"He Gave His Life For Tourism"

Thursday, June 16, 2005 | 0 Comments

How old does a grave have to be for it to be considered ethical to rob it?


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Blogger Tayster said...

"He gave his life for Tourism"

That is the funniest thing I have read all day.

I may have to steal that line and use it on the air when I talk about the Tut exhibit.

June 16, 2005 1:27 PM

Blogger evilsciencechick said...

Hey, he could have been grave robbed, his possessions scattered, the gold melted down, and then his mummy ground into a fine powder for use in medicine. that seem to be the fate of most of the pharoahs.

In a way, the ancient Egyptians were right about immortality. The name "king tut" is well known, and will continue to be so as long as that collection is around.

(and yes, I "bwaha!"ed at the "he gave his life" line)

June 16, 2005 2:10 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Tayster- you're into music *understatement*. Can you tell me what song that line is from?

ESC- my other question was "When does it stop being considered grave-robbing and start to be called archeology?"

June 16, 2005 2:33 PM

Blogger Randi said...

I think it depends on what you are buried with....if you are buried with millions in gold and jewelry then the sooner the better....and my address is..........

June 16, 2005 3:12 PM

Blogger evilsciencechick said...

when your relatives are all dead and can't sue.

June 16, 2005 3:41 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Bwahaha, the both of you!

June 16, 2005 3:57 PM

Blogger The Doc said...

Ooooh, can I guess the song? I was just listening to it the other day.

Also, I think it's grave-robbing when Joe Six-Pack does it, and archeology when scientists do it. So, if you need to get at a grave, be sure to hire a scientist.

June 16, 2005 4:00 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Doc- SSB agrees. When I asked him this he said that if you go grave-robbing you have to say "It's in the name of science" to be absolved from charges.

June 16, 2005 4:03 PM

Blogger Tayster said...

You know, I thought I had heard that line before when I read it, but I had no idea where.

Then this post made we want to listen to "King Tut" by Steve Martin and there it was.

I guess I'll have to give credit on the radio to Steve now.

June 16, 2005 4:40 PM

Blogger Maria said...

I'd be pissed if I were King Tut.

June 16, 2005 6:00 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Tayster- You must give credit where credit is due. I also didn't want you to make a fool of yourself on the radio by having someone point that out to you after the fact.

Maria- I hear that Tut has a curse.

June 16, 2005 6:19 PM

Blogger sideshow bob said...

ESC-in a way, they were right about his immortality. But in another, more accurate way, they were wrong.

June 16, 2005 7:43 PM

Blogger OldRoses said...

As someone with an actual degree in Archeology, I can settle this dispute very quickly. It's not grave robbing if it is not someone from your time and culture. Everything else is "Archeology". Honest. I think I read that in a textbook somewhere.

June 16, 2005 9:50 PM

Blogger Tayster said...

I make a fool out of myself on a regular basis on the radio. Nothing can change that.

June 17, 2005 7:47 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Old Roses- That's what I figured.

Tayster- I have found that if I make fun of myself first, it leaves them with nothing and makes me look like a good sport.

June 17, 2005 8:21 AM

Blogger evilsciencechick said...

SSB - well, yeah, but it would have been difficult to explain the concept of "celebrity" to ancient Egyptians. "You'll live forever....kind of...well, your NAME will...and all that stuff buried with you? yeah, museums will love that shit"

June 17, 2005 10:05 AM