The stat in question is the ongoing fact that Heart of Midlothian have not won a Scottish Cup tie since defeating their Edinburgh rivals Hibs 5-1 in the final of 2012.
In case you needed reminding, here's the footage of that day when your humble correspondent may have over-indulged on the Cava following the final whistle:
However, on the Jambos went to win the cup and it seems as if a wee deal may have been done with a higher power (he said tongue in cheek before the usual suspects take me seriously) to secure that prize.
You can win the cup....
You can also humiliate your bitterest derby rivals in the process...
You may also rely upon Celtic leaving their shooting boots at home in the semi-final....
But Hell will freeze over before you win another Scottish Cup tie again.
And it seems the Lord Beelzebub has been true to his word... for the last three seasons, Hearts have bowed out of the competition at the very first hurdle.
It seemed somewhat ironic that in 2012/13, Hearts would draw Hibs out of the hat and more so given the latter would end the former's reign as cup holders with a late goal for a 1-0 win at Easter Road.
The next two seasons saw Hearts be paired up with Celtic and respective 7-0 and 4-0 thumpings being dished out by the Glasgow side.
Satanic works, in all seriousness, were not responsible but Hearts fans upon hearing of another tough tie to kick off this season's Scottish Cup, a home match v Aberdeen tomorrow, must have been wondering if someone in maroon had met the Devil at the crossroads back in 2012.
Given Robbie Neilson's men did not impress in their two league meetings with the Dons this season, it is fair to say there is some concern from Jambos going into this one.
Certainly a strong tactical plan not only needs to be imposed by Neilson but he can do with his team sticking to it.
Because it has been poor strategy that has tripped Hearts up since winning this competition four years ago.
Then manager John McGlynn was far too negative (something that marked his short spell in the Tynecastle dugout) in the Hibs tie of 2012/13 and paid the price.
Gary Locke did have the excuse of having to play youngsters the following year with the club going into administration.
No one expected anything from that Celtic match but the lack of organisation (how many times were supporters shouting "the ball's behind you" at the Jambos team that evening) was appalling.
And last season? Granted Hearts couldn't legislate for referee Willie Collum deciding he was (yet again) going to be the 'star of the show' but the tactics didn't seem as well-planned as they had been when Hearts gave Celtic a decent showing in their League Cup exit to them earlier a month or so beforehand.
Now Aberdeen, currently second in the league and competing in a league title race against Celtic, lie in wait and Hearts know full well that second gear will not be good enough to accelerate past them.
Those in midfield must step up to the plate. Mongaro Gomis is allowed some leeway given the personal family problems he's had to cope with.
Prince Bauben and Miguel Pallardo however, have performed below par in recent weeks.
Both were outstanding last season - admittedly against second tier opposition but they were.
Given that both have played at this level in the past, they should have taken to life in the top flight like ducks to water.
However, they've been alarmingly inconsistent.
Buaben may have suffered in the past with Neilson's bizarre experiment of trying to convert central midfielders and strikers into wingers, but when played in his proper position, he's not delivered.
Ditto Pallardo. Injury hampered him last summer but that's no longer a free pass now that he's fit.
Danny Swanson was signed to bring competition to the midfield but seems to be competing against himself given the average form shown by him since arriving.
The only one who has shone in the middle of the park this season has been Arnaud Djoum - who arrived with something to prove given his flop of a spell with Polish side Lech Poznan.
He's proved himself alright. But he urgently needs back up from his fellow midfielders in order for the team to gain the full benefits of his efforts.
If Aberdeen are at their best tomorrow, Hearts' middle line needs to front up.
Osman Sow and Juanma have shown themselves to be dangerous in front of goal but like all good strikers, they need the boys behind them to provide a constant supply of service.
If they can't, then blaming some mythical 'cup curse' will not cut it should Hearts once more bow out of the competition at the first attempt.