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2011-06-09 05:20:00

A Harvard expert in cultural heritage microbiology reports that a "fingerprint" left behind by ancient Egyptian microbes might indicate that King Tut's burial was conducted hastily. The pharaoh's tomb includes elaborately painted walls covered with dark brown spots that mar almost every surface.  However, despite nearly a century of scientific investigation, the precise identity of these spots remains a mystery.  So Harvard microbiologist Ralph Mitchell set out to find an...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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