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eggshaped
62969.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:25 am Reply with quote

QUESTION: Where would you see the inscription "They
who enter this sacred tomb shall swift be visited by
wings of death."

FORFEIT: In the tomb of Tutankhamun

ANSWER: In a newspaper article.

NOTES:
After Howard Carter and his party discovered the tomb
of Tutankhamun in 1922, the world's media went into an
Egyptology and mummy frenzy. Lord Carnarvon, the
financier of the trip, died on the 5th April, 1923,
seven weeks after the official opening of
Tutankhamun's burial chamber, and the newspapers dug
up the ancient myth of the curse of the pharaohs.

One newspaper printed a curse supposed to have been
written in hieroglyphs at the entrance of the tomb,
the translation being: They who enter this sacred
tomb shall swift be visited by wings of death, and
this curse has since entered the Tutankhamun folklore,
however predictably enough, no inscribed curse even
remotely similar to this has ever been found.

Incidentally a 2002 study showed that there was no
significant association between exposure to the
mummy's curse and survival and thus no evidence to
support the existence of a mummy's curse - hardly
surprising for a curse which was entirely invented by
a journalist.

http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/curse.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A517114
http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/325/7378/1482

 
Flash
63017.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:28 am Reply with quote

I wasn't familiar with the particular quote James cites, although I had heard of the supposed curse. Given that we really want them to talk about The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, does anyone else feel that we ought to frame the question more directly, or would you all have clocked the reference?

 
Gray
63025.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:48 am Reply with quote

I recognised the question from somewhere... Ah yes, it was here. Did this not make it broadcast?

I think it's a good question - the 'tomb' bit sort of leads them onto the only really famous tomb. Still, can't predict how the panel might see it...

 
eggshaped
63034.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:00 am Reply with quote

Oh "curses".

I seem to have caught Garrick's disease.

 
Flash
63037.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:03 am Reply with quote

I don't think it was used.

 
Laughing Feet
215992.  Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:59 pm Reply with quote

Did you know that, instead of a door knocker, there was a small horn at the entrance to the pyramid? Beside it was a sign which read 'toot and come in'

(Sorry - just couldn't resist)

 

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