King Tut Was Embalmed With an Erection

That's right, folks. Tutankamen was buried with his penis at a 90-degree angle in order to fool his people into believing that he was Osiris, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld.

The erection was not enough for Egyptologists to come to that conclusion on their own. Experts from the American University of Cairo also noticed that Tut was covered in black liquid and had his heart removed before mummification, to match Osiris's skin tone and burial by brother Seth.


But to what purpose? The Daily Mail article quotes Professor Salima Ikram as saying that Tut mimicked Osiris at his "most powerfully regenerative moment," which sounds to me like old-fashioned megalomania. Good thing to know that Egyptian pharaohs don't lose their penchant for vanity and self-aggrandizement even in death, though I hope the real Osiris never found out what the kid ruler did.

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