Friday, October 30, 2009

In search of... King Tut’s willy

The documentary Tutankhamun - Secrets of the Boy King was screened Tuesday night on ABC1 (hardly earth-shatteringly new, having been produced in 2007).

Among the wild assertions aired in the programme...

  • King Tutankhamun was embalmed/mummified with an erect penis.
  • Said penis was stolen by tomb robbers probably during World War II.

King Tut’s ‘hotness’ apparently continues to be hotly debated, with the substance of the debate ... er ... hanging on a photograph taken in 1922 of the mummified remains.

This blog declines to enter into that particular debate.

But the assertion that Tut’s member was literally ‘ripped off’ his mummified corpse in the 1940s by tomb raiders had already been contradicted by an authority who was extensively interviewed and consulted in the very making of the programme.

Dr Zahi Hawass, a foremost authority in Egyptology and Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Discovery News in the year before the programme was released:

“...It has always been there. I found it during the CT scan last year, when the mummy was lifted. It lay loose in the sand around the king’s body.”

First rule of popular documentary making: Never let a hard fact get in the way of a good story about dangly bits.

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Blogger Caz said...

He didn't live long, and then he suffers the indignity of the entire world knowing that his willy broke off.

It's all rather disrespectful, seemingly for novelty and entertainment, rather than historic or medical value.

I imagine in 100 or 200 years, many of today's dead will be dug up and the diseases of which they died and the circumference of their heads marveled and giggled over. Or perhaps no one will care to dig us up, a lack of interest in such ancient relics.

31/10/09 8:09 PM  
Blogger Kathy Farrelly said...

Yep, I knew it! You can't resist a good penis story, Caz.(smirks)

Must be about time for one on your blog, I reckon!

31/10/09 11:06 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Penis chronicles seems to be cyclical Kath.

Months, even years, go by when men - apparently - don't do anything weird or whacky with their peni, then - whammo! - suddenly there are peni getting into & up mischief all over the place.

31/10/09 11:44 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

The brain cavity was emptied through the nasal passages during mummification. Perhaps the royal stiffy is to be explained by Erich Von Daniken: visitors from other worlds (or times) tested nasal delivery technology on the "boy-king"?

You'd make an embalmed boy cuu-uum!

Speaking of young fellas, that Monaco Consul's a good boy. Go you good thing! Three legs alive now in the Cup at juicy fixed price double quotes...

2/11/09 9:50 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Only during this last week a little story came out about surgeons using the Egyptian nasal method for undertaking surgery, to avoid scaring and trauma.

Can't remember what it was for - brain surgery of some type - I assume.

Makes you wonder why it took them so long to take the nasal passage approach.

3/11/09 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

C'mon and start me up...!! A cold start, at that.

Avoid scaring? Reckon I'd be scared if someone started noodling with my second favourite organ through the nasal passages.

Yeah, this story really belongs with Caz's penis chronicles. And yes, it IS disrespectful. Just a grotesque novelty, really, to amuse a modern audience. "Hey, didja see that tv show all about King Rootin Tootin's donga? (My beer's finished, your shout...)"

Father Park, am I right in thinking you're tipping a 3-legged horse? I'll have a bob on him, as well as Alcopop.

3/11/09 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahaha a mummy with a dick - now that's silly.

j

3/11/09 6:59 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Come on Justin, admit it: small broken-off willy made you laugh.

3/11/09 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course - I'm almost human Caz.

j

3/11/09 9:46 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

And you could be, fully.

A good surgeon could rip those extra toes out through a nasal cavity, no scaring. No one would be the wiser. You could pass for one of us.

3/11/09 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Harry Heidelberg said...

I just found the Challita kids on YouTube. I thought you'd want to know. See here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeA61y1BsDQ

28/11/09 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Harry Heidelberg said...

One more thing.....which is quite curious is that if you check Jolanda's blog, you can see that today she has been going back through some correspondence in 2003 and has found more evidence of administrative cover up. I suppose you could say it is a new angle on some old material.

You might want to check it out as I know his group has always had an interest in the Challita Affair.

Sorry if this is a bit off topic but I don't see a place to put Jolanda commentary on here. It might be an idea to set up a new thread on it. Just for old time sake.

Cheers,

H.

28/11/09 6:46 AM  
Blogger Caz said...

What are you doing up so early on a Saturday Harry?

Not off topic, the post is about a willy. Where else would a Jolanda update belong.

I'm sure you posted that vid a long time ago, or maybe Jolanda did. It's like walking for an age in thick smog, one forgets everything about Jolanda and her now adult kiddies.

28/11/09 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Harry Heidelberg said...

I'm always up early! Not sure what times are posted here but I am on CET in Switzerland and am generally awake from 6.00 am seven days a week!

29/11/09 8:17 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Oh.

You're one of those.

A morning person.

I've always believed that weekend mornings were sacred, fully intended for use in breaking one's weekday routines, whatever they might be.

29/11/09 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Harry Heidelberg said...

Yes I am a morning person. Unless I have been out late or drinking heaps, I wake up full of energy. I love the mornings!! Then again the weekend is still a break from routine. I had quite a busy day yesterday (Saturday) but today (Sunday) to this point I have moved from the bed to the couch..... so there is little energy being expended. Feels like a lazy Sunday since it's already quarter to noon and plans are hazy at best!

29/11/09 9:42 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

One of my reasons for wanting an eight day week, or a four day working week, is so that one day a week can be devoted, if one so wishes, to nothing more energetic or purposeful moving between bed and couch and contemplating time, or nothing, or such.

*Sigh*

Why don't I get to make the rules of life, hey?

30/11/09 7:41 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

It might be an idea to set up a new thread on it. Just for old time sake.

You will Harry, you will.

10/12/09 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Harry Heidelberg said...

Did the thought occur to you that my thoughts were tongue in cheek!

Jolanda was interesting for the better part of a decade but even superstars eventually fade.

It's just some whimsy of blogging days of the early part of this century. Soon we're in 2010!

12/12/09 7:00 AM  
Blogger Caz said...

Come on Harry, you're smarter than that, much smarter than Jolanda and her band of whiny brats.

Interesting for the best part of a decade?!

A clearly obsessive parent, whose obsessions are the subject of some sympathy and empathy for, oh, around three months, before the one note song and the egocentric, needy, attention seeking wear out their welcome, and those once supportive figure out that they've been suckered.

That's not interesting, that's mundane.

12/12/09 1:30 PM  
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28/1/10 9:52 AM  
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21/2/10 8:16 AM  
Blogger Caz said...

Haven't looked at the pictures Jacob, but sheesh, I had no idea you had a whole gaggle of frisky and unfaithful women hanging out here!

21/2/10 11:40 AM  
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22/2/10 4:50 AM  
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23/2/10 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

Well, Anonymous, as I suggested to other anonymous trolls who've sought to anonymously advance nasty vendettas on this blog: Go start your own blog. It ain't rocket science, but you yourself might have an uphill struggle judging by your difficulties with the most basic of HTML elements. I've deleted your posts as I don't wish this blog to become a vehicle for your nasty little attacks upon your obviously free-spirited ex-girlfriend, who must be quite relieved to be well rid of you.

Hi Caz, I guess I can only dream of being such a desirable man-of-the-world-type as the above sensitive sweetheart of a guy.

23/2/10 8:31 PM  
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