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Old 24 June 2013, 10:22 PM
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Default God of death statue starts SPINNING on its own in Manchester museum

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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.

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Old 24 June 2013, 11:56 PM
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It would be great if someone could solve the mystery.
Someone DID solve the mystery, you dumb-NFBSK, you just didn't like the answer.
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Old 25 June 2013, 12:09 AM
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Stories like this sometimes stimulate odd reactions caused by my JW childhood. Reactions like "it's demonized, destroy it!" This both annoys and amuses me.
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Old 25 June 2013, 04:40 PM
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I could be misreading this, but according to Manchester Museum, it's not a stature of the 'god of death' but a statue of a man possibly called Nebsenu (perhaps? it says that name was inscribed, the name rings no bells for me), and is an offering to Osiris (who was more than just a 'god of death').

Anyway, yes, they filmed it. It didn't move at night, so it's likely vibrations from feet. It has been moved fairly recently, which would be why it didn't do it before.

Good old Daily Mail.
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Old 25 June 2013, 06:31 PM
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I immediately taught vibrations, too, when I saw it on TV. My guess is that the bottom is not quite flat, and that the statue is not balanced too well.

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Old 25 June 2013, 06:53 PM
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Is 'spinning' really the right term given that it happens so slowly and only makes a half turn?
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Old 26 June 2013, 12:10 AM
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I could be misreading this, but according to Manchester Museum, it's not a stature of the 'god of death' but a statue of a man possibly called Nebsenu (perhaps? it says that name was inscribed, the name rings no bells for me), and is an offering to Osiris (who was more than just a 'god of death').
In this clip I saw on the BBC News website, the statue is claimed to be 'in honour' of the god Osiris.

It's rotating slightly because of the shape of the base of the statue, combined with the location of the statue and the surrounding vibrations caused by visitors walking around or perhaps traffic outside. I can state this quite categorically without seeing it for myself, because if it was due to anything more mystical, then it would happen all the time and this wouldn't be news. Why else wouldn't it happen with any ancient Egyptian figurine, in any place, at any time of day?
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Why else wouldn't it happen with any ancient Egyptian figurine, in any place, at any time of day?
Because that's a special MYSTICAL statue of the GOD of DEATH reacting to the LIFE FORCES of people passing by!!11!!. Who knows what its SECRETS are?111!!1

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Old 26 June 2013, 04:16 AM
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Bah, it's simple enough. The old guy is tired of watching tourists the whole day, so he turns his back on them.
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Hmm.. I wonder if it's possible to replicate this at home. It would be so cool to freak my wife out
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Mystery of moving Egyptian statue is solved

No surprises there, then.
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