In science class we learned about sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, and igneous rocks—but what about rocks carrying an ancient sinister curse? That's the variety that countless Hawaiian tourists have come to 'possess' over the years—and now, in fear of the consequences, they are mailing them back to the islands in droves.
According to The Huffington Post, local post offices have been receiving packages with no return address, containing only rocks and other removed portions of the Hawaiian landscape. Alton Uyetake, the postmaster at the Hilo Post Office, recently opened one envelope coming from Ohio that contained only a bag of sand and shells and a note reading "Please return for the beach."
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These mysterious parcels are believed to be linked to an ancient superstition, referred to by some as "Pele's Curse," which claims that anyone who absconds with one of the island's lava rocks will suffer severe consequences. Pele, the formidable Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, is said to wreak havoc on any person who takes part of the local land with them.