Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain all have something in common. Other than the fact that they redefined the music industry (and the eerie coincidence that they were all left-handed guitar players), these three musicians are also at the center of a very interesting conspiracy theory: The Legend of the White Lighter.
A lot of stoners and smokers have heard about the white lighter legend. It all started when conspiracy theorists began to point out a similarity among the deaths of three famous musicians mentioned above. Hendrix, Joplin, and Cobain were all said to be holding a white lighter during the time of their death. In addition to that, they are the biggest names mentioned on the 27 Club, a grim list of celebrities who died at the age of 27.
The Legend of the White Lighter: Myth or Truth?
So how exactly did the legend of the white lighter begin? A lot of pot smokers developed a belief that the device is capable of causing bad luck to its users. Many have claimed that they’ve experienced run-ins with the law, and in some cases, the unlucky owner would wind up dead.
But the history of the lighter is, as expected, nothing out of the ordinary. It is just a commonly used thing that continues to dominate the shelves of convenience stores and supermarkets. Unsuspecting people pick up the lighter every now and then, clearly unaware of the stigma and fear that surrounds it. To this day, the lighter continues to be produced by its original manufacturer, BIC.
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Mythpuffers posted this in-depth look into the dreaded white lighter:
“Although there are several hypotheses as to the origins of the curse of the white lighter, the most notorious is undoubtedly the lighter’s connection to the deaths of three left-handed rock stars in the first years of the 1970s. While the infamous ’27 Club’ is a whole other can of worms, it has been rumored that white lighters are inextricably linked to three of the club’s members—Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.
“As the story goes, the three musicians died of drug overdoses on separate occasions, and according to autopsy reports, white lighters were found on each of the scenes. While it may seem eerie that three prolific, left-handed musicians died with white lighters in their pockets, there is absolutely no way this is possible considering that disposable BIC lighters were introduced in 1973, and Hendrix and Joplin passed away in 1970 followed by Morrison in 1971.”
Apparently, the white lighter legend is what it is: an urban legend stretched beyond its means to cater to the ever-growing fascination mankind has with the paranormal. Lighters come in a variety of colors, and there is no doubt that this unassuming white lighter will do no harm if you pick it up from a shelf.