Robert Bell Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska, was once a struggling public school. Although the students were eager to learn, the school lacked faculties and school supplies. It was basically underfunded.
However, everything changed after the owner of Plymouth Foundation Museum of Natural History, Raymond Plymouth, knew about their situation. He gave a one-of-a-kind gift that the school will never forget. It is one of the most valuable treasures of his museum—a 300 ft. long Egyptian sphinx.
The school’s principal said, “Mr. Plymouth’s donation just means so much to us. Before Mr. Plymouth’s gift, our school couldn’t afford enough chalk or textbooks, but now we have an entire sphinx! The kids don’t even need textbooks. Why read about history when you’ve got a real live piece of it in your school?”
Because the sphinx was too big, six helicopters were needed to airlift it to the school. It was placed on top of an existing building. Its structural rearrangement did not just allow an Egyptian artifact to blend in on school grounds but also served as a reason to eliminate over sixty-five outdated classrooms.
Now all 1,500 students would gather around in the fifteen remaining classrooms to learn and grow together.
Although they say this story is a hoax, the thought that a giant sphinx was donated to a small school to make it better is just so inspiring. But if you want a true story about a popular giant sphinx, check out the story below:
Giant Sphinx from the Movie The Ten Commandments Unearthed 91 Years Later
A few years ago, film creators did not know how to create special effects to make realistic scenes and backgrounds, so they have to hire hundreds of actors for scenes that required large crowds. They also used large-sized replicas to show giant monuments and objects.
In 1923, the blockbuster movie The Ten Commandments was among those that had huge film sets. To make their scenes realistic, they had to use giant sphinxes made of plaster of parts. Although they were assembled in Guadalupe, California, the body parts of the sphinxes were actually built in Los Angeles.
After filming the movie, it is believed that the film crew blew off the set. Because of that, twenty-one sphinxes used in the film were buried under.
According to Doug Jenzen of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, the large parts of the set were probably just buried due to natural elements like rain, sand, and wind. Also, there are evidence that revealed that the sphinxes were still in the exact location they were during the making of the movie.
In 2012, an excavation took place, which aimed to unearth the sphinx with a head about the size of a pool table. Colleen Hamilton, an archaeologist working for Applied EarthWorks, said, “We’d work during the day, and we’d watch the movie at night to figure out what we were finding.”
Because they didn’t have enough time to unearth the rest of the body, they decided to bury it in the sand for protection. After two years, the team went back to finish what they’ve started. Unfortunately, the site was already destroyed due to erosion.
Despite that, they found the body of another sphinx. But its color had already faded because of too much exposure to moist beach air. On October 6, 2014, the team started to excavate the rest of the body. Though the process started slow, they were finally able to remove the body in eight days.
With the efforts of Applied EarthWorks team, Hollywood fans will be able to see the sphinxes again. It will be displayed at the Dunes Center around this year.