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Archaeologists in Egypt uncover 2,000-year-old mummy with gold tongue

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Archaeologists in Egypt uncover 2,000-year-old mummy with gold tongue

A 2,000-year-old, gold-tongued mummy has been uncovered amid a dig in northern Egypt, according to reports.

The mummy was among 16 burials uncovered in poorly preserved rock-cut tombs at the temple of Taposiris Magna, west of Alexandria, and is an example of burial practices during the country’s Greco-Roman period, the Daily News Egypt newspaper reported.

The ancient Egyptians would have given the mummy a gold tongue during a ritual to help him speak to Osiris, the god of the underworld, in the afterlife, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement.

The gold foil amulet was just one of several important finds during the dig.

The team of Dominican and Egyptian archaeologists also found two mummies wrapped in gilded cartonnage, which is plastered layers of papyrus or linen, according to Smithsonian Magazine.

One of the two mummies had a crown decorated with horns and a cobra on its forehead. Its chest had a gilded decoration in the shape of a necklace with a falcon’s head pendant, the symbol of the god Horus. The other mummy was adorned with gilded decorations depicting Osiris.

Lead archaeologist Kathleen Martinez of the University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic called those two mummies among the most important finds of the excavation, the ministry said.

Other significant finds the team has discovered recently include a funeral mask for a woman, eight golden flakes representing the leaves of a golden wreath, and eight masks of marble dating back to the Greek and Roman eras.

“These masks show high craftsmanship in Sculpture and depiction of the features of its owners,” said Khaled Abo El Hamd, director general of The Alexandria Antiquities, according to the ministry.

In the last 10 years, the team has also made other important discoveries at the temple site, such as coins with the image of Cleopatra, who ruled Egypt from 51 to 30 BCE, and the temple’s foundation panels that revealed it was built by King Ptolemy IV, who ruled from 221 to 204 BCE, the Daily News reported. 

The city of Taposiris Magna was founded between 280 and 270 BCE by Ptolemy II. His father, Ptolemy I, was a general to Alexander the Great.

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Deny Jeff Bezos re-entry to Earth after space launch: petition

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Deny Jeff Bezos re-entry to Earth after space launch: petition

Don’t let the rocket hatch hit you where the good lord split you, Jeff Bezos!

That’s the message from the 10,000 — and counting — haters who’ve signed a petition calling for the billionaire Amazon.com founder and former CEO to be denied re-entry to Earth following his upcoming space launch on July 20, according to Change.org.

Bezos, the world’s second richest man with a net worth of approximately $186 billion, “is actually Lex Luthor,” the petition alleges. “He’s actually an evil overlord hellbent on global domination. We’ve known this for years.”

The author of the petition also claims that Bezos, 57, has “worked with the Epsteins and the Knights Templar, as well as the Free Masons to gain control over the whole world.”

“Meanwhile our government stands by and lets it happen,” they conclude. “This may be our last chance before they enable the 5G microchips and perform a mass takeover.”

The move comes as space cases have bid tens of millions of dollars to fly with the wildly successful entrepreneur and his younger brother Mark Bezos, 53, a marketing executive and former firefighter.

The internet has enjoyed a field day of jokes as Bezos prepares for his cosmic tour, which will see the amateur astronaut penetrating the atmosphere in a “giant penis,” according to some jokesters, erected by Bezos’ aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin.

Meanwhile, ex-wife MacKenzie Scott, 51, announced last week that since her divorce from the billionaire, she’s donated nearly $3 billion in alimony to hundreds of charities, including those supporting of racial justice.

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Ducks escape certain death to visit NYC bagel store

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Ducks escape certain death to visit NYC bagel store

This fowl plot to get bread was nearly eggsecuted perfectly.

On Monday, a gang of ducklings and their mama hatched a plan to eat the bill at a Brooklyn bagel store, and were almost successful in their mission thanks to a group of supportive locals. 

“A real-life ‘Make Way For Ducklings’ scene just unfolded in Brooklyn with this mama duck and her babies trying to cross 5th Ave,” Doug Gordon captioned a video he posted to Twitter of the enterprising bird family’s journey from under an NYPD school safety van and directly into oncoming traffic. “Multiple people helped stop traffic to get them safely across the street. But it gets better . . .”

After spotting the endangered crew of bird brains lolling around in the street, locals immediately went into action. 

“A couple of us jumped out to stop traffic so they didn’t get run over, and then they got to the other side. It was adorable, a real Brooklyn-steps-up sort of moment, New Yorkers taking charge,” Gordon told Gothamist. 

Once safely on the sidewalk, the chicks and their mother beelined for Bagel World Park Slope. 

“They were in there a couple minutes, but I didn’t see what happened inside,” Gordon told the publication. “I don’t know whether they decided to come out because they didn’t see anything on the menu they liked, or if they were chased out.”

In Gordon’s video, the fledgling family exits the eatery, lured out by employees tossing breadcrumbs beyond the premises as onlookers label them “so cute.” 

Gordon and another man then trailed the ducks to ensure they made their way across Fourth Street without injury. 

Later, Gordon learned that the ducks had the good fortune of being escorted four more blocks to Prospect Park by other sympathetic humans. 

“Someone said [they had] led them up to Prospect Park, so they got there safely,” Gordon said. “They waddled into the woods, so it’s a happy ending.”

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Endangered corpse flower blooms in Warsaw, drawing crowds

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The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, or the corpse flower, at the rare moment of bloom for just a few hours, and emitting rotten meat odor, at the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens, in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

WARSAW, Poland — The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, a giant foul-smelling blossom also known as the corpse flower, went into a rare, short bloom at a botanical garden in Warsaw, drawing crowds who waited for hours to see it.

The extraordinary flower, which emits a dead-body odor to attract pollinating insects that feed on flesh, bloomed Sunday. It was already withering early Monday. Those wishing to avoid the smell and crowds could watch it on live video from the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens.

 The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, or the corpse flower, at the rare moment of bloom for just a few hours, and emitting rotten meat odor, at the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens, in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, or the corpse flower, at the rare moment of bloom for just a few hours and emitting a rotten meat odor, at the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens, on June 13, 2021.
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Hundreds, if not thousands, lined up long into the night Sunday and Monday morning at the conservatory just to be able to pass by the flower and take a picture.

Know also as the Amorphophallus titanum, the flowering plant has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, which can be up to 10 feet high. Its compound flower is composed of a hollow, tall spadix with small flowers and a spathe, with one big, furrowed petal that is green on the outside and deep burgundy red on the inside. It’s blooming is rare and unpredictable.

The plant only grows in the wild in the rainforests of Sumatra, but it is endangered there due to deforestation. Cultivation at botanical gardens, where they are a great visitor attraction, has helped its preservation. It’s first known blooming outside Sumatra was in 1889 at London’s Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

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