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    Are there any explanations on death by curse?


    He is numb from his toes down
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    Of course, when a person is cursing at you and they stick you with their knife or shoot you with their gun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hymenophyllum View Post
    Are there any explanations on death by curse?
    There are no explanations required.
    Simply because it's never happened.
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    There have to be some studies on this topic.

    Book I've just read mentioned something like that, but didn't explain much.
    He is numb from his toes down
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    I suppose there could be some sort of "placebo" (OK maybe the wrong word but you know what I mean) effect if the person that was cursed knew about it and believed in the mumbo-jumbo and as such stopped looking after themselves allowing their health to deteriorate, otherwise it is woo. I'm willing to bet body parts1 that in any double blind test (or even if the person cursed didn't know about the curse) there is no effect whatsoever.

    1. A hangover from a friend of mine who whenever he was REALLY confident about something (normally in the pub) would "bet his bollocks" on it, according to my records he should have been a eunuch years ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I suppose there could be some sort of "placebo" (OK maybe the wrong word but you know what I mean) effect if the person that was cursed knew about it and believed in the mumbo-jumbo and as such stopped looking after themselves allowing their health to deteriorate, otherwise it is woo. I'm willing to bet body parts1 that in any double blind test (or even if the person cursed didn't know about the curse) there is no effect whatsoever.

    1. A hangover from a friend of mine who whenever he was REALLY confident about something (normally in the pub) would "bet his bollocks" on it, according to my records he should have been a eunuch years ago

    A like for PhDemon's response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I suppose there could be some sort of "placebo" (OK maybe the wrong word but you know what I mean) effect
    The nocebo effect?



    The Nocebo Effect: Negative Thoughts Can Harm Your Health | Psychology Today
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    Probably...
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    I swear I never killed him on purpose but I just ceased to want him to live. The rest was up to him.
    What was even better is that I was able to recharge my Pickup trucks battery and get it started again.

    Just a minute and let me go check.... .... .. Holy frack the magic worked! It may have helped that I have a battery charger, and that dude Tesla came up with AC energy. Some guys are just so cute! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I suppose there could be some sort of "placebo" (OK maybe the wrong word but you know what I mean) effect if the person that was cursed knew about it and believed in the mumbo-jumbo and as such stopped looking after themselves allowing their health to deteriorate, otherwise it is woo. I'm willing to bet body parts1 that in any double blind test (or even if the person cursed didn't know about the curse) there is no effect whatsoever.
    Many decades years ago I got into1 "esoterica" 2,3.
    As an engineering apprentice I one day encountered a new guy (that year's intake) who firmly believed that sh*t - to the extent of knowing a "genuine, proven" curse. He was so convinced that it was real that he refused even to tell me what it was (it was, he claimed, that effective). After several days of cajoling, (including me telling him that I was a FAR better & more accomplished "warlock") he relented.
    His curse (which he claimed had been used on only two occasions and had actually caused one recipient to crash his motorbike within seconds of utterance - no injuries but an expensive repair bill) turned out to be the first few words of the Lord's Prayer, in Latin and extremely badly pronounced.
    I asked him to "curse" me and stated that it not only wouldn't work but that, since I was so "powerful" it would bounce back onto him. I told him, specifically, how it would affect him: tingling in the left toes, turning to numbness that gradually spread up his leg and death within a fortnight.
    He was so convinced that this "curse" was the genuine thing - and unstoppable - that he agreed.
    I spent the next two/ three days asking after his health every time I saw him (every couple of hours or so), and asking if his toes were tingling or numb, and could he feel it creeping upwards.
    By the end of the first week he was not only limping but actually dragging his foot with a stiff leg.

    He conceded that I was obviously far more "skilled and powerful" than he could ever dream of being and begged me to to "remove the curse".
    "Sure" *wave of hand* "Go have a cuppa, rest for ten minutes and within 20 minutes after that you'll be right as rain".

    Some people are soooo gullible.


    1 Not because I took it at all seriously but because A) so many books I read - especially the fiction - used the terms/ tropes/ etc. B) I was "at that age". Plus the fact that I'd read all the "serious" books available in my local library. 4
    2 I detest the sue of that term, it lends an entirely specious air of respectability to what is essentially complete and utter woo. And it ignores the fact that if you've spent your entire life as, say, a footballer (and devoted your life to that) then rally driving is "esoteric".
    3 How many people do you know who've actually read Nostradamus in the original 16th century French?
    4 Small town (but stunningly picturesque) - only the one library.
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    Certainly. If I curse someone excessively, they may find it reasonable to kill me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post

    Some people are soooo gullible.

    Unless he was winding you up a la Frazier in the Snipe hunt.
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    Duck, do better. I will maybe like you in certain ways but dewar boy, harness your horses up!
    Ready, boy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    Unless he was winding you up a la Frazier in the Snipe hunt.
    Not unless he was also a superb actor: he was sweating with fear.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayflow View Post
    Duck, do better.
    At what?

    I will maybe like you in certain ways
    Ничего нет.

    but dewar boy, harness your horses up!
    Ready, boy?
    Whut?
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