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2014-03-08 03:51:11 PM
Apparently the first line reads: Hello mudda, hello fadda...
 
2014-03-08 03:54:25 PM
when they're written by a guy named Abdul Alhazred.
 
2014-03-08 04:53:07 PM
Ancient Egyptian?

Dear Father,
We've chased Moses and those pesky slaves all the way to the shores of the Red Sea. That bearded doofus is holding his staff over the water and looks like he's about to jizz himself. Pharoah has ordered us to form up and charge into them, so....what's the worst that could happen, right? Kthxbye!
 
2014-03-08 05:49:41 PM

miss diminutive: Ancient Egyptian?

Dear Father,
We've chased Moses and those pesky slaves all the way to the shores of the Red Sea. That bearded doofus is holding his staff over the water and looks like he's about to jizz himself. Pharoah has ordered us to form up and charge into them, so....what's the worst that could happen, right? Kthxbye!


i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-08 06:00:01 PM

SilentStrider: when they're written by a guy named Abdul Alhazred.


media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com

Too late.
 
2014-03-08 06:22:46 PM
Turns out it was actually a recipe for chocolate chip cookies.
 
2014-03-08 06:22:49 PM
Can he decipher R-S-P-E-C-T?

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/03/07/obama-misspells-respect-whi l e-praising-franklin-before-white-house-concert/
 
2014-03-08 06:23:05 PM
Drink your Ovaltine?

/nothing
 
2014-03-08 06:25:34 PM
The ancient letter is "R". They're still looking for the ancient number.
 
2014-03-08 06:25:44 PM
Dear Penthovse Forvm,

I never thovght this covld happen to me, but last night at the Temple of Athena...
 
2014-03-08 06:27:41 PM
What can it possibly say - funny walk, funny walk, bird, guy with a jug on his head, snake, eyeball, bird?
 
2014-03-08 06:28:29 PM
Dear John,

By the time you read this, I'll be mummified.
 
2014-03-08 06:30:58 PM
Ancient letter?

blog.seattlepi.com
 
2014-03-08 06:34:10 PM
"are you farking a Marine while I am out here?"
 
2014-03-08 06:36:07 PM

Captain Steroid: miss diminutive: Ancient Egyptian?

Dear Father,
We've chased Moses and those pesky slaves all the way to the shores of the Red Sea. That bearded doofus is holding his staff over the water and looks like he's about to jizz himself. Pharoah has ordered us to form up and charge into them, so....what's the worst that could happen, right? Kthxbye!


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Seconded
 
2014-03-08 06:36:12 PM
Sounds like Letters Home Never Truly Change, somehow....
 
2014-03-08 06:39:58 PM
Yeah.  Now about that Bible problem...
 
2014-03-08 06:42:46 PM

laulaja: Sounds like Letters Home Never Truly Change, somehow....


Dear Sarah, the indications are very strong that I shall attempt re-entry tomorrow, and lest I shall not be able to write you again, I feel compelled to write a few lines, that they may fall under your eye when I am no more. It sure is farking cold up here. Yessir, I about froze my motherfarking nuts off. God damn, space is one cold motherfarker. Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that only omnipotence can break, but, shiat, woman, it is cold as fark up here.
 
vpc
2014-03-08 06:48:30 PM
Apparently there is an American Society of Papyrologists.

tmyk.jpg
 
2014-03-08 06:49:01 PM
Anything about his being born in Arizona, then moving to Babylonia?
 
2014-03-08 06:51:42 PM
Dear Mother and Father,

Would you please check on my girlfriend as she said she is spending lots of time with Jody.  Who is Jody?....
 
2014-03-08 06:54:56 PM
Dear wife

Snake wavy lines, eyeball. Bird guy, snake, guy with bird face, alligator. LOL! Wavy lines, guy with spear, eyeball, penis.

Kliak-ra
 
2014-03-08 06:55:50 PM
"Dear Cleopatra.  It's me, not you...."
 
2014-03-08 07:01:31 PM

laulaja: Sounds like Letters Home Never Truly Change, somehow....





Never do, the tech changes but the soldier doesn't
 
2014-03-08 07:04:38 PM
Fill out a hurt feelings report you pussy.
 
2014-03-08 07:10:26 PM
Seriously...no Ken Burns jokes yet?
 
2014-03-08 07:11:17 PM
Greetings to you Sir. I am Naheez Muhaldar of the Special Bank of Egypt. We have a large sum of gold coins that belonged to a distant relative of yours...
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-03-08 07:13:10 PM

miss diminutive: Ancient Egyptian?

Dear Father,
We've chased Moses and those pesky slaves all the way to the shores of the Red Sea. That bearded doofus is holding his staff over the water and looks like he's about to jizz himself. Pharoah has ordered us to form up and charge into them, so....what's the worst that could happen, right? Kthxbye!


You made me scare my kittehs laughing so damned hard. Also, protip: irish coffee burns the nasal passages.
 
2014-03-08 07:14:00 PM

Thanks for the Meme-ries: Anything about his being born in Arizona, then moving to Babylonia?


To a condo made of stona
 
2014-03-08 07:14:34 PM

jim515: Dear Mother and Father,

Would you please check on my girlfriend as she said she is spending lots of time with Jody.  Who is Jody?....


Dear son,

Give it up. Jody's got your girl and gone.

Love,
Mom
P.S. Didn't I tell you she was a tramp?
 
2014-03-08 07:16:25 PM

jim515: Dear Mother and Father,

Would you please check on my girlfriend as she said she is spending lots of time with Jody.  Who is Jody?....


I c what u did dere.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-03-08 07:18:41 PM

dryknife: Fill out a hurt feelings report you pussy.


http://www.scribd.com/doc/28064112/Hurt-Feelings-Report
 
2014-03-08 07:24:41 PM

StudlyDoRight: Apparently the first line reads: Hello mudda, hello fadda...


Here I am at Camp Vindolanda...
 
2014-03-08 07:32:22 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-08 07:38:42 PM
'be sure to drink your ovaltin.......oh god damn it'
 
2014-03-08 07:50:01 PM

Russ1642: Greetings to you Sir. I am Naheez Muhaldar of the Special Bank of Egypt. We have a large sum of gold coins that belonged to a distant relative of yours...


OK I LOL'd.
 
2014-03-08 08:08:20 PM

Russ1642: Greetings to you Sir. I am Naheez Muhaldar of the Special Bank of Egypt. We have a large sum of gold coins that belonged to a distant relative of yours...


i291.photobucket.com
- Jan Thozomas
 
2014-03-08 08:15:02 PM
They had international mail service 1800 years ago?!?
 
2014-03-08 08:21:55 PM
This is actually really freaking poignant. You have an Egyptian, living under essentially a Roman authority and serving in their military on another continent, writing to his family in Greek, an educated language, about how he's written them for years and they haven't responded. It's quite sad. At one point, this poor Northern African is stationed around what is now Hungary, serving as an auxiliary most likely, in the Roman legions, just wanting to hear from his family.

Hits me right in the feels. No homo.
 
2014-03-08 08:25:49 PM

Facetious_Speciest: This is actually really freaking poignant. You have an Egyptian, living under essentially a Roman authority and serving in their military on another continent, writing to his family in Greek, an educated language, about how he's written them for years and they haven't responded. It's quite sad. At one point, this poor Northern African is stationed around what is now Hungary, serving as an auxiliary most likely, in the Roman legions, just wanting to hear from his family.

Hits me right in the feels. No homo.



-Quite so. He must have felt so alone...
 
2014-03-08 08:28:17 PM

Mean Daddy: Can he decipher R-S-P-E-C-T?

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/03/07/obama-misspells-respect-whi l e-praising-franklin-before-white-house-concert/


Wow.

You've been waiting for any opportunity to link that no matter how irrelevant, huh?

I admire your dedication.
 
2014-03-08 08:35:57 PM
"I read this book recently and it was filled with letters that soldiers during the Civil War wrote to their girlfriends back home. Every letter in this book was amazing. They were like, 'My Dearest Hannah, This morn finds me wrecked by the fiery pangs of your absence. I'll bear your cherished memory with me as I battle the forces of tyranny and oppression.' Now think about what the typical letter from your average Gulf War solider to his girlfriend back home in Brooklyn must have read like, 'Dear Marie, It is hot as f-- out here. It is hard to fight these sand monkeys with your balls stuck to your legs. It is very very hot and I am very very sweetie. It is very very hot because I am in the dessert. What else did I want to axe you? Oh yeah, don't f-- nobody til I get back.'" -Greg Giraldo
 
2014-03-08 08:41:15 PM
So I wonder how dependable the postal service was 1800 years ago.
 
2014-03-08 08:53:22 PM

fusillade762: SilentStrider: when they're written by a guy named Abdul Alhazred.



Too late.


Clattu Varata Necktie, neck turn, nickel, its definitely an N word.
 
2014-03-08 09:07:55 PM

kudayta: Drink your Ovaltine?

/nothing


Came in to say this.

/Leaving satisfied
 
2014-03-08 09:12:50 PM

StudlyDoRight: Apparently the first line reads: Hello mudda, hello fadda...


Full letter translated here. link
 
2014-03-08 09:13:08 PM
I bet this is all the Phoneticians fault.
 
2014-03-08 09:13:17 PM

SpdrJay: Turns out it was actually a recipe for chocolate chip cookies.


jimmyprophet.files.wordpress.com

It's a cookbook!
 
2014-03-08 09:57:10 PM

Stoker: So I wonder how dependable the postal service was 1800 years ago.


It wasn't infallible by a long shot, but after the 6th time.. you start to wonder..

/sad
//why didn't he just use twitter?
 
2014-03-08 10:14:06 PM
Amigajoe

They had international mail service 1800 years ago?!?

The Egyptians had international mail 5,000 years ago.  They used heliograph stations on mountain peaks, and while flashing mirrors can only send in binary it worked due to the simplicity of their heiroglyphic language.  Scribes could send a more-or-less faithfully transcribed papyrus document in binary format thousands of miles in a single day.  Egyptian mail became the defacto standard, and our modern Internet mail (still in binary) is still referred to as "Egyptian mail", or simply "E-mail" to this day.
 
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