Speaking of ancient times…

…which we were doing with news about Ur and urban sprawl (did the word “urban” come from “Ur”?)*, another Harper’s Finding presents this:

Mummified mice discovered atop desolate, high-altitude Andean volcanoes were found to have traveled there on their own, and were not accidentally transported by the Inca in the course of ritualistic child sacrifice.

So glad to learn this. I’ve been concerned for years about how those mice got up there. Now I can exonerate them from abetting human high-altitude ritualistic child sacrifice.

*Nah. My compact OED tells me “urban” comes from the Latin “urbanus;” my Latin dictionary tells me “urbanus” means “of or belonging to a city (esp. to Rome).”

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