If you are yet to encounter it, then the tale of the Manchester Museum Egyptian statue which spins by itself is a great yarn. My friend sent me a link to the Huffington post and thus my amusement began.
In short, the 10 inch high statue keeps turning and facing the back of it's cabinet, to the confusion of the one person who held the one key to open the cabinet. A time lapse camera was set up and has shown the figure gradually rotating 180 degrees to the left. The main suggestion is that the vibrations of visitor's walking by, combined with a difference in the glass and stone surfaces, cause the effect. Or, Neb-Senu's ghost is bored and trying some gentle breakdancing. Watch the video, it's ace!
The best part about this story is the reporting.... oh the fun!
"Don't go running to mummy just yet"
har har, a nice Scooby Doo level pun from Huffington Post
“Curse of the spinning statue!”
I think I've seen that B-Movie, thanks to DNTV
“The turn of the mummy: God of death statue starts SPINNING on its own in Manchester museum... but is this a sign that there really is a curse of the Pharaohs?”
The Daily Mail’s opted for less punnage, and only moderate fear.
“I sphinx I saw it moving.
Ancient god's relic starts to walk like an Egyptian”
“…an offering to the Egyptian God Osiris — regarded as the God of the DEAD.”
"Nile be back ... relic starts to move"
Gods bless The Sun, a pun, a pop culture reference and a nice bit of capitalised scaremongering, then more puns.
As the rear of the statue holds a hieroglyphic prayer asking for ‘‘bread, beer and beef’’, and I’m in Manchester this weekend on a Hen Do, I wonder if I can pop in with a can of beer and a MacDonald’s for it?
Webcomic and occasional blog about the heritage sector.
Follow The Attendant:
All text and images are produced by and copyright of the artist, holder of the domain name of attendantsview.com