Today is the Ides of March – Will You Die?
Today is March 15th, which English teachers and nerds know as the Ides of March.
The Ides of March are famous from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”. A prophet warns Caesar to “beware the Ides of March.” And he turns out to be right…because Caesar gets STABBED TO DEATH on March 15th, 44 B.C.
Since then, the Ides of March have been known as a cursed day that frightens some people…kind of like a once-a-year, more severe Friday the 13th.
Which, if you’re the overly superstitious type, begs the question…WILL YOU DIE TODAY?
The answer is…probably not. But if you’re REALLY superstitious, watch out for falling pianos and gangs of Romans with knives today.
A few really bad things that have happened on the Ides of March in history:
In 1917, Czar Nicholas the Second abdicated the Russian throne, leading to the Bolsheviks taking over. In 1941, a blizzard killed 60 people in North Dakota and Minnesota.
In 2003, SARS was first reported. And In 1971, CBS cancelled the “Ed Sullivan Show”!