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Engravings on the top of the pyramids

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u/Waffletimewarp Jul 01 '22 Gold

“If you can read this, someone stole the top of our monument.”

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u/Select-Background-69 Jul 01 '22

It was a highly polished hammered gold structure. It would have been a sight to behold

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u/JJIlg Jul 01 '22

There are artist interpretations what it looked like before the outer layer and gold top got removed. Looks even more impressive.

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u/Select-Background-69 Jul 01 '22

Any good links? I learnt most from Assassin's Creed Origins discovery tour

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u/JJIlg Jul 01 '22

This article explains some of the building processes and what it looked like originally compared to today https://www.openculture.com/2019/12/what-the-great-pyramid-of-giza-wouldve-looked-like-when-first-built.html

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u/OptimisticCoco Jul 01 '22

Thanks for sharing!

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u/Venoft Jul 01 '22

The sides too were smooth white limestone, not steps. But they either fell off or got taken to build mosques.

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u/Select-Background-69 Jul 01 '22

Unfortunately even if the white limestone remains, it'll look unimpressive 5000 years later. For example top of Khafre pyramid has it. Looks brown now

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u/-River_Rose- Jul 01 '22

I’ve always wondered why no one has ever put the limestone back on? I know around the world the restore a lot of old structures, so why haven’t they done this to the exterior of the pyramids?

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u/Stetson007 Jul 01 '22

Probably because the jagged step design is more iconic. A lot of people would complain if they changed the appearance.

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u/robertbadbobgadson Jul 01 '22

They could sell all new merch tho. Someone has to teach them about capitalism.

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u/GeckoEcho75 Jul 01 '22

America intensifies

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u/Mon_erdon Jul 01 '22

AFAIK, the evolving condition of a monument is part of the monument, kinda the same reason they don't make the Statue of Liberty back to shiny copper again. If you refurbish the pyramids you tamper with it.

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u/gravitas_shortage Jul 01 '22

Tell that to Viollet-le-Duc! :) The iconic look of Notre-Dame, with the gargoyles and spire, were not original, but his romantic take on it. It was again a debate when deciding how to rebuild after the fire - modernise (glass spire), original as in the Middle-Ages, or previous look/19th century reimagination. The debate as to how a monument should evolve is far from settled, and everyone had a good point, it comes down a lot to personal preference.

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u/pmabz Jul 01 '22

Polishing that statue is a great idea though ...

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u/Mange-Tout Jul 01 '22

Because it would cost about eleven bajillion dollars to do so? Have you checked the price of white polished limestone lately?

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u/copa111 Jul 01 '22

When accounted for exchange rate thats only $200usd....

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u/DifficultStory Jul 01 '22

I volunteer to restore the pyramids to their former glory

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u/JR_Masterson Jul 01 '22

Sure, but the gas price of driving it to the site would cost, lets' see, more money than exists.

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u/gafftapes20 Jul 01 '22

Because the government in Egypt is using all their excess money on building a vanity project in the middle of the desert to get away from all the pesky poor people in Cairo.

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u/-River_Rose- Jul 01 '22

Oh that’s awful

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u/Btjoe Jul 01 '22

Do you want mummies? Because that is how you get mummies!

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u/Adventurous_Can9636 Jul 01 '22

Because the pyramids have a hidden power the government wants to hide. If they re-built them people would start to catch on.

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u/chrismamo1 Jul 01 '22

There were also some Egyptian rules who tried to blow them up because they saw them as a monument to a savage religion. Both Christians and Muslims.

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u/[deleted] Jul 01 '22

Probably in a British aristocrats back garden as a talking piece for a ballroom feast.

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u/stfupcakes Jul 01 '22

Vandalism on the top of the pyramids

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u/comesneeze Jul 01 '22

Unfortunately, you are correct.

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u/SignificantGiraffe5 Jul 01 '22

I was hoping it was ancient Egyptian writing

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u/SupremeCountMeme Jul 01 '22

Could be ancient vandalism

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u/LeafsOrks Jul 01 '22

John loves Judy -1775

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u/OriginallyWhat Jul 01 '22

It's only vandalism for a few years. Then it becomes part of history.

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u/dafornow Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

A few centuries ago in ancient city of Persepolis, some traveler wrote something negative about the ancient kings on one of the walls. So basically he vandalized it

Today that writing is one of the tourist attractions of Persepolis

Edit: Ignore what I said. I don't think it's true. It's just something I read in a literature book. Is any Iranian here who can confirm this?

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u/Refenestrator_37 Jul 01 '22

I thought the Vandals only terrorized the western provinces

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u/i_scream_truck Jul 01 '22

This comment is criminally under-upvoted.

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u/pistolbob Jul 01 '22

Visited teotihuacan recently and there’s similar vandalism on top of the pyramid of the sun, very sad to see

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u/CptnJarJar Jul 01 '22

I know it’s still vandalism but I’ve heard that it has names of soldiers who were with napoleons doomed Egypt campaign as well as soldiers who fought in world war 1 and 2. Don’t know where I heard this but I thought that was actually pretty cool

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u/dezzie9889 Jul 01 '22

So is this like recent vandalism or something from Napoleon era?

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u/Gonkar Jul 01 '22

Everything is recent as far as the pyramids are concerned.

But also, understand that the modern culture of preservation is actually quite young. It dates to roughly the late 1880s or the 1890s, or thereabouts. Heinrich Schliemann was infamously "excavating" using dynamite in the 1870s and 1880s, for example. There was an entirely different concept of what was and was not acceptable; preservation simply wasn't valued.

That's the primary reason that a lot of ancient ruins are ruins. The reason the pyramids don't have their smooth casing stones, the reason the Colosseum is in its current state, etc., is all the same: people used them as quarries. The pyramids were a ready source of already quarried stone and didn't receive protection from the Egyptian government until the 20th century. (The Colosseum, for its part, didn't receive protection from scavenging until the Pope christened it as a site holy to Christian martyrs in the 18th century.)

If you go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, you can see the Temple of Dendur in the museum's Egyptian collection. It's got graffiti carved into it dating back to at least the 17th century, left by Europeans (among others) who wanted to leave a memento. It's unfortunately quite common to see this at ancient monuments all over the world.

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u/ShadowCaster0476 Jul 01 '22

In the life of the pyramids both would be considered recent.

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u/VidE27 Jul 01 '22

Hell even Julius Caesar era is considered recent

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u/fuckusnowman Jul 01 '22

Caesar lived closer in time to the moon landings than to the time the Great pyramid was built.

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u/LandArch_0 Jul 01 '22

I think that's half way, right? I'm not sure we can call that "recent". I would think recent is 2/3 or 3/4 at least

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u/Specialist-Solid-987 Jul 01 '22

Roman soldiers also left graffiti on ruins all over the empire

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u/techretort Jul 01 '22

There's Viking graffiti in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Pretty cool to see its still there.

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u/rkorgn Jul 01 '22 Helpful

There's Viking graffiti in a neolithic tomb on Orkney, where they sheltered from a storm. http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/maeshowe/maeshrunes.htm

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u/Breeze1620 Jul 01 '22

"Thorni fucked. Helgi carved" lmao

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u/Late-Ad-4624 Jul 01 '22

Basically "i was here" lol

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u/nevets85 Jul 01 '22

It's cool just thinking about them huddled in a tomb during a winter storm 800 years ago. So far from their homeland. Imagine being able to travel to the past and seeing them etch runes into the walls.

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u/TheMacMan Jul 01 '22

That’d have to be some crazy deep carvings to be there over 200 years later, at the top where the stone is most exposed to the weather.

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u/nature_drugs Jul 01 '22

You know where this is right? They aren't exactly known for their annual rainfall lol

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u/CupcakeValkyrie Jul 01 '22

Do you have any idea how incredibly abrasive windblown sand is?

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u/yodasmiles Jul 01 '22

Well, I went down the rabbit hole. I don't know which pyramid this is exactly, but it's clearly one of the big ones. Anyway, Giza is approx. 450 ft tall. There's apparently a difference between a sand and a dust storm, and your average sand storm is only 50 ft tall. Though particles can rise thousands of feet, the majority of the sand stays closer to the ground. (Sand storms tend to go further, but dust storms or clouds go higher.)

Ya, the etchings in those rocks were exposed to some abrasion in 200 years, in the case of any left by Napoleon's troops. But maybe not as much as you might imagine.

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u/nature_drugs Jul 01 '22

I do. Arches national park exists. However.... The top of a pyramid is a flat surface a couple hundred feet up. Sand wouldn't really be able to pound on it as well as something on the lower portion of the pyramids. There is probably a fuck ton of carvings on the sides but erosion makes them less visible. But the top remains relatively ok because wind doesn't blow sand straight down from the sky. 200 years is not enough to rid it of deep carvings. Maybe another thousand or so.

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u/frmsea2okc Jul 01 '22

Maybe this is a dumb question but why don’t they have 2 security guards? One in a booth, one just walk the exterior 24/7?

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u/daggius Jul 01 '22

What if one of the guards does graffiti

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u/PerilousPasta Jul 01 '22

Who watches the watchers?

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u/Global_Habitant Jul 01 '22

Not even the worst thing ever seen at the top of the pyramids. Article

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u/sweepyslick Jul 01 '22

There was rubbish inside the pyramids piled high at the entrance. In fact while we were in Egypt I don’t think I ever saw any building or public space that looks like it has ever been cleaned. Quite confronting especially the museum which was filthy everywhere.

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u/SnooDonkeys5917 Jul 01 '22

Cairo is a complete and utter shit hole.

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u/gmegus Jul 01 '22

There is a smell in Cairo. If you stay there long enough it does go away hahah. They have rubbish issues to say the least. Same in Lebanon, Jordan to a lesser extent.

Most other places I travelled to were pretty clean and tidy outside the big city though

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u/justbrowsinginpeace Jul 01 '22

The amount of Graffiti in egypt really shocked me, going back to Roman times!

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u/surefirelongshot Jul 01 '22

Yep , saw tons of it at Angkor wat in Cambodia.

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u/largePenisLover Jul 01 '22

I remember visiting a temple in Egypt and looking at the graffiti throughout the ages.
There was one signed by a de Medici

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u/pompompomponponpom Jul 01 '22

Oh no. I’ve never been. How do people get up there? Tours that end up at the top? Or parachutists?

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u/CaptainHowdy60 Jul 01 '22 Table Slap Timeless Beauty

“This end up”

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u/BadgerSilver Jul 01 '22

DO NOT STACK

iykyk

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u/iDomBMX Jul 01 '22

Safe T Yellow type beat

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u/Paimpress Jul 01 '22

"Height limit for building is 320 blocks"

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u/Midnight28Rider Jul 01 '22

"Here I sit all broken hearted, needed to shit but only farted." Edit:spelling

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u/NyteMyre Jul 01 '22
  • Me: "Oh, i have the perfect joke for this post"
  • Opens comments
  • top voted comment "This end up"

Goddammit

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u/applehead1776 Jul 01 '22

“Not a step”

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u/securitywyrm Jul 01 '22

Some Assembly Required

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u/GraniteMtn Jul 01 '22

"Not a scheme"

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u/Christafaaa Jul 01 '22

“Fragile”

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u/SpaceStethoscope Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

This has to be said like an italian word:

🤌 Fragile 🤌

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u/Beldierk Jul 01 '22

Must be Italian

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u/Christafaaa Jul 01 '22

“Fra-Gil-Lee.”

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u/novacham Jul 01 '22

As a former shipper- don’t threaten me with a good time!

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u/silly_confidence77 Jul 01 '22

"Aliens was here 1500bc git gud noob"

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u/Spare-Ad9983 Jul 01 '22

Another one!

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u/iamjuls Jul 01 '22

Kilroy was here.

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u/diMario Jul 01 '22

"Open at other end".

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u/pennyweed Jul 01 '22

Fuck Anubi

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u/OG-BoomMaster Jul 01 '22

“Watch your step”

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u/JubbaTheHott Jul 01 '22

“Be sure to drink your ovaltine”

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u/dmkicksballs13 Jul 01 '22

A crummy commercial?

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u/HelloWaffles Jul 01 '22

"Son of a bitch!"

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u/Eze6 Jul 01 '22

Why do they call it Ovaltine? The mug is round, the jar is round, they should call it Roundtine.

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u/Jackrabbitnw67 Jul 01 '22

Oh can it Bania

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u/ntmrkd1 Jul 01 '22

Excellent reference

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u/Gurdel Jul 01 '22

Come on Ralphy I have to use the bathroom!

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u/Spider_Jew Jul 01 '22 Wholesome

It lets you know that you've peaked

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u/tarantulasoup Jul 01 '22

"Biggus Dickus Wuz Here"

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u/jaldihaldi Jul 01 '22

He was the gweat fwend in Wome you know.

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u/ZarkinDrife Jul 01 '22

You know he has a wife

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u/Davo_Dinkum Jul 01 '22

Her name is intconinenta buttocks!

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u/jaldihaldi Jul 01 '22

I’ll have you fighting wild wabid animals.

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u/Healthy_Response_391 Jul 01 '22

Is there something funny about the name biggus dickus?

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u/CaptainHowdy60 Jul 01 '22

“For a good time, call Cleopatra”

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u/Malk_McJorma Jul 01 '22

Fun fact: Cleopatra (VII) is closer to us in time than to the building of the Great Pyramid.

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u/nowtayneicangetinto Jul 01 '22

Fun fact 2: Woolly mammoths still walked the Earth after the pyramids were built.

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u/Randalf_the_Black Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

What? The wooly mammoths died out over 10,000 years ago while the pyramids were built around 4500 years ago.

Heck, the first civilization came about some 5300 years ago. Nearly 5000 years after the mammoths all came down with a serious case of dead.

Edit: Apparently sneaky mammoths existed for longer than first theorized.

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u/nowtayneicangetinto Jul 01 '22

here's my source

In short, there was a population of woolly mammoths on a remote island in Siberia that out lived the rest of the population. They were the last to live on the planet.

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u/Randalf_the_Black Jul 01 '22

Thank ye kindly for the knowledge.

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u/nowtayneicangetinto Jul 01 '22

Tis not a problem at all!!

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u/UltimateBronzeNoob Jul 01 '22

So civilized, good job you two!

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u/EraMemory Jul 01 '22

Were they the ones that suffered dwarfism?

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u/world_of_cakes Jul 01 '22

there were small late-surviving populations on outlying islands

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u/Christafaaa Jul 01 '22

“Call me now for your free readin’”

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u/jayradano Jul 01 '22

Miss Cleo baby

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u/ModaMeNow Jul 01 '22

🤣🤣🤣

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u/Fosphor Jul 01 '22

This looks like a close up drone view of the top of the same pyramid.

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/07/drone-view-of-giza/

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u/Fleaslayer Jul 01 '22

I see a "1977" on one of them

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u/[deleted] Jul 01 '22 edited 8d ago

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u/horse-enjoyer Jul 01 '22

the guard looks at his fellow man and asks, "my dear brother, what the fuck does the bc stand for?"

"fuck if i know"

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u/Select-Background-69 Jul 01 '22

This should be the top comment

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u/EastCoastINC Jul 01 '22

I was thinking, please don't land on it, please don't land on it...

Glad to see it. Incredibly interesting!

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u/noobnoobthedestroyer Jul 01 '22

How are people just allowed to fly over this like this? lol. imagine if he just went splat on the side

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u/Moose_is_optional Jul 01 '22

How are people just allowed to fly over this like this?

I'm guessing they aren't

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u/Sir_Fray Jul 01 '22

Yeah they aren't. Up to 3 years in prison for going near the pyramids, or maybe even a ban from Egypt altogether.

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u/FireBeyond Jul 01 '22

Yeah, I’m actually annoyed at this fucking clout seeker thinking it’s more important for him to buzz the pyramids than anything else

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u/haazzed Jul 01 '22

We have been trying to reach you regarding your chariots extended warranty.

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u/Runnr231 Jul 01 '22

20 seconds of the persons feet… 1 blurry second of “engravings”

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u/jealousmonk88 Jul 01 '22

at first i thought he missed but then i think he would've been arrested if he touched it.

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u/Select-Background-69 Jul 01 '22

Quentin Tarantino

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u/BilboMcDoogle Jul 01 '22

Really really slow buildup for less than a second of payoff we can barely see. This post sucks.

Back in the old days of this site the top comment would have been a screenshot of the "engravings" at least. I guess I'll keep scrolling.

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u/chronicblastmaster Jul 01 '22

Knowing humans its probably a bunch of peoples names

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u/CptnJarJar Jul 01 '22

Pretty sure it has carvings of napoleons soldiers names but idk because this isn’t one of the great pyramids

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u/TheMacMan Jul 01 '22

That seems pretty well readable for over 220 years ago in a spot that would see lots of weathering.

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u/Joseph_Bjorn Jul 01 '22

Is a message from the aliens that built them - this planet sucks, peace out!

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u/davewave3283 Jul 01 '22

Dominant species is violent primate. Avoid in the future.

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u/AdvicePerson Jul 01 '22

Jaffa, kree!

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u/DarkendHarv Jul 01 '22

Happy to see another SG fan here!

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u/BossAvery2 Jul 01 '22

Thanks for all the fish.

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u/igetalogiawheni Jul 01 '22

He flew directly through the positive energy that aliens siphon from humanity via the pyramids. He’s probably gonna have good luck

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u/AugustPierrot Jul 01 '22

His phone is making me so anxious holy shit

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u/RedactedV Jul 01 '22

"Testecles was here"

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u/BeaverMissed Jul 01 '22

One could climb the pyramids years ago. The engraving is just a nice way of saying graffiti. “SAM loves LIZZY”

Side note. Apparently a few tourists lost their lives with activity. Mostly on making their way down.

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u/[deleted] Jul 01 '22

Yeah plus it's currently banned and what this dude did is probably illegal

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u/bkthebk Jul 01 '22

That’s some Mario 64 shit straight up

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u/mrgraff Jul 01 '22

Yep, you have access to the eye-hands now.

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u/AskMeIfImAMagician Jul 01 '22

Uhm, actually it's name is eyerok thanks

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u/Deemaunik Jul 01 '22

Is... is that legal?

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u/Old-Item2494 Jul 01 '22

I wouldn't wanna be in Egyptian prison.

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u/Marka2333 Jul 01 '22

Nope, it's illegal to climb the pyramids or be on them in any form without permission

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u/FlowRiderBob Jul 01 '22

He seems to have taken care to not actually come in contact with the pyramid.

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u/Select-Background-69 Jul 01 '22

I hear with enough money, anything can be legal in Egypt

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u/1OptimisticPrime Jul 01 '22

Homie, that IS

INTERESTING AS FUCK!

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u/pistolbob Jul 01 '22

Power plant operating instructions

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u/b33flu Jul 01 '22

It’s just the gas prices at that particular pyramid

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u/pistolbob Jul 01 '22

Imagine changing those signs everyday

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u/Hinayana87 Jul 01 '22

“There are no easter eggs up here. Go away.”

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u/bassicallybob Jul 02 '22

“We’ve been trying to reach you about your vehicles extended warranty”

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u/4Ever2Thee Jul 01 '22

“So you just have to recruit 3 friends, then they recruit 3 of their friends, and yada yada yada, you’ll be rich beyond your wildest dreams”

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u/[deleted] Jul 01 '22

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u/ODGABFE Jul 01 '22

“Cleo wuz ‘ere”

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u/Anxious-Hour-1698 Jul 01 '22

“We’ve been trying to reach you about your extended car warranty”

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u/Nimishdwarakanath Jul 01 '22

Perhaps the names of the people who started the pyramid scheme

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u/WorldlyHorror4868 Jul 01 '22

This dude got arrested and beaten mercilessly moments later when he tried to land far away. Egyptian police NOT playin bruh

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u/bananabread86 Jul 01 '22

"Amazon fulfillment Center coming soon"

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u/NoticeBright467 Jul 01 '22

"the height limit for building is 256 blocks"

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u/SamualUsername Jul 01 '22

The angles on this pyramid do not appear to match those of any of the Great pyramids.

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u/a_lone_traveler Jul 01 '22

Probably has to do with the lens used

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u/Dreddit1080 Jul 01 '22

Fish eye camera lens making it look wired maybe

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u/Dyl_pickle00 Jul 01 '22

No where does it say this was a great pyramid

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u/Fishtank-Brain Jul 01 '22

that part was under the capstone

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u/my_cheese_balls Jul 01 '22

"Made in China"

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u/J_kerwin Jul 01 '22

It says "This side up"

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u/Comedian_Recent Jul 01 '22

It looks unfinished they forgot the top

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u/Eticket9 Jul 01 '22

Amazing how fast it was fixed after the the decepticons, destroyed the top...

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u/wanzie14 Jul 01 '22

“Epstein didn’t kill himself”

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u/Sell_Reddit_To_Elon Jul 01 '22

How do you say “never gonna give you up” in hieroglyphics?

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u/Siddiskongen Jul 01 '22

Just the part numbers so they where able to assemble the pyramid using the ikea instructions

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u/Select-Background-69 Jul 01 '22

Not engravings. Vandalism. Most of it is in the English alphabet

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u/Napalmdeathfromabove Jul 01 '22

Vandalism by millennia of tourists

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u/-_Melow_- Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

I hear that they offer no tactical advantage, whatsoever

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u/newbieRedditorAJ Jul 01 '22

Wait. It's not pointy all the way to the top. I feel betrayed.

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u/ivanavich Jul 01 '22

Whoever made this video is now on the authorities most wanted list I should think.

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u/squash_n_turnip Jul 01 '22

Is this legal?

He passed REALLY close to an international heritage site. If this were allowed and many people did it, it'd only be a matter of time before someone did some damage, right?

I just can't imagine there not being some regulation against this.

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u/DelightfulDishonesty Jul 01 '22

I was expecting an Egyptian anti aircraft gun to rip him apart, they don’t F around with their antiquities.

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u/JCNunny Jul 01 '22

This is pointless

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u/Global-Witness-5459 Jul 01 '22

Made in China ?

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u/goodeyemighty Jul 01 '22

“Post no bills”

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u/FutureMeatCrayon Jul 01 '22

Its grafiti and vandalism unfortunately

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u/Wolfurious1 Jul 01 '22

“Made in China”

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u/Confianca1970 Jul 01 '22

MODERN GRAFFITTI - the original tops would have had the white-ish layer on top of them.

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u/SilentMaster Jul 01 '22

"For a good time call Cleopatra."