Saturday, January 14, 2006

Saturday Trivia

There has not been much in the way of trivia recently, but here's a pair to raise an eyebrow or a smile, whichever fits:

New Welsh adventure computer game
"Cardiff-based productive play company, B-DAG has launched its first Welsh-language adventure computer game, The Crystal of the Pharaoh. Crisial y PharoBased on the Welsh children’s book Crisial y Pharo, the game is both an adventure and educational game, which sees the protagonist Pryderi dragged into a computer where he faces many dangers to save the creatures living there from the evil wizard Swrief, who intends to steal the magic crystal, hidden inside the pyramid, to destroy all of them."

Brokeback Mountain finds a parallel in Egypt
Just when you thought that it was safe to assume that the nose-touching pair in Saqqara had ceased to make the headlines, someone has observed that the movie Brokeback Mountain finds a parallel in ancient Egypt: "As the gay-cowboy film Brokeback Mountain causes indignant protests among old Wyoming ranch-hands, it emerges that such controversies are almost as old as art itself. What may be the first depiction of a gay-male kiss was discovered in a 4000-year-old Egyptian tomb. Their arms entwined, their torsos and noses touching, Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep were painted together for eternity in an embrace usually associated with heterosexual couples of the 5th dynasty." In all fairness, the rest of the article simply focuses on the discussions described elsewhere regarding the tomb, and does not labour comparisons with the film.

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