The Ancient Egyptian Obelisk in the Middle of New York's Central Park
Standing amidst the serene beauty of Central Park in New York City is a 21 meter tall (69 feet) Ancient Egyptian obelisk that dates to around 1475 BC. Complete with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, it's certainly an oddity to behold considering that it's located in a city that is 3,000 years younger than it approximately 5,600 miles away from it's home country.
Called "Cleopatra's Needle", the obelisk was originally commissioned by pharaoh Thutmose II in 1475 BC and erected in the city of Heliopolis. Two hundred years later the pharaoh Ramses II added the hieroglyphic inscriptions to the obelisk celebrating his military victories. In 575 BC the obelisk was toppled by an invading Persian army after conquering Egypt. In the 1st century BC the obelisk was rediscovered, and ordered by Queen Cleopatra to be transported to the Caesareum in Alexandria, a temple built to memorialize Julius Caesar.
The obelisk would remain there until 1879. A mere decade before the Suez Canal had been completed, making Egypt an important hub of international trade and commerce between rapidly expanding colonial empires. Thus the Egyptians began to foster close diplomatic ties with the world powers, and this diplomacy often started with the gifting of priceless artifacts and monuments. Cleopatra's Needle was given as a gift to the United States by the Khedive of Egypt in 187y, and in August of 1879 the obelisk was removed from it's foundation, placed on a wooden steamship, and shipped across the ocean where it was to be re-erected in New York City.
The obelisk was laid in place on October 2nd 1880 after being paraded up 5th Ave along with 5,000 local Mason's and 50,000 spectators. The official erection ceremony (lol) occurred on February 22nd, 1881.
The obelisk still stands in Central Park, under the care of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Under the foundation of the obelisk is buried a time capsule containing a copy of the 1870 US census, a Bible, a Webster’s Dictionary, the complete works of William Shakespeare, a guide to Egypt, a copy of the Declaration of Independence, and a lockbox containing unknown objects.
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Music. Is. IMPORTANT!
Music conveys emotion and thought far better than anything that can be written or said. It tells stories, strengthens a scene, and evokes a feeling, whether a song is lyrical, instrumental, or just a random pop song added to a moment. And if you don't believe me, then refer to the following list. And I'm not going to explain my reasoning why for all of them. Not only because that defeats the purpose, but also because this list is so gosh dang long that it would be impossible to cover all of them. If you want me to explain my reasoning, then ask me, and I'll do so. I'll also leave links to these songs so you can see for yourself why music truly is essential.
"Contact (Final Transmission)"
"Po Finds the Truth"
"Hopes and Dreams"
"You Can't Stop this Mother F*****"
"The Real Hero"
Intro Musical Numbers That Set the Tone/Characters/Style
"In the Heights"
"More Than Survive"
"Bikini Bottom Day"
"Circle of Life"
Finales that bring stories to an epic/bittersweet conclusion and/or Curtain call
"How the Magic of Friendship Grows”
"Summer Belongs to You”
"Us Against the Universe"
"Time We Spent Together”
"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"
"Voices in My Head"
Songs that Understand a Character to their Very Core
"Wait For It"
"Weirdos Make Great Superheroes"
"Hear My Voice"
"Waiting in the Wings"
Songs That Tell A Story
"Little Miss Perfect"/"Ordinary" (I had to...)
"A Kirin Tale"
"The Ballad of Sara Berry"
"All You Wanna Do"
"Meant to be Yours"
"You'll Be Back"
"I’m the Bad Guy"
"Poor Unfortunate Souls"
"If There's a Will"
"A Story Told"
"The Room Where it Happens"
“Friends on the Other Side”
“Mother Knows Best”
“It’s Gonna Get Weird” (I know it’s not official, but it’s so awesome)
"In the Dark of the Night"
"Unleash the Magic"
"Someone Gets Hurt"
Misc. Musical Songs (Movies/TV/Broadway)
"Happily Ever After"
"One Jump Ahead" (Also known as the best way to introduce a character)
"Meet the Plastics"
"Helpless"/"Satisfied" (You can’t listen to one without the other)
"Anybody Have a Map"
“Waving Through a Window”
"You Will Be Found"
"My Dead Gay Son"
"The Faith Song"
"It's Quiet Uptown"
"Gitchee Gitchee Goo”
"Chop Away At My Heart"
"Hell to your Doorstep"
“Nothing Left to Lose”
"Into the Unknown"
"Say No to This"
"The World Was Wide Enough"
Scenes with Pop Music
"Don't Stop Me Now" scene from Shaun of the Dead
Opening Credits to Baby Driver
"Working for the Weekend" scene from Regular Show
“Mississippi Queen” scene from Regular Show
"I Get Around" scene from Regular Show
"Come and Get Your Love" scene from Guardians of the Galaxy
"Mr. Blue Sky" scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
"What's Up Danger" scene from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
"Sweet Victory" scene from Spongebob Squarepants
"All-Star" intro from Shrek (One day, people will hear “All Star” and not think of Shrek...one day.)
"I Need A Hero" cover from Shrek 2
Bo Burnham Songs...Just...Bo Burnham songs (NOT FOR KIDS)
"From God's Perspective"
"Lower Your Expectations"
"Left Brain/Right Brain"
"Are You Happy"
"We Think We Know You"
"Can't Handle This (Kanye Rap)"
If you think you could do better: Make your own list.
If you’re gonna mock me for mostly including Hamilton songs: ...Get a life.
To the rest of you, share this with your friends who don’t understand music. They might after this.
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