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Comic #4018

1 {scene: The Pyramids}
1 Monty: Magnificent! Imagine the effort that went into building these.
2 Minnesota Jones: Actually, Cheops had a devil of a time—
2 Prof. Jones: An Apep of a time.
2 Minnesota Jones: —coaxing his workers to complete the topmost layers of the Great Pyramid.
3 Minnesota Jones: They wanted better working conditions, but whenever they saw the pharaoh they were awed by his godly presence and could only stammer incoherently.
4 Minnesota Jones: Until Cheops got angry and yelled at them, "Will you just get to the point!!"

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Cheops is the Greek name of the pharaoh Khufu. When I was younger and learning about the Pyramids for the first time, I learnt that the pharaohs who built the three Great Pyramids were Cheops, Chephren, and Mycerinos. For some reason the sources I learnt from preferred the Greek names, which I think was common at the time. In the original Ancient Egyptian the pharaohs' name's were Khufu, Khafra (or Khafre), and Menkaure.

The background photo is a composite of two photos that I took of the Pyramids in 1980, as a young child in my first ever overseas trip. The central peak is the Pyramid of Khufu.

Pyramid climb

The lower edges and the small auxiliary pyramid on the side are from a separate photo of the Pyramid of Menkaure and one of its attendant "Queen's pyramids".

Father and son

I don't have any good photos of the Pyramids from a distance far enough away to make a good background panorama, so I had to stitch these originals together, including a mirrored copy of the second photo on the left side, and blend them to fake a wider background. I could have found a Creative Commons or public domain image on the web, but I prefer to use my own photos for backgrounds, and I actually have photos of the Pyramids, so I figured this was worth the effort.

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