Now we know what happened with that ship getting stuck sideways in the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal is in Egypt, remember. (It’s an artificial canal, like Panama; dug through the Isthmus of Suez, it cuts north to south, or south to north, runs just over 120 miles in length and connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.) Also happening in Egypt at the same time but not receiving all the international news coverage: several fires, a deadly train accident, the collapse of a building, and a construction accident in which a concrete pillar also collapsed. So what’s going on? Just so happens that Egypt was moving several of its most famous mummies, including Ramses the Great, Thutmose III, Seqenenre Tao, Hatshepsut, Seti I, Meritamen and Ahmose-Nefertari, 22 mummies in all, carried in a grand procession from the Egyptian Museum located in Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fusta, a trek which took about 45 minutes.
Though the mummies were afforded proper royal treatment during the remove (the parade was impressive by any definition) it seems they simply don’t like being jostled. Fortunately they showed their displeasure mostly by causing major headaches, metaphorically speaking, but not anything worse. We can say they were just annoyed, then, and not really brassed-off about the whole thing. Or maybe it was only one of the pharaohs who was miffed. It would’ve only taken one out of the 22 to get a curse started.