I've always been fascinated by the lore of the curse on those who disturbed King Tut's tomb. Cobras were said to be the guardians of the tombs, and on the day the tomb was opened, Howard Carter's pet canary was swallowed by a cobra. Coincidence? Perhaps. Within weeks, Lord Carnovan (who financed Carter's exploration) died after being bitten by a mosquito. There are many versions of the demise of various members of those involved in the exploration. Most stories are said to be products of over-zealous journalists of the time. Nonetheless, they make for an interesting story!