How can a lunatic become president?

Here’s the pyramid of Pepi I (reign 2332-2287 B.C.) and the burial chamber within:

Pepe I pyramid and burial chamber

Inscribed there, at great length, you see the hieroglyphic text accompanying his highness. One small part reads:

Ho, Pepi! You have gone that you may become akh and take control as a god, as Osiris’s replacement. You have your ba within you, your control about you, your crown atop you, your Pale Crown atop your shoulders.

Now – Ben Carson:

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson said in taped remarks first reported by Buzzfeed on Wednesday. “Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it.”

I think a pharaoh destined to replace Osiris – the god of the afterlife, the underworld, and the dead – qualifies as “big.” I’m not Egyptian or anything, I just get it. But let’s take Carson seriously for a moment.

Estimated size of the Great Pyramid of Giza: 92 million cubic feet. The open spaces inside, the king’s and queen’s chamber, the grand gallery and the access tunnels, are probably only around 100,000 cubic feet combined. This means that only about .001 of Khufu’s grand muni project, the Heavy Pointed Hopper (Mason’s Local vulture), could store anything at all. That’s like having a 50 foot grain silo and filling all but the last 5/8″ of it with limestone. Say what you will about this Joseph, but practical he wasn’t. Ben Carson is nuts.

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