Curses: Egyptian Statue In Museum SPINS ON ITS OWN

June 24, 2013

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This is a time-lapse video of an Egyptian statuette of Osiris, the god of death, slowly rotating 180-degrees in its locked display case over the course of several days. Some people are convinced there's a ancient curse involved, but those people are idiots. Clearly this is the work of a new curse.

Over several days, the ten-inch Egyptian statuette gradually rotates to face the rear of the locked glass cabinet in which it is displayed, and has to be turned around again by hand.


Even more mysteriously, it appears to spin only during daylight hours, and does not turn beyond 180 degrees. Some, including Professor Cox, have suggested that vibrations caused by the footsteps of passing visitors makes the statuette turn on its glass shelf.

Mr Price said: 'Brian thinks it's "differential friction" where two surfaces, the stone of the statuette and glass shelf it is on, cause a subtle vibration which is making the statuette turn. But it has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before.

Look at the two screenshots I took above. You know what else I noticed? The words at the bottom of the first frame are gone in the second one. Clearly there are some powerful forces at work here. "I'll handle it." Dammit Ben Stiller, you are not throwing another museum slumber party.

Hit the jump for the time lapse.

Thanks to Matty W and Arrogant Tiger, who would have solved that mystery like Scooby Doo and the gang.

  • Dom

    LOL! I love how everyone is coming up with NO LESS THAN TWO alternate theories about this thing to help them sleep better at night. Sweet dreams bitches!

  • If Professor Brian Cox says it's differential friction I believe him.

  • nightvisiongoggles1 .

    FAKE!!!!

    This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.
    This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down...

    ...Or there might be a very slight curvature on the base of the statue and/or the shelf which is what the vibrations act upon.
    I bet those ancient Egyptian priests had a lot of converts.

  • Midnight

    I miss Daisy

  • nightvisiongoggles1 .

    Don't we all.

  • Tom Ackermann

    I have a toy Yoda on my desktop, it sits on my computer amplifier. It does the same thing if I turn the sound up just a little.

  • JimmyThr

    Everyone knows Osiris is very Shy, so I don't know why everyone is so surprised

  • Drew Rochon

    Lousy shelf.

  • jessica_whelan

    I don't know what you guys think you're talking about; it's definitely a curse because howdoilogic?

  • JX

    I have a knick knack on my shelf (kirk in a sparkly snow globe transporter) that is doing this. It freaked me out. I determined vibration and a slippery surface caused it, mostly because kirk has no mystical aspect about him..

  • Sylvain Gagn√©

    It's just little vibrations, same thing here with my little trophee. After a couple days, it's turned around!

  • Stephen Casto

    This is just from the vibrations of the people walking around it, nothing more. I have a glass shelf at home, with items on it, that need to be put back into place after a month of my family walking by it. Think about the old table top football machine, it's the exact same principle.

  • Dom

    You do see the three other SMALLER statues right fucking next to it? Right?
    According to you're fascinating football machine "principle" they should be trying to tackle shit out of each other.

  • Stephen Casto

    Yes, and like in the football tabletop game the pieces, with different bottoms, moved different. The flat heavy bottomed pieces stayed in place and moved little. The light 4 dimpled pieces moved in circles. The light 3 dimpled bottomed ones move in the direction you put them before you turned the table on...It all depends on the bottom of each item moron.

  • Kate

    Aliens

  • Ryan

    This is not unheard of, as John_Drake pointed out based on heating of the material in some areas of the sculpture, or based on magnetic interference. We all know there can be trace deposits of metal in stone, and if this is thousands of years old it could well be that there is a magnetic field in the area causing the iron/etc to rotate to a designated alignment based on the source of the magnet.
    easy enough to setup the magnet in the right spot to do it slowly over several days, then you just spin to reset and it begins again.
    great tourist attractor to label it as a cursed/possessed item, people are stupid and will buy it hook, line and sinker.

  • polychonopolous

    powell

  • Koru Fox

    TLDR...

  • John_Drake

    Seeing as it happens only during the day, my guess is vibrations from visitors or music OR sunlight affecting the sculpture material is causing it to turn.

  • GigiAUT

    Or maybe some piece of machinery/exhibit they just installed that vibrates at just the right frequency when it's in use during the day. I also thought sunlight might be a cause seeing as it had already started moving before anyone was walking past the exhibit.

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