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Why Do We Believe That Catastrophes Come in Threes?

COMMENTARY
By JOHN ALLEN PAULOS

July 5, 2009

Michael Jackson's untimely death coupled with the deaths of Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett in the same week revived the belief of many that celebrity deaths, plane crashes and all manner of catastrophes come in threes. The persistence of this belief is difficult to explain since the case for it is so easily demolished.

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Do celebrities really die in Threes?

Celebrity Death Rule of Threes: Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon

Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon and Michael Jackson

Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon and Michael Jackson

 

Jun 25th 2009 8:27PM
By Fletch

The world was already sad enough this morning with the death of Farrah Fawcett piled on top of the recent death of Ed McMahon. I had a conversation at lunch about the Celebrity Death Rule of Threes – you know when a famous person dies, they say celebrity deaths always come in threes. I’m not sure if there’s ever been a statistical study, but based on perception, the rule seems real.

 

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