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(Sciencedaily)   Five-thousand-year-old Sumerian lyre, destroyed in the Iraqi invasion, is reconstructed by British engineers. Unfortunately, it is about as musical as a herd of camels being attacked by a leafblower   (sciencedaily.com) divider line 84
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2005-08-02 03:06:03 PM  
They should have just asked us. We have a 59-year-old liar that we're hardly using. Silly Brits.
 
2005-08-02 03:09:44 PM  
Stuff like that just isn't possible, or people would be manufacturing Stradivarius violins by the boat load.

Lyre lyre pants on fire!
 
2005-08-02 03:33:46 PM  
It sounds just like Coldplay?
 
2005-08-02 03:37:30 PM  
Hahaha!!!
 
2005-08-02 03:38:28 PM  
Did you ever hear Sumerian music?
 
2005-08-02 03:40:39 PM  
Why don't they just play air lyre?

/string instrument trifecta in play
 
2005-08-02 03:41:20 PM  
Why'd they let Jessica Simpson near it?
 
2005-08-02 03:41:38 PM  
It's hard to beleive that Americans had no regard for anything that might hold any value when they invaded Iraq

/sarcastic
 
2005-08-02 03:42:15 PM  
article made me think of the "search for techno allah" Mr. Bungle

allah ackbar!
it's a trap.
 
2005-08-02 03:42:40 PM  
some_wild-eyed_8-foot_tall_maniac:

They should have just asked us. We have a 59-year-old liar that we're hardly using.

What a CLEVER PUN!

/back to the drawing board for me
 
2005-08-02 03:43:59 PM  
This thread is useless without ancient lyre music.
 
2005-08-02 03:44:47 PM  
Or, "Lyre, lyre, half your country's on fire!"
 
2005-08-02 03:45:14 PM  
Not to be confused by this Sumerian lyre:
[image from president-bush.com too old to be available]
"Sumerian music is very beautiful!"
 
2005-08-02 03:46:52 PM  
 
2005-08-02 03:46:55 PM  
The follow-up tag to bee seen in the near future:

"British/Sumerian lyre travels around Europe in old VW bus with a rag-tag bunch of hippies. France surrenders."
 
2005-08-02 03:47:35 PM  
They should have just asked us. We have a 59-year-old liar that we're hardly using. Silly Brits.

Thanks for the ruined keyboard, dick.
 
2005-08-02 03:48:08 PM  
Dunkin Donuts:

...article made me think of the "search for techno allah" Mr. Bungle

Ah! I saw them play that song live at a show in atlanta...
I thought my head was going to explode like in scanners.
 
dly
2005-08-02 03:48:25 PM  
darch: Thanks for the ruined keyboard, dick.

winner!
 
2005-08-02 03:48:51 PM  
Isnt that what Spock played? So its 5000 years from the future and was left here during a temoral rift. Got it. Cool, thanks.
 
2005-08-02 03:50:08 PM  
Andy Lowings... said: "The Lyre of Ur is one of the world's most unique instruments"

I can't stand it when people say stuff like that. Something is unique, or it isn't. There's no such thing as "most unique," or "rather unique," etc., etc.!

/grumpy
 
2005-08-02 03:50:54 PM  
Here's the harp in question:
[image from lyre-of-ur.com too old to be available]

I can't believe some dipshiat smashed the original. I hope 5000 years from now someone takes a massive dump on his grave.
 
2005-08-02 03:51:37 PM  
[image from img45.imageshack.us too old to be available]
 
2005-08-02 03:51:45 PM  
Boo hoo...we broke your harp. I hear the guy that used to run the place may have killed people.
 
2005-08-02 03:52:35 PM  
Thats things so damn ugly Im glad it got smashed.

/I keed :D
 
2005-08-02 03:53:06 PM  
WRX_Smokescreen Great minds thing alike :)
 
2005-08-02 03:54:45 PM  
Engineers ... employed revolutionary laser technology to engrave authentic designs onto Gulf Shell

Because nothing says "authentic Iraqi archaeology" like frickin' lasers.
 
2005-08-02 03:54:47 PM  
Ohhhh, oh, bitter dregs.
[image from eric.halo43.com too old to be available]
 
2005-08-02 03:54:49 PM  
Ahh, hopefully this will help educate people when I tell them in online chats that Ur is an ancient city, not a word. Or even two words. Or a proper abbreviation for Your Are or your.
 
2005-08-02 03:56:34 PM  
Or a proper abbreviation for Your Are or your.

Hee. I'm a dork too.
 
2005-08-02 03:56:38 PM  
Sumerian lyre, destroyed in the Iraqi invasion

"Sumerarian... not Babelonian,... big difference..."

/Venkman
 
2005-08-02 03:58:07 PM  
That's what the Iraqis get for not worshiping a real God. Maybe if they were Christians their antiquities would be protected.

/It's sarcasm folks, but it's also what's driving this country now, and it's scary!
 
2005-08-02 03:58:59 PM  
Senor Dingdong:

/It's sarcasm folks, but it's also what's driving this country now, and it's scary!

Sarcasm is driving the country?
 
2005-08-02 03:59:02 PM  
WRX_Smokescreen: that Mel Brooks site is AWESOME. Thanks!
 
2005-08-02 04:01:16 PM  
First they steal the whole Gilgamesh thing and call him "Noah", now this.
 
2005-08-02 04:01:23 PM  
Daniel, Daniel and the sacred harp,
Dancing through the clover.
Daniel, Daniel would you mind,
If I look it over.

I heard of this famous harp years ago back in my home town
But I sure never thought old Daniel be the one to come and bring it around
Tell me Daniel how the harp came into your posession.
Are you one of the chosen few who will march in the the procession?

and Daniel said:
The sacred harp was handed down, from father unto son,
And me not being related, I could never be the one.
So I saved up all my silver, and took it to a man,
Who said he could deliver the harp, straight into my hand.

Three years I waited patiently,
'Till he returned with the harp from the sea of Galilee.
He said there is one more thing I must ask,
But not of personal greed.
But I wouldn't listen I just grabbed the harp,
And said take what you may need.

Now Daniel looked quite satisfied, and the harp it seemed to glow.
But the price that Daniel had really paid, he did not even know.
Back to his brother he took his troubled mind.
And he said dear brother I'm in a bind.
But the brother would not hear his tale,
he said Old Daniel's gonna land in jail.
So to his father Daniel did run,
And he said oh father what have I done.
His father said son you've given in, you know you won your harp,
But you lost in sin.

Then Daniel took the harp and went high on the hill,
And he blew across the meadow like a whippoorwhill.
He played out his heart just the time to pass,
But as he looked to the ground, he noticed no shadow did he cast.
 
2005-08-02 04:01:37 PM  
2005-08-02 03:51:45 PM Radworld4


Boo hoo...we broke your harp. I hear the guy that used to run the place may have killed people.


So does Hosni Mubarak, but that's no excuse for blowing up the Sphinx.

What's it like to have no sense of history?
 
2005-08-02 04:03:38 PM  
I have no idea what got into the submitter's head to think up that particular headline, but kudos.

//attempts to mentally picture camels being attacked by said leafblower
 
2005-08-02 04:05:00 PM  
Did you brush your teeth??
...
I was dead at the time!


// got nothing
/// but always have an Eddie Izzard quote ready
 
2005-08-02 04:06:25 PM  
[image from graphics8.nytimes.com too old to be available]

40 year-old lyre.
 
2005-08-02 04:08:07 PM  
2005-08-02 04:01:16 PM morrisonsl


First they steal the whole Gilgamesh thing and call him "Noah", now this.


No, that's Utnapishtam on the boat. Gilgamesh just meets him later on and hears his story.
 
2005-08-02 04:10:26 PM  
... Unfortunately, it is about as musical as a herd of camels being attacked by a leafblower

I don't know. That conjures up a rather bizarre image. I can imagine a herd of camels being attacked by a leafblower as being rather musical - in a flatulent sort of way.

/ HhhhhhMmmmmmmmm?
 
2005-08-02 04:11:09 PM  
To all you lefties whining about the harp: the British shouldn't have left such an artifact in a tyrannical dictatorship in the first place. The British Museum has preserved more 3rd World historical treasures than the average President for life.
 
2005-08-02 04:12:12 PM  
I wish there were REAL pirates still around
 
2005-08-02 04:12:22 PM  
2005-08-02 04:11:09 PM MrBelvedere


To all you lefties whining about the harp: the British shouldn't have left such an artifact in a tyrannical dictatorship in the first place. The British Museum has preserved more 3rd World historical treasures than the average President for life.


Sad, but true.
 
2005-08-02 04:12:58 PM  
... Dalmok and Jalad, at Tanagra...
 
2005-08-02 04:13:01 PM  
"What's it like to have no sense of history?"

Its tingly.
 
2005-08-02 04:13:53 PM  
To all you lefties whining about the harp...

Fark: Where you can find a partisan flame war in a thread about a harp.

/that damn near rhymed.
 
2005-08-02 04:15:06 PM  
Sir Leonard Woolley

Bully for Woolley!
 
2005-08-02 04:20:44 PM  
Give it to the Air Guitarists in the other thread - they can probably crank out a wicked tune...
 
2005-08-02 04:21:36 PM  
Am I the only one that thought it said 'lye' and that it was going to be some lame-o building-blocks-of-WMD thing?
 
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