Scan of 1,000-year-old statue with mummy hidden inside

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Might it be said, then, that this artifact is a mummy, not a statue?

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This is overstated. They already knew there was a mummy inside before it was scanned. It’s still pretty cool, but it’s not like it was a huge surprise.

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Where, exactly? Which statement? Who claimed it was a surprise?

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© Jason Freeny

I wonder if there is one in my–GAAAH!!!

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So you can take it with you!

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He’s just meditating.

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Pfft that’s not Liuquan. It looks nothing like him. It’s obviously some other guy.

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Boingboing’s description doesn’t out and say it but it gives the impression that this is a new discovery: “A CT scan of a 1,000-year-old statue of Chinese Buddhist master master Liuquan revealed the mummy inside.” (emphasis mine)

Other “sources” are reporting this more hyperbolically, e.g. “Scientists shocked after CT scan of 1,000-year-old Buddha statue reveal mummified remains of meditating monk”

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Oh, so ‘other sources’ plus the parts you imagined… are the responsibility of a third party?

Hope that works out for you.

You get really, really belligerent when anyone says anything that could be remotely interpreted as critical of a BoingBoing post. What’s up with that?

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@pimlottc isn’t making this up. The link I saw from friends sharing on Facebook was titled “CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside” and the first sentence, which FB excerpted, reads “What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more.”

It wasn’t until you clicked through that you could read that the info was known before. “Hidden” and “revealed” suggest something that was suddenly discovered.

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I can’t believe they didn’t lead off with, “You won’t believe…”

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I think the Guinness World Records winner of hide-and-seek is now known.

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Now this. I’d buy one irregardless of how many whuffies David skimmed off the top.

I didn’t!

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