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Welp, they opened that sarcophagus in Egypt

They done did it, y’all.

You might have heard rumors promising the end of times if officials opened a massive granite sarcophagus that recently was unearthed in Alexandria. Well, the sarcophagus was opened today, because of course it was, and I regret to tell you that nothing too exciting happened.

Despite suspicions that the coffin might contain a deadly curse or the remains of someone quite famous, it appears that all that was inside were three skeletons and some rotting sewage. As the BBC reported:

We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial … Unfortunately the mummies inside were not in the best condition and only the bones remain,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Experts believe the three could have been soldiers in the time of the pharaohs. Pretty cool, if not a bit of a letdown. After all, we were promised something ghastly:

Addressing media fears that disturbing the tomb could trigger an implacable Pharaoh’s curse, Mr. Waziri declared: “We’ve opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness.

“I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus… and here I stand before you … I am fine.”

Thanks for taking one for the team, Waziri.

Still, the day was not without some commotion: The smell of the sewage was so repugnant that the site had to be evacuated, the BBC reported.

tbt: Summer fun in the 1960s! (Keep reading in Enterprise, on newsstands Friday)

From the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram. Take a look back at Upper Valley summer recreation of the 1960s in the latest edition of Enterprise, the Valley News’ quarterly business magazine edited by Amanda. New issue on newsstands starting Friday; website updated before the weekend.

Eugene Revels, 5, right, of New York City, enjoys spending two weeks in July 1964 with Marty Canillas, 4, and his family on Airport Road in West Lebanon, N.H. Revels is amongst the 10,000 children entertained by “Friendly Town” hosts through the efforts of the “New York Herald Tribune’s” Fresh Air Fund, started in 1877. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Video: A Lebanon man’s story of life as an inmate working on the Grafton County Farm

Valley News video by Carly Geraci and yours truly. Read more about the Grafton County Farm in the spring edition of Enterprise, the Valley News’ quarterly business magazine, edited by Amanda.

 

Troy Schwarz, of Lebanon, N.H., shares a moment during a portrait with his favorite dairy cow, Kendra, at the Grafton County Farm in North Haverhill, N.H., on May 14, 2018. After being incarcerated for drug-related charges four months ago, Schwarz started working full-time on the farm which gives inmates a chance to work hard and learn farming skills.(Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.