The lost city of Atlantis. The Bermuda Triangle.
The asterisk in front of *NSYNC. Some mysteries in life just aren't meant to be solved.
When you follow a band religiously, you begin to just accept certain aspects of the band's existence blindly, kind of like how a lot of the world deals with certain religious figures.
People just accepted the asterisk's existence without really hoping they'd ever get a firm understanding of what it really meant.
That all changed, though, as years of blind devotion led us to being worthy enough to learn the origin story of the asterisk preceding the band's name.
During an interview with Huffington Post, Joey Fatone said the group, early in the band's existence, had a weirdly spiritual encounter with Israeli illusionist and world renowned spoon-bender Uri Geller.
We saw [Geller] in the UK, and this is when we were obviously establishing NSYNC, and [Geller] goes, 'I see something. It has to do with suns or stars or something with astronomy in your career.' And it's funny, a year later when we did the first album, for America, [the name] had a star in it.
Geller, who also spoke with Huffington Post, said his next actions directly led to the members of the group putting the star in front of their name. He said,
Of course I bent spoons for them and they were very impressed. We sat down and I wrote, on a napkin, NSYNC, and I drew a star in the cafe [in Covent Garden]. And I told them, if they place that star on their first CD, they're going to shoot up to [number one].
He said he believed the star on the cover would offer “synchronicities of the universe of success,” giving the band a nice subliminal cosmic shove forward into stardom.
The band was obviously blown away by the illusionist, who said he remembers seeing a mystified Justin Timberlake fold up that napkin and put it into his pocket.
A star was thrown on the group's eponymous album cover, and the album itself, No Strings Attached, ended up at number two on Billboard -- which isn't exactly number one, but like, whatever, close enough.
The asterisk in front of *NSYNC works in mysterious ways.