Sunday, December 05, 2004

"A condo made of stone-a" 

Steve Martin remains one of the funniest people on the planet. If you haven't read his little reminiscence on the op-ed page of today's New York Times, do so:
It is fitting that so many major news organizations have asked me to herald the coming to the United States of the artifacts from King Tut's tomb. After all, I'm the one who wrote the silly song about him. I stepped over the backs of many Egyptologists who wanted to write this article...

It does strike me as ironic that the song has become the standard reference work on the subject of King Tut. Many of the lines in the song are now believed to be fact. In this article I should - as a serious scholar - set the record straight:

King Tut was not "born in Arizona."

He did not live in a "condo made of stone-a."

King Tut did not "do the monkey," nor did he "move to Babylonia."

King Tut was not a honky.

He was not "buried in his jammies."

The song does, however, make a valid assertion that scholars still regard as a breakthrough: King Tut was, as explained in the song, "an Egyptian."



By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Dec 05, 12:32:00 PM:

Sorry, but I just didn't get it. And I was a big fan of Steve in the seventies and eighties. Pete in Port Washington, New York.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Dec 08, 12:19:00 AM:

Welcome to the "Dumbing Down of the World", we have now graduated from just the "Dumbing Down of America". 20 years from now some child will Google "King Tut" and write an essay quoting Steve Martin, an American Eygptologist.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Wed Dec 08, 06:45:00 AM:

Since the song is almost thirty years old, I'm sure that some kid, somewhere, has already written that paper! It is kind of funny to think about, actually.  

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