Hey taylorswift, I hope you read this story! I’m Alex from Georgia country not state, and I’m 17! A lot of things have changed in my life recently, so I wanna tell you about my new friends! The day after Los Angeles Secret Session, I just sent some friend requests to the fans on Facebook who were at your home, for just congratulations and I messaged juliehajost who was one of them with the text “Congrats on meeting Taylor” and she just replied me! Since that day we text each other every day, we really fell in love, like a son and mom! She’s the best ever! I know her family, her boy , just another awesome boy swiftie! And she knows mine too!! 

Julie became my best friend, she did a lot of great things for me. on your 1989 album release day she sent me a copy of it with some other surprising things! Now I have 5/5 Albums, and I’m so happy. + A lot of Magazines of your cover and sweets!!!!! She sent me packages for Christmas, My Birthday and Easter!!! She’s really great! I adore her. And you are the reason why we know each other.
 Unfortunately I live so far from her, and I’ve never met her in real life but for this summer we hope we can do SKYPE!!! YAS. Also I’ve never met you,never been to your concert and I wish I could come!!! Julie is going to one of your show with her boy and I’m so happy for them, I hope they get to meet you in Loft ‘89! FINGERS CROSSED.
We live on different continents, but we keep in touch and I hope one day we will meet each other!!! ❤
P.S I would be delighted if you read our story! PLEASE. 

Egyptian mummified child saved from French rubbish dump to go on display for first time

A 2,000-year-old Egyptian child mummy discovered in a rubbish dump in France is to go on display for the first time outside Paris.

The mummified body of the toddler in a casket first came to publish attention when an unidentified local resident of Rueil Malmaison showed up at the municipal dump in 2001 and asked where to throw her “cumbersome” unwanted goods.

“She said: ‘Where shall I put this, it’s a mummy?’ We weren’t sure exactly what she was on about. She just said she was clearing her cellar,” Jean-Louis Parichon, an employee at the dump, recalled shortly afterwards.

“I immediately saw it was an extraordinary thing and put it to one side. Then when I’d stopped being astonished, I called the town museum.” Read more.

Ancient 'mummy' unearthed from 'lost medieval civilisation' near Arctic, claim scientists

The expected but as yet unopened human remains are wrapped in birch bark and it is likely that this ‘cocoon’ contains copper which - combined with the permafrost - produced an accidental mummification.

Archeologists working at the site, near Salekhard, say they suspect the remains are of a child or teenager from the 12th or 13th centuries AD.

The new find matches others discovered at Zeleny Yar, belonging to a mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia despite its position on the edge of the Siberian Arctic. If confirmed, it will be the first mummy from the civilisation found at this intriguing site since 2002.

Fellow of the Research Center for the Study of Arctic, Alexander Gusev, said: 'We decided, after consulting with colleagues, to take the find as a whole piece, that is without opening it in the field, taking for further research in the city.’ Read more.

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If you don’t like mummification or mummies or are queasy in general, you might want to sit this one out. Cofagrigus is a ghost who lives in an elaborate coffin, used to lure in grave robbers and “teach them a lesson”–by consuming and mummifying them alive [Spoiler Alert: They won’t be alive for much longer].

Mummification describes the process of preserving a dead body, typically associated with the ancient Egyptians. Particularly because of the gold, Cofagrigus seems to draw most of its inspiration from the Egyptians; and therefore that is the mummification process we will be talking about today.

The earliest Egyptians buried their dead in the sand in the deserts. The dryness and heat of the sand dried out the bodies, in the earliest form of preservation. Later, they got much more elaborate, using chemicals, removing organs, and overall making sure the body stayed as perfectly preserved as possible.

Here’s where the queasy people want to stop reading. The Egyptians began by pulling out the brain through the nose with a long iron hook. Yeah. Cofagrigus’ victims are killed by this step. They then cleaned the interior of the skull with certain drugs that killed bacteria and got rid of any brain-pieces they might have missed.

Next, the cut open the abdomen and removed most organs—kidneys, lungs, and so on. They left the heart in the body: they believed the heart controlled a person’s emotions and actions (they thought it was the brain). The rest of the organs they washed, coated in resin, wrapped in linen, and stored in small canopic jars separate from the coffin.

They then washed the now empty inside of the abdomen with wine (alcohol is good for disinfecting), and stuffed it with herbs and spices including myrrh, cassia, incense, and so on. 

Next, the dried the body by placing it in natron powder—basically just salt—for 30 to 70 days. During this time someone was always standing guard. Once done, the body was sent back to the embalmers, who removed the spices inside and replaced them with salt, sewed up the cuts, and began wrapping.

Mummies were wrapped tightly and meticulously; every individual finger and toe wrapped separately, the arms, legs, and so on in multiple layers. The completed bandaged body was coated in hot resin to seal and “glue” the linen together. Then the mummy was placed in a coffin, given a funeral and sealed away in the appropriate tomb.

Okay, but lets go back to Cofagrigus. It grabs its victims and seals them in its coffin alive before mummifying them, and so it obviously doesn’t go through all of these meticulous steps. It probably doesn’t wrap them, pulling out their organs is questionable (but you can believe what you like). Mostly, I think Cofagrigus just dehydrates its victims bodies in a salt like mixture the Egyptians used. 

What’s more, I think Cofagrigus does this for nutrients. Instead of eating or drinking water, Cofagrigus absorbs the minerals and moisture from its victims for nourishment. Just about the only thing he can’t get from this is a substantial amount of gold. The human body does contain some gold, about 0.2 milligrams, but Cofagrigus probably needs more than that to upkeep his elaborate coffin. Which is why he eats gold nuggets, instead of chicken ones.

Cofagrigus mummifies its victims to get nourishment. Instead of eating or drinking, he absorbs nutrients and moisture from the preserving process, which takes over 30-70 days to complete. He eats gold nuggets to get what he otherwise can’t from a human body.

So its obviously not solely to “teach grave robbers a lesson”. Cofagrigus uses the Egyptian mummification process not to preserve bodies, but to eat. To survive.

Autopsy carried out in Far East on world's oldest dog mummified by ice

Scientists in the Russian Far East have carried out a post-mortem examination of the remains of the only mummified dog ever found in the world.

Found sealed inside permafrost during a hunt for traces of woolly mammoths, the perfectly-preserved body is 12,450 years old.

The dog, believed to be a three-month-old female, was unearthed in 2011 on the Syallakh River in the Ust-Yana region of Yakutia, also known as the Sakha Republic.

Experts spent the past four years analysing the body – which included not just bones but also its heart, lungs and stomach – but only carried out the long-awaited autopsy in April.

It took place at the Institute of Medicine within the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, and experts say the results will ‘greatly help’ the research of ancient dog species. Read more.

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