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King Tut's beard falls off in weird accident

By T.K. Randall
January 23, 2015 · Comment icon 45 comments

The burial mask of King Tutankhamun was damaged during the incident. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Harry Potts
Part of King Tutankhamun's famous burial mask broke off this week and had to be glued back on.
The 3,300-year-old burial mask of the famous boy king, whose resting place was first discovered back in 1922 by Howard Carter and George Herbert, has been on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo where it has proven a popular tourist attraction for years.

Things took a rather unfortunate turn this week however when the mask's beard was accidentally broken off during routine cleaning, prompting a member of staff to attempt makeshift repairs using a tube of run-of-the-mill epoxy glue.
Things went from bad to worse when the glue ended up drying on the mask's surface and a colleague left scratch marks while attempting to scrape it off using a spatula.

"Unfortunately, he used a very irreversible material - epoxy has a very high property for attaching and is used on metal or stone, but I think it wasn't suitable for an outstanding object like Tutankhamun's golden mask," said one of the conservators.

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The staff members responsible, who had been rushing to get the mask back on display for the benefit of museum visitors, have chosen to remain anonymous due to fear of reprisals.

Source: Live Science | Comments (45)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #36 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 8 years ago
I certainly must be but I honestly can't think of the joke. You had better share it. Don't leave a guy hanging. There was a man who had a golden screwhead peeking out of his navel; it had always been there and he didn't know why, so one day he decided to take it out and see what happened. So he got a screwdriver, and he turned and turned the screw (it was very long). Finally, the golden screw was completely loose, and he triumphantly pulled it out - and his ass fell off. Well, we were all ten years old and it seemed hysterically funny at the time!
Comment icon #37 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
Damned defective Ancient Egyptian glue! Harte Tut, tut, I'm a tellin' your mummy, she's gonna hit you right in the Cheops!
Comment icon #38 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
I would/ve opted for duct tape. If you can't fix it with duct tape, it ain't worth fixing.
Comment icon #39 Posted by kmt_sesh 8 years ago
Well, we were all ten years old and it seemed hysterically funny at the time! I've honestly never heard that one. But I have a five-year-old nephew, so now I have someone to try it out on.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Harte 8 years ago
How about "Kidneys, man, kidneys." Heard that blast from the ancient past? Harte
Comment icon #41 Posted by Gingitsune 8 years ago
My grandfather use to make that navel screw joke all the time when I was a kid. I touhgt it was a joke he made up on his own. To top it all, he only speak French, I'm surprise to hear of it on a English forum of all place. This is surreal.
Comment icon #42 Posted by BiffSplitkins 8 years ago
Sounds like a scene from a Mr. Bean movie.
Comment icon #43 Posted by xxxdemonxxx 8 years ago
Imagine being the guy that broke it. Having to peer around at your helpers in a stunned confusion. I wonder what words was spoken to break the odd silence.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Harte 8 years ago
"You want an aftershave with that?" Harte
Comment icon #45 Posted by lightly 8 years ago
He shouldn'ta undid the golden screw in his navel! (Is anyone else here old enough to remember that joke?) i must be too old to remember that one . . fortunately ;

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