King Tut: Nice tomb, bad driver

It's starting to look a bit like 'great mysteries...solved' week here at Nunc Scio. The jury is still out on whether this is better than last week's 'geekfest 2007'. Nebkheperure Tutankhamun, boy-king, fan of gold furniture and darling of the Egyptology set, has always been a bit of a mystery. Since his fancypants tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, the young pharaoh has been a source of fascination. Who was he? How did he die? And how did he remember the correct spelling of his name? Thanks to modern tech, at least one of these questions has been (mostly) put to rest.

King Tut's untimely demise wasn't murder- it caused by an unfortunate chariot accident. Using CT scans, Egyptian scientists have discovered that Tutankhamun died from a gangrenous broken leg, just the kind of injury you get from flipping your chariot while hunting dangerous and/or delicious animals. He did not die, as was previously thought, from a blow to the head by a political rival. Which is actually pretty surprising since Egyptian royalty tended to off eachother with great zeal, a history of regicide matched only by the Parti Quebecois.

So, add the name of Tutankhamun to the list of famous people killed in automotive accidents. Dean, Pollock, Patton, Princess Grace, and now, King Tut. And since it happened in like 1331 BC, he practically invented it.


Remeber, kids: Tutankhamun says "Always Buckle Up".