The Curse of King Tut, a tale that has intrigued people for decades, allegedly began with a warning inscribed on a tablet found in the Egyptian tomb by archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922. However, they blew off this sign, which may have led to a series of unfortunate events.

What is King Tut's Curse?

According to legend, Lord Carnarvon received a mosquito bite upon entering the tomb and died six weeks later. His dog in England strangely howled and died at that exact moment, and the lights in his hotel in Cairo went out. Many of Howard Carter's friends and associates also faced misfortunes; even his pet canary was killed by a cobra. Carter himself succumbed to lymphoma sixteen years later.

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Topical Press Agency, Getty Images

How Did King Tut's Curse Come To Idaho?

In an unexpected and unknown Idaho twist, 83 years after the tomb's opening, the Museum of Idaho received a mysterious call. Rod Hansen, the Director of Exhibitions, was told a fascinating story. The caller's grandfather, a friend of Lord Carnarvon, was gifted two small statues from King Tut's tomb as a gesture of gratitude. These statues turned out to be "cursed" as well.

The statues remained in the family for generations. Multiple marriages and businesses in this family failed. The heir didn't initially connect the bad luck to the artifacts. However, he willed the statues to his unborn grandson on his deathbed, thinking they might be valuable.

The grandson, a three-time Olympian and businessman, took possession of the statues in 1996 when his life immediately worsened. Accidents, business failures, and other misfortunes haunted him. Attempting to break the curse, he offered the statues to the Museum of Idaho.

The museum received the statues, two figures wrapped carefully and bearing the names Horus The Child and Isis and Horus. Rod Hansen, unsure of their authenticity, sought expert opinions. The verdict: the statues are real and date back to the time of King Tut.

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Museum of Idaho/Canva

As for the curse, there's no concrete proof of its existence. Many of the dramatic stories, like the lights going out in Cairo or Lord Carnarvon's death, have been debunked. So, are these statues indeed cursed? Rod Hansen hasn't experienced any ill fortune since acquiring them. For now, the mystery of the "Curse of the Pharaohs" remains just that – a mystery.

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You won't find these "cursed" statues on display at the Museum of Idaho, as they are kept securely in a vault, ensuring that Idaho remains safe from any supposed ancient curses... for now!

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