Sometimes events occur which make you wonder whether old superstitions hold a grain of truth.
Supermodel Eva Herzigova supposedly predicted disaster when she launched the doomed Italian cruise ship which ran aground Jan. 14 after the traditional Champagne bottle ceremony went awry.
Czech beauty Herzigova launched the ship back in 2006, but the ceremony went wrong after the Champagne bottle, which is traditionally smashed against the hull, failed to break.
According to maritime folklore, an ‘unsmashed’ bottle spells bad luck for the ship.
The Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy after hitting rocks just yards from a dock on the island of Giglio.
Three people have been confirmed dead and more than 70 remain missing as emergency workers continue to hunt for survivors of the disaster, which has left the massive vessel semi-submerged on its side.
This is not the first time that ill-fortune has followed an ‘unsmashed’ bottle.
In December 2007 when a Cunard liner named for Queen Victoria was christened, the bottle also did not break.
A reporter from USA Today noted:
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the controversial wife of England’s Prince Charles, christened the 2,014-passenger ship earlier this month in an elaborate ceremony in Southampton, England that was marred only by the fact the champagne bottle didn’t break — a bad omen in the superstitious seafaring trade.
The first cruises of Cunard’s Queen Victoria were marred by outbreaks of viral illness, an intense “vomiting bug,” that afflicted passengers.
The British press was buzzing with tales of “The Curse of Camilla.”
So far, the Queen Victoria has not suffered a catastrophic accident.