Manchester’s Rotating Egyptian Statue…

statue– – I love the notion of accursed artifacts, articles from antiquity bearing some kind of spell, curse, or enchantment.  Because of this, I think it’s totally cool that an ancient Egyptian statuette in the Manchester Museum in Great Britain is rotating seemingly on its own, and sensibly away from visiting tourists!  This ten-inch high statue, an offering to Osiris the ancient Egyptian God of Death,  dates back to about 1800 BC, and has been in the museum’s collection for about 80 years.

Some, of course, are claiming that supernatural forces are behind the statue’s rotation, while physicist Brian Cox offers the explanation that the movement is a function of differential friction, where the subtle vibrations of passing foot traffic make the statue move; the statuette only moves in the daytime during museum hours.  But before we call out the Hardy boys or arm mummy nemesis Brendan Fraser with a gun, perhaps we should harken to the inscription on the back of the figure, and provision it with the beer, bread, and beef that it’s calling for from one of the many excellent English pubs about…

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5 Comments on “Manchester’s Rotating Egyptian Statue…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I’ve read of a large boulder, sculpted out of black marble or obsidian or something, that has the same kind of strange, seemingly impossible power of rotation. This odd “sphere” is located somewhere in Ohio. Precisely where I would have to re-re-read James Brandon’s “Weird America” to find out.

  2. carycomic Says:

    A-ha! Never mind. I managed to find out a lot sooner. According to http://www.ohiotraveler.com, that sphere is located at a cemetary in Marion, Ohio. Give it a quick gander, when you have the chance!*

    *I mean the website, of course. Not Marion! Unless you plan to physically vacation there, over the summer.

    • carycomic Says:

      Me? I’ll probably never have the funds or the privilege (and, isn’t it sad, how those two are so often intertwined?) to visit Marion, Ohio, myself.

      • carycomic Says:

        P.S.—I think I’ve got it. The reason nobody else is logging on to reply to these most current topics (not even to tell me to shut the heck up!) is because they’re all away on summer vacation!!

        • vulpesffb Says:

          I prefer to think that some kind of sinister alien intelligence, unknown and unknowable, is involved…


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