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Entry from May 30, 2020
“The USA is having so many disasters you’d think it was built on ancient Indian burial grounds”

A popular trope in movies and television is that something (such as a house or a town) is cursed because it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground. This became a viral joke about America.

“I can’t help but think America’s problems may stem from the country being built on an ancient Indian burial ground...” was posted on Twitter by Flurypd on May 31, 2011. “Is America cursed because it’s built on an ancient Indian burial ground? Watch the latest In The Know: http://onion.com/iVJcGG” was posted on Twitter by The Onion on June 1, 2011.

“RT @shutupmikeginn: The USA is having so many disasters&tragedies you’d think it was built on thousands of ancient Indian burial grounds” was posted on Twitter by Vegan Thee Scallion on August 25, 2014. (The original tweet does not appear to be available.)

“America sure is having some bad luck. It’s almost like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground” was posted on Twitter by Bea_ker on December 9, 2016. The joke was posted on Reddit—Jokes on December 16, 2016.

The year 2020 in the United States saw the 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak and race protests and riots. “With everything going on, you’d think America is cursed or something. Like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Oh, wait...” was posted on Twitter by Donnie on May 30, 2020.


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Indian Burial Ground
The USA is having so many disasters and tragedies you’d almost think it was built on thousands of ancient Indian burial grounds.
— @shutupmikeginn
A common explanation for supernatural goings-on in America, most commonly seen in movies coming in two common varieties: A Haunted House is built on an ancient Indian burial ground. The disturbed spirits of the ancients of the land then enact their bloody vengeance against those who wake them by turning off the lights, making hooting noises, creating flies and maybe, if they feel up to it despite being dead, killing people. Sometimes this isn’t known or revealed until the end, sometimes it’s known only to the greedy land developer who just doesn’t care as long as he gets it cheap, or to people who don’t believe in such nonsense but will by the end of the movie.

Twitter
Flurypd
@FluryPD
I can’t help but think America’s problems may stem from the country being built on an ancient Indian burial ground…
4:39 PM · May 31, 2011·Echofon

Twitter
The Onion
@TheOnion
Is America cursed because it’s built on an ancient Indian burial ground? Watch the latest In The Know: http://onion.com/iVJcGG
3:30 PM · Jun 1, 2011·Hootsuite

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zach reinert
@zachreinert0
Maybe America is cursed because the entire country is built on an ancient Indian burial ground.
9:26 PM · Apr 18, 2012·Favstar.FM

Twitter
Mat Johnson
@mat_johnson
All of America’s problems make sense when you realize the entire country was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.
10:43 PM · Oct 27, 2012·Twittelator

Twitter
Vegan Thee Scallion
@HollyGoNightly1
Replying to @shutupmikeginn
RT @shutupmikeginn: The USA is having so many disasters&tragedies you’d think it was built on thousands of ancient Indian burial grounds.
2:55 PM · Aug 25, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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ghost girl
@deadgirlfriend
The USA is having so many disasters and tragedies you’d almost think it was built on thousands of ancient Indian burial grounds.
1:49 AM · Aug 28, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
mickey kuchipatchi
@mickzsz
“there’s so many bad things happening in America it’s almost as if it was built on an ancient native american burial ground”
7:01 PM · Aug 31, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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Adhithya Balaji
@theindiankid
With all these disasters going around in the us, it’s almost like it was built on an Indian burial ground
1:21 AM · Oct 6, 2014·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Helen
@lena5watson
The US is so superstitious, almost like it was built on an Indian burial ground
1:48 AM · Oct 25, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/[deleted] October 30, 2014
With all the horrors and tragedies in the US it’s almost like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

Twitter
Bea_ker
@bea_ker
America sure is having some bad luck. It’s almost like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.
8:37 PM · Dec 9, 2016·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/SlipperyQuark December 16, 2016
America sure is having some bad luck
It’s almost like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

Facebook
Sarcasm Society
February 14, 2017 ·
America sure is having some bad luck. It’s almost like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/terabaap420 July 25, 2017
America is sure having some bad luck lately
It’s almost like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Doctor__Hammer May 17, 2018
America is sure having some bad luck these days.
It’s almost like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground or something.

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/BlueWoof March 22, 2020
America is sure having some bad luck lately - it’s almost like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

Twitter
Donnie
@DonnieHinkle
With everything going on, you’d think America is cursed or something. Like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Oh, wait…
8:56 PM · May 30, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Natalia
@NataliaEdrenna
With everything going on, you’d think America was cursed or something. Like it was built on an ancient indian burial ground. Oh, wait…
6:24 PM · May 31, 2020·Twitter for Android

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@FunBobby1191
A friends post: With everything going on, you’d think America was cursed or something...like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground...Oh wait… #protests2020 #COVID19Pandemic
11:55 PM · May 31, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Crazy World
June 1, 2020
With everything going on, you’d think America is cursed or something. Like it was built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Oh, wait…

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