We are taught at a young age that stealing is not a very nice thing to do. A German man found out the hard way just how wrong it is to steal from a Pharaoh.
It all supposedly began in 1922 with the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and the subsequent death of the excavation's financier Lord Carnarvon. The belief of a curse that strikes down anyone who disturbs the tombs or mummies of ancient Egypt's Pharaohs began to circulate. Apparently, a certain German man never heard about this curse.
While on a visit to Egypt in 2004, the man stole part of a Pharaonic carving and suffered the consequences. On his return to Germany, he suffered paralysis, nausea, unexplained fevers and cancer before dying recently.
His stepson handed in a package containing the carving along with a note to Egypt's embassy in Berlin. The note said the man felt obliged to return the carving to make amends for his late stepfather and enable his soul to rest in peace.
The Egyptian embassy sent the fragment back to Egypt by diplomatic pouch and it has been handed over to the Supreme Council for Antiquities, where a committee of experts are trying to determine its authenticity.
The moral story: don't steal especially from Pharaohs.
Source: Reuters via Yahoo News