Spinning Statue: 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Relic Mysteriously Rotates On Its Own [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on June 24, 2013 5:28 PM EDT

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A spinning statue was filmed turning on its own at the Manchester Museum in England. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

A spinning statue at a museum in England baffled museum caretakers who discovered security tape footage showing the ancient relic rotating on its own. Time-lapse video of the spinning statue shows the 4,000-year-old, 10-inch tall statue of Neb-Senu inexplicably turn 180 degrees, even with nobody near it.

The ancient Egyptian relic, an offering to the Egyptian god of death, Osiris, was found 80 years ago in a mummy's tomb and has been kept behind the glass walls of a display case ever since. Mirror reports that a popular belief among paranormal believers is that scientists who excavated the Egyptian tombs in the 1920s were plagued by the "curse of the Pharaohs."

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"In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit," Campbell Price, an Egyptologist, told the Manchester Evening News.

Price is also the person who discovered the bizarre spinning statue. He first noticed it when he found the statue askew in its case, and had to reset it. Later, however, the statue was facing the wrong direction again. He was the only person with the key to the case, so he knew no one else could have tampered with the stone figure.

Was the spinning statue cursed? Or is there science to explain the bizarre phenomenon?

Some have suggested that there is a much less fantastic explanation for the spinning statue's behavior. Differential friction, for one, could describe how the statue slowly shifted to a different position. Fox News reports that the simple and slight vibration of the stone statue against the glass of the case -- caused either by museum patrons filing by the exhibit or by automobile traffic outside -- could be enough to shake the statue just enough that it moved slowly over time.

Watch video of the strange spinning statue below and decide for yourself -- cursed Egyptian statue, or just a fluke of physics?

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