Daily Bread for 2.16.15

Good morning, Whitewater.

We’ll have a partly sunny day in the Whippet City, with a high of eighteen. Sunrise is 6:49 and sunset 5:28, for 10h 38m 53s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 8.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

The pharaoh's solid gold funerary mask was interred with him in KV62.  Via Wikipedia.

The pharaoh’s solid gold funerary mask was interred with him in KV62. Via Wikipedia.

On this day in 1923, treasures see light again, after millennia being hidden from sight:

Tut-ankh-Amen’s Inner Tomb is Opened Revealing Undreamed of Splendors, Still Untouched After 3,400 Years

Series of Ornate Covers Enclose Pharaoh’s Sarcophagus
Mortuary Chamber Opens into Another Room, Crowded With Great Treasure
Wealth of Objects of Historic and Artistic Interest Exceeds All Their Wildest Visions
The Times (London) World Copyright, by Arrangement with the Earl of Carnarvon. Copyright, 1923, by The New York Times Company.

Special Cable to The New York Times

Luxor, Egypt, Feb. 16 — This has been, perhaps, the most extraordinary day in the whole history of Egyptian excavation. Whatever any one may have guessed or imagined of the secret of Tut-ankh-Amen’s tomb, they surely cannot have dreamed the truth as now revealed.

The entrance today was made into the sealed chamber of the tomb of Tut-ankh-Amen, and yet another door opened beyond that. No eyes have seen the King, but to practical certainty we know that he lies there close at hand in all his original state, undisturbed.

Moreover, in addition to the great store of treasures which the tomb has already yielded, today has brought to light a new wealth of objects of artistic, historical, and even intrinsic value which is bewildering.

It is such a hoard as the most sanguine excavator can hardly have pictured, even in visions in his sleep, and puts Lord Carnarvon’s and Mr. Carter’s discovery in a class by itself and above all previous finds.

Official Opening Sunday

Though the official opening of the sealed mortuary chamber of the tomb has been fixed for Sunday, it was obviously impossible to postpone until then the actual work of breaking in the entrance. This was a job involving some hours of work, because it had to be done with the greatest care, so as to keep intact as many of the seals as possible, and also to avoid injury to any of the objects on the other side which might be caused by the falling of material dislodged.

Puzzability begins a new week’s game, about those who didn’t win an Academy Award (at least in the year the game has in mind):

This Week’s Game — February 16-20
Oscar Losers
Sometimes when you lose, you lose big. For each day this week, we started with a nominee for the Best Actor Oscar who didn’t win it in at least one year (though he may have won it in another year). We then removed all instances of the letters in OSCAR, though not all five of the letters necessarily appear in the name.
Harrison Ford
What to Submit:
Submit the actor’s name (as “Harrison Ford” in the example) for your answer.
Monday, February 16
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