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Mysterious Spinning Statue in Manchester

This post was written by Amy
on June 24, 2013 | Comments (3)

An ancient Egyptian statuette that is currently on display at the Manchester Museum in the UK is attracting attention for doing something that most statues don’t do: move. After a staff member at the museum noticed the statue had moved, they reviewed the CCTV video of the exhibit. This time-lapse video shows the movement of the statuette (at the far right inside the display case).

The statuette has been at the museum for 80 years and this is the first it has moved. A physics professor stated that vibrations from people walking past the case would cause the statuette to move. But after watching the video, how could vibrations move the statuette in a complete and perfect circle?

Could it be a curse? And why, after 80 years, would this statuette start moving? Is it bored? Looking to attract some attention? I don’t know about you, but ever since I first saw a Weeping Angel on Doctor Who, statues freak me out. I have always been a bit creeped out about statues, being that I expect them to move, but after watching Blink, I can’t blink or turn my back on statues. It takes a lot to freak me out. I read so many creepy stories here at work, I was bored while watching the Paranormal Activity movies, but the Weeping Angels never fail to FREAK. ME. OUT.

What do you think is the explanation of this spinning statue?

 

Reader Comments

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#1 
Written By Morgan Eckstein
on June 24th, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

It only seems to move during the day, so I am going to be a happy little cynic and say that it is the vibrations from the foot traffic that is moving the statue.

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#2 
Written By Esme
on June 24th, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

It looked like it only moved during the day. Something to do with sunlight?

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Written By Donald Michael Kraig
on June 24th, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

Actually, Morgan, if you read the original article, it states that it’s been in the museum for decades and never showed this behavior before. Could the vibrations be PART of the cause? Yes. But what has changed to allow it to be part of the cause?

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