Ancient Egyptian Statue Mysteriously Spins On Its Own

Ancient Egyptian Statue Mysteriously Spins On Its OwnThe museum officials were stumped. A statue is supposed to stand still, not rotate all by itself. But this one at the Manchester Museum seemed to have done just that. Turned around 180 degrees — revealing an inscription on its back asking for beer.

‘Prayer for the deceased’

Statuette no. 9325 doesn’t appear to go by any proper name. It’s a prefabricated figure — an off-the-shelf product — that was placed into a small tomb around 1800 B.C. A private collector in Britain donated it to the museum in 1933. The inscription on the back, requesting a sacrifice of beer, bread and animals, was a standard prayer for the deceased.


‘Only moved during the day’

For decades, the figurine stood perfectly still — until museum workers moved its case a few feet from its original position. In February, curator Campbell Price noticed something curious was afoot. The statue seemed to have slightly turned. When he looked next, it was facing another direction. A day later, another. The turns were subtle. But at the end of each day, you could tell the statue was angled differently.

In April, museum officials installed a time-lapse camera that snapped an image of the statue every minute of every day for a week. When they ran the images in fast motion, they came across a surprising revelation: the statue only moved during the day, when visitors were walking past. It seemed, Price wrote, that vibrations caused by foot traffic in room was the culprit.

Do you find this statue movement mysterious or not? What other factors could have contributed to this occurrence?

Source: Ben Brumfield | CNN

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5 Scariest Food Ingredients

5 Scariest Food IngredientsTruth is, chemicals that are used as weed killer, flame retardant, and sunscreen are startlingly common in your supermarket. But you won’t find “carcinogens,” “paint chemicals,” or “beaver anal gland juice” on the back panel. Break through the science experiment to find out what you’re really eating.

Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame-K)

This is a calorie-free artificial sweetener 200 times sweeter than sugar. It is often used with other artificial sweeteners to mask a bitter aftertaste. It is found in more than 5,000 food products worldwide, including diet soft drinks and no-sugar-added ice cream. Animal studies have linked the chemical to lung and breast tumors and thyroid problems.

Aspartame

This is a near-zero-calorie artificial sweetener made by combining two amino acids with methanol. Most commonly used in diet soda, aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sugar. It is found in more than 6,000 grocery items including diet sodas, yogurts, and the table-top sweeteners NutraSweet and Equal. Many studies have shown aspartame to be completely harmless, while others indicate that the additive might be responsible for a range of cancers.

Titanium Dioxide

This is a component of the metallic element titanium commonly used in paints and sunscreens. The food industry adds it to hundreds of products to make overly processed items appear whiter. It is found in processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing. Titanium is a mined substance that’s sometimes contaminated with toxic lead.


Glyphosphate

This is the active ingredient in the popular week killer Roundup. It’s used on corn and soy crops genetically engineered to withstand a heavy dousing of the chemical. It is found in most nonorganic packaged foods containing corn- and soy-derived ingredients. Because it’s a systemic herbicide, it’s taken up by the plant—meaning you eat it. Glyphosphate exposure is linked to obesity, learning disabilities, and infertility.

Butylated HydroxyAnisole (BHA)

This is a petroleum-derived antioxidant used to preserve fats and oils. It is found in beer, crackers, cereals, butter, and foods with added fats. Studies have shown BHA to cause cancer in the forestomachs of rats, mice, and hamsters.

Did we miss other scary food ingredients? Feel free to comment on this health issue!

 

Source: Bill Phillips and the Editors of Men’s Health, Yahoo Health

Image: Cool Lime Life