Small but serious item

I’m in Cairo and my breakfastime reading is either the Daily News or the Egyptian Gazette. The Daily News front page today carries the following headline, which passes the most basic test for a headline in making you want to read the story:

King Tut’s dad’s toe returned to Egypt

The toe, belonging to King Akhenaton, was stolen in 1907 and clearly much delicate cultural diplomacy has been conducted to return it from Switzerland to the rest of the skeleton. Stolen toes of Pharaohs are serious stuff here. The story intones, without the slightest irony: “The toe’s movements since 1907 were not disclosed.” Some secrets are too big for people to handle.


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