Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Colbert on the search for King Tut's missing private part...

I didn't know about this. I just recently visited King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings and saw his mummy (no - not the replica - the actual mummy), but didn't know about any thing potentially missing. I must say that King Tut gets an unfair amount of information. He wasn't an important Pharaoh - and his tomb is actually not that great. He just gets all this attention because, unlike other tombs, treasure was still in his tomb. Yes, his treasure is quite amazing. But the real amazing thing is that this is the treasure of a not-so-great and not-so-long-lived Pharaoh. So we can only imagine what the treasures of someone like Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great) or his father, Seti I (don't get excited - this Seti does not stand for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, rather it is a name derived from the Egyptian god Seth).

I also had a chance to go to the Egyptian museum in Cairo. I was worried that most of the stuff would be at the King Tut exhibit now in New York. Fortunately, there is soooo much stuff from King Tut's tomb, that they can easily run two exhibitions without really sacrificing too much. So, if you get a chance, do go and see the exhibit. But remember to scale this to greater Pharaohs...

But then Stephen Colbert has the more important question: Where is King Tut's phallus? (Irtiqa is trying its best to stay classy here... :) ). Here is the two part series, Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown - The Pursuit of the Pharaoh's Phallus. Enjoy!

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown - The Pursuit of the Pharaoh's Phallus
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and the second part:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown - The Pursuit of the Pharaoh's Phallus Pt. 2
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Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionMarch to Keep Fear Alive

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