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 Post subject: It's official: Richard III has been lying under a car park!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:38 am 
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This is just super cool/weird; it's funny to look at the skull of a long-dead person and contemplate that it once encompassed the creative force of someone you feel you "know" across such a wide gulf of time. To paraphrase Hamlet:

Imperious Richard, dead and turned to clay;
Beneath the Tesco just down the way.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2013/feb/04/richard-iii-skeleton-last-plantagenet-king-live

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This is gonna sound all sorts of convoluted and confused, but -

Weren't they gonna use this to DNA test the remains thought to be the little princes to verify that they were buried [wherever they're buried - near/in the tower? - I can't remember]? Or did they already do that? I seem to recall something about there being doubts that they were the ones buried there and that they might actually have escaped.

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Awesome! Thanks for posting.

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Thanks for posting that!

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The curve of that spine! Oh my! That's one in the eye for the revisionists who claim he wasn't a bunchbacked spider.

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Desdemona wrote:
To paraphrase Hamlet:

Imperious Richard, dead and turned to clay;
Beneath the Tesco just down the way.

I really, really love this.

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 Post subject: Re: It's official: Richard III has been lying under a car pa
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I was irrationally excited by this news! I've had my fingers crossed since they found the remains last year that it would be him. For those of you in the UK, there is a documentary about it tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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He's still got it.

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mumbles wrote:
He's still got it.
And how, mister!

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Mr. Shankly wrote:
Desdemona wrote:
To paraphrase Hamlet:

Imperious Richard, dead and turned to clay;
Beneath the Tesco just down the way.

I really, really love this.
Thank you. Of course, in retrospect I should have gone with,

Now is the winter of our disinterment;
An enormous bummer in this cold car park.
And all the crowds that tread above our bones
To the deep discounts of the market hurried.

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I love the nerdesque minute by minute play by play in the link. If I ever drive again, I will never thoughtlessly park my car without wondering which historical figure's bones I might be trodding upon. Dancing over a grave. Driving over a grave. Pirouetting over a grave. Having sex on someone's resting place. The earth is too full of bones! The dead can't get any rest anymore!

Next: Find Jimmy Hoffa!

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 Post subject: Re: It's official: Richard III has been lying under a car pa
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I had to laugh at an ill friend's facebook status - "Richard III "fit for work" - Atos".


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fezza wrote:
I had to laugh at an ill friend's facebook status - "Richard III "fit for work" - Atos".
Oh my god - that is hilarious (albeit in a grim, sad sort of way)!

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 Post subject: Re: It's official: Richard III has been lying under a car pa
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I think it's fascinating. They could have kept out the "meh, so what" commentary. Do journalists not take pride in their work anymore?


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fezza wrote:
I had to laugh at an ill friend's facebook status - "Richard III "fit for work" - Atos".

Ha!

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Incredible ! I've been following this story too - so exciting that our present day techology and residents can help solve a mystery from 1485 that helps us better understand history.

Also some of the resulting jokes are pretty good:

"Richard III: the hide and seek champion of 1485"


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 Post subject: Re: It's official: Richard III has been lying under a car pa
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I was all over twitter the day they released this story. I remember someone being like, "Who exactly are these Richard III revisionists?" I dunno, I always kinda liked him. TEAM PLANTAGENET.


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I wish Richard would kfischer this thread. I would really like to hear his side of the story.

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The Mirror: "We had a hunch it was him! DNA proves car park skeleton IS that of King Richard III"

HUNCH, get it?


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^Ha! It took me a minute!

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