De vloek van de jongen met de traan

On September 4, 1985, the British tabloid newspaper The Sun reported that a firefighter from Yorkshire was claiming that undamaged copies of a painting of a crying boy were frequently found amidst the ruins of burned houses. By the end of November, belief in the painting’s curse was widespread enough that The Sun was organising mass bonfires of the paintings, sent in by readers.

Steve Punt, British writer and comedian, investigated the curse of the crying boy. The conclusion reached was that the prints were treated with some varnish containing fire repellant, and that the string holding the painting to the wall would be the first to perish, resulting in the painting landing face down on the floor and thus being protected.

Meer bij The Presurfer.

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    Grappig is dan weer dat toen ik op de link naar The Presurfer klikte, het eerste artikel beschrijft “How toilet paper is made”.

    Qua oppervlak een beetje ruw lijkt me, maar qua inhoud voldoet The Sun prima.

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    Overigens heeft ook iedere tokkie met verstand van kitsch dat schilderij in de huiskamer hangen. Dus alleen al gezien het feit dat die veel voorkomt is het logisch dat die bij branden veel aangetroffen wordt.