This bird was believed to be sacred by the ancient Egyptians. They mummified such birds and buried them along with important people – with plenty of birdseed for the afterlife.
This image is a 3-D reconstruction by anthropologist Andrew Wade using computed tomography. I am fascinated by the colors and think it makes a striking, if accidental, piece of art.
Sorry for the all caps.
When you see what I finally found, you’ll understand why.
..I found it at an IKEA-type knockoff store called JYSK in Brezice.
Brezice is a spa town not too far from here and less depressing than most rural Slavic towns because of having some neat old buildings from the Austrian empire. It also has a dreary little mall called Intermarket. In this mall is JYSK, which is an IKEA-type store only smaller and with even cheaper junk than IKEA (if that’s possible). Seriously, how can IKEA have a cheap imitation? But here they do. There’s no real IKEA in this country. I’m not sure why.
Anyway, blanket was found for 24 Euros and immediately bought.
So now old electric blanket (which was too small anyway) is now on my blog chair, keeping my butt warm, but my toes are still cold. I am no longer FREEZING despite the inadequate heating of this house though, so I am grateful.