“An ancient Egyptian statue appears to have started moving on its own, much to the amazement of scientists and museum curators,” begins the NBC news story.
The 10-inch statue, kept in a locked glass case in the Manchester Museum, has been captured on video slowly turning counter-clockwise during the day.
Oddly, the statue turns 180 degrees to face backward, then turns no more. This led some observers to wonder if the statue moves to show visitors the inscription on its back, which asks for sacrificial offerings “consisting of bread, beer, oxen and fowl.”
The news item is full of scientific head-scratching and quotes from curators about their favorite theories. Maybe magnetic attraction? Maybe differential friction caused by tourists’ footsteps?
“Ray Bradbury would have loved this…and made it into a great story,” writes John King Tarpinian.