Did someone sabotage the Egyptian king's mummy to hide his less-than endowed genitalia? A new report from The New Scientist presents the possibility of a anatomical conspiracy.
While trying to determine the cause of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's death, one researcher found that not all of the boy king's parts were present and accounted for.
There are many theories as to what killed Tutankhamun: malaria, inherited bone disorder, sickle-cell anemia. Another suggests that he suffered from a genetic hormonal disorder that causes elongated skulls, an over-production of estrogen and, in males, can also cause breasts and under-developed genitalia.
Egypt's chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass dismisses this theory — stating that Tutankhamun's wang is "well developed." But when following up on this, journalist Jo Merchant found a note from Hawass explaining that "the wang in question is no longer attached to the king's body."
It remains to be seen what exactly happened to the phallus in question — or, still, what actually killed Egypt's most famous ruler — but you'd have to think Tut wang would fetch a handsome price from the right collector.