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#1    questionmark

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:24 PM

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LUXOR, Egypt, June 17 (UPI) --As a series of terrible epidemics -- now known as the Plague of Cyprian -- wiped out hordes of ancient Egyptians, some writers of the time thought the world was coming to an end.

Archaeologists have recently unearthed new artifacts and human remains from that horrific period of history. Digging in the artifact-rich Funerary Complex of Harwa and Akhimenru in ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, today the modern city Luxor, a team of Italian researchers found bodies caked in a thick layer of lime. In ancient times, lime was a commonly used as a disinfectant.

Discovered by researchers with the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor (MAIL), the bodies were located in three ancient kilns where the lime was produced and then used the cover plague victims as they were incinerated.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:26 PM

The lime helps to cover the stench.....some ppl here use lime when burying a dog, etc so the coyotes don't dig for them.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:40 PM

View Postscorpiosonic, on 18 June 2014 - 06:26 PM, said:

The lime helps to cover the stench.....some ppl here use lime when burying a dog, etc so the coyotes don't dig for them.

Some people here add it to their vodka!


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:28 PM

Our navy used to use it to treat Scurvy .... hence the reason why the British get called 'limeys' as the US Navy found it hilarious lol

Ironically once we started adding some Lime to the daily ration of Rum we ended up being some of the healthiest sailors at sea due to the ascorbic acid 1 - 0 to the Limeys lol :tsu:

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 04:39 PM

View PostSilent Trinity, on 19 June 2014 - 04:28 PM, said:

Our navy used to use it to treat Scurvy .... hence the reason why the British get called 'limeys' as the US Navy found it hilarious lol

Ironically once we started adding some Lime to the daily ration of Rum we ended up being some of the healthiest sailors at sea due to the ascorbic acid 1 - 0 to the Limeys lol :tsu:
Lime is poisonous.

It was the citrus fruit that started the term Limey.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 05:05 PM

B-limey!  what a fascinating discovery.  Even our ancestors of old thought the world would end.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 05:14 PM

End of the world plague and all the comments have been about the lime used in the burial?

Come on people work with me here.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:54 PM

Ok, enough of this nonsense.

Quick Lime: Calcium oxide, used for rapid decomposition of bodies (among other things), caustic and highly reactive, high pH.

Lime: Citrus aurantifolia, Tropical Citrus tree species producing oblong to round sour green fruits, ripening to yellow. High in vitamin C and acidic, low pH. Used in drinks and cooking.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 09:21 PM

Regular limes must be slowlime.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 10:39 PM

View PostHarte, on 19 June 2014 - 04:39 PM, said:

Lime is poisonous.

It was the citrus fruit that started the term Limey.

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I know was being facetious, playing with the word, I am well aware of the difference lol, was kind of continuing the theme from the previous post where they had said about adding it to Vodka, perhaps I should have quoted that for clarity :)

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:33 PM

View PostHarte, on 19 June 2014 - 09:21 PM, said:

Regular limes must be slowlime.

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Not on an incline. :w00t:


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:17 AM

Do we know the cause of the plague, was it bubonic or was it something else like influinza?


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 04:29 AM

Wow that is crazy, I would like to know more about this.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 11:37 AM

View Postactower, on 20 June 2014 - 01:17 AM, said:

Do we know the cause of the plague, was it bubonic or was it something else like influinza?

Locusts, I heard.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 12:11 PM

Angel of Death.

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