I thought it was just tse-tse flies, early cases of west-nile virus, and toxic mold on the walls of the tomb.
But Aeon Magazine pulls out a spooky episode from the Sherlock Holmes Era of science history, and describes how they had such a hard time killing the old ideas of superstition for explaining the unknown in life.
Even if that particular superstition did get its start in British popular fiction, of all places,
-Instead of the actual Egyptian Book Of The Dead.
Interesting & fun stuff for a spooky time of year.
Check out Jo Marchant’s fun analysis on the epidemiology of “cursed” Lord Carnarvon and the King Tut Discovery at the Links:
JUMP BONUS!: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double-Trouble, “Superstition”:
Poster with Boris Karloff in “The Mummy”, by Karl Freund, Carl Laemmle Jr., John L. Balderston, and Universal Studios
• Source: Aeon-The Mummy’s Curse
• via: Neatorama
• More Coverage: Jo Marchant’s Book at Amazon.com | Marie Corelli’s Books at Amazon.com | Trove-Lord Carnarvon’s Death, Superstition Aroused, Pharaoh’s Malign Influence | The Mummy-Jane Webb Loudon | The Egyptian Book Of The Dead | Gizapyramid- Mummies Curse | Myth Or Microbiology?