I, personally, am not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t see conspiracies behind every door. I never have. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t find some of the conspiracy stories or other stories interesting – and sometimes riveting!
One of the first stories of intrigue I can recall hearing was about Howard Carter, the Egyptologist, who discovered, opened and studied the tomb of King Tutankhamen. You probably know where I’m headed with this, right? “The Curse of the Mummy”. Even the more recent mummy movies refer to the curse if you disturb the rest of the Pharaoh!!! Horrible things will happen – you will die in awful, gruesome ways!!!!
Well, I don’t now about that. In fact, I’m highly skeptical, but it does make for interesting reading.
I couldn’t help but think about this a bit on Saturday. My bride and I traveled to see our firstborn and his family and we went to the Rosicrucian Museum and Park in the San Jose area. Why? Not because I’m thinking of becoming Rosicrucian!!! We went because I love ancient Egyptian history and artifacts and the Rosicrucians have a “thing” about ancient Egypt. I’d not been to that museum probably since I was a kid, so I went while the rest of the family browsed a bookstore.
At the entrance in front of the museum was the subject of today’s photo. When I saw this, I wondered if something like this is what prompted Carter to open the tomb. After all, if you saw something like this outside, wouldn’t you obey this seemingly direct command: “Open”? You know: “Open sesame…” (or however that is spelled)!!!!
I, for one, think it was an ancient Egyptian trick that was being played on Carter. Someone put a sign like this in front of Tut’s tomb and Carter, foolish fellow that he was, fell for it hook, line and sinker! Of course he opened the tomb after seeing this! Who wouldn’t?
Then, of course, the curse was out, everyone died and no one lived happily ever after. What I don’t understand is how Carter could have been fooled so badly!!!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On this day in 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden are found hacked to death in their Fall River, MA, home. Andrew was discovered in a pool of blood on the living room couch, his face nearly split in two. Abby was upstairs, her head smashed to pieces; it was later determined that she was killed first. Suspicion soon fell on one of the Bordens’ two daughters, Lizzie, age 32 and single, who lived with her wealthy father and stepmother and was the only other person besides their maid, Bridget Sullivan, who was home when the bodies were found. Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the double homicide. As a result of the crime’s sensational nature, her trial attracted national attention.
The evidence that the prosecution presented against Borden was circumstantial. It was alleged that she tried to buy poison the day before the murders and that she burned one of her dresses several days afterward. And, although fingerprint testing was becoming commonplace in Europe at the time, the Fall River police were wary of its reliability, and refused to test for prints on the potential murder weapon–a hatchet–found in the Bordens’ basement. The fact that no blood was found on Lizzie coupled with her well-bred Christian persona convinced the all-male jury that she was incapable of the gruesome crime and they quickly acquitted her.
Lizzie, who inherited a substantial sum after her father’s death, moved from the murder site into a different home, where she lived until her death on June 1, 1927. Today, the house where the Borden murders occurred is a bed and breakfast. Despite Lizzie Borden’s acquittal, the cloud of suspicion that hung over her never disappeared. She is immortalized in a famous rhyme:
Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks; When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down