Ancient Egypt - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why, you may be asking yourself, would the American Treasure Tour ever write about Ancient Egypt.  Well, we will tell you.  It's not just because of the wonderful assortment of weird memorabilia we have celebrating the land of the Pharoahs.  Okay, really, that's pretty much the reason.  Citizens of the United States have long been fascinated with the Nile River, and it shows in museum exhibits of mummies, King Tut's gold artifacts, and other wonderful treasures of long ago.

If you're tired of having armed guards around you when you want to check out cool Egyptian stuff, it's time to head over to us!  Not only do we have a ten-foot-tall head behind our Wurlitzer Model 165s, but we have this beauty hidden in plain sight next to our animated store displays!  I would love to tell you all about it, but there are rumors of a curse, you see, and I don't want to risk it....
QUESTION:  What was King Tut's full name?
A)  Tuttincommon
B)  Tutankhamun
C)  Tuttencammin
D)  Tootingwarbler

LINKING THE COUNTRY.  It happened today in 1804.  The Louisiana Territory officially exchanged hands.  In what some considered the greatest moment in the Jefferson presidency and others considered his greatest desecration of the U.S. Constitution, Jefferson almost doubled the size of the young country on this day.  Soon thereafter, a young man named Meriwether Lewis began an adventure with an old friend named William Clark to explore the new territory.  And maybe some land not technically owned by the U.S., too.  Yet.

WHAT I AM.  Happy birthday wishes go out today to Edie Brickell.  Don't remember her?  She was a popular singer-songwriter for a few weeks back in the 1980s.  With her New Bohemians, she released the 1988 song "What I Am," a folksy, upbeat tune that got a lot of airtime on the radio.  She put out a number of other albums after that, but to be honest, her next great fame was when she married Paul Simon.  Don't give up on the music career, Edie.  Keep singing!

QUOTE:  One good thing about music.  When it hits you, you feel no pain. - Bob Marley.

ANSWER:  B)  Tutenkhamen, although there were various other ways to spell his name, including Tutenkhaten.  The discovery of his tomb in 1922 by Englishman Howard Carter made the teenage royal son internationally famous.