Fruit Flavors of Evil?? Candy of the Devil??I cannot find the origin of the curse. I try, but like any other curse or urban legend, the exact point of origin is always unclear.
Charms hard candy has been part of the field rations going back to World War II with some interruption. They still include them in current MREs and are encountered even today. Thankfully they only appear on one or two meal choices.
Some of my personnel here (in Iraq) heard the curse started sometime during the Gulf War in 1991.
Apparently eating the candy or even keeping the candy in ones possession would lead to the kind of bad luck you do not want in a combat zone.
There's anecdotal tales of people getting hit, and even killed for keeping the candy and eating it.
I always threw mine away. I do not like hard candy at all and never liked Charms in particular. So I guess I steered clear of the "curse" without knowing it.
There's a Marine Corps warrant officer here at Al Asad who said at MCRD "Boot Camp" back in the day that charms were considered bad luck back in 1987.
In a profession where dangerous conditions are the norm, it makes sense on a sociological level. Any group of people exposed to elevated levels of danger on a day to day basis would name an item as "unlucky" to explain bad happenings.
and I thought sailors were the superstitious............
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