curse on you,' " Spalding later elaborated to the New York Daily News.

Sharon Bush admitted she yanked out Neil's hair, but not for a voodoo curse. She said Neil was acting so erratically, and she wanted to test the hair for signs of drug use. The tests were inconclusive, she said.

The At the Movies Curse:

After film critic Roger Ebert lambasted Brown Bunny at last year's Cannes Film Festival as the worst entrant ever, director Vincent Gallo called him a "fat pig" with the "physique of a slave trader" and put a curse on his colon.