According to the CNN, as a boy stepped into an abandoned house in Dayton, Ohio, on the morning of Sunday 15, he was terror-stricken to find a mummified corpse of a man hanging by the neck from a belt.
The current issue of Archeology magazine includes the article "Messenger to the Gods: During a turbulent period in ancient Egypt, common people turned to animal mummies to petition the gods, inspiring the rise of a massive religious industry."
Where does the idea of "desecration" begin and the idea of "important scientific research" end?
If you haven't seen a real mummy (a.k.a. a body whose skeleton and skin have been preserved) since you were on a school trip, this is a good time to get reacquainted. So come with us on a crash course of the world's most "magnificent" corpses.
If he had lived a fuller life (and if the time/space continuum could accommodate such a scenario), would he have only flown coach and insisted on do-it-yourself pyramid-repair projects at Home Depot on the weekends?
What will archaeologists thousands of years from now say about us -- and our values -- when they discover skulls sporting plastic cheek and chin implants? Or rib cages balancing the rubbery remnants of breast implants? Or hip bones resting on pillows of fake buttocks?
When is a person dead? This question has plagued us for thousands of years. Is there a central organ we can examine, and say that when it's nonfunctioning the person as a whole is dead? Or is there a behavior or set of behaviors that indicate with certainty that our bodies have called it quits?
Drive past herds of lamas and alpacas on your way to Colca Canyon and Cruz del Condor, where Andean condors fly so close you can hear their wings flapping.
The world was missing something and I realized it was sexy, forbidden love between a young teen girl and a thousand-year-old decomposing Egyptian mummy prince.