Egypt denies today's Pyramid closure related to 11/11/11 rituals

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

We get an 11/11/11 every thousand years, and that makes it special—so special in fact that rumors have been swirling about planned magic rituals meant to harness the calendar juju. Some of these rumors are centered on Egypt's legendary, millennia-old Great Pyramid of Giza, and today that pyramid happens to be closed.

Coincidence? Egypt says yes.

The pyramid was closed all day Friday by Egypt's antiquities authority ahead of rumors that Masonic or Jewish rituals were being planned on the site for 11:11 a.m. on 11/11/11. It sounds like the start of a Dan Brown novel or something, but antiquities officials say they just happened to decide to close the pyramid today.

Mustafa Amin, head of the antiquities authority, said the rumors were "completely lacking in truth," though Giza pyramid complex director Ali al-Asfar did say that one group requested last month to hold a "Hug the Pyramid" event today. The permit request for the event was denied, but if it had happened, it would have involved 120 people joining hands around the pyramid, just like the Whos in Whoville.

Despite that request, and an online campaign by some Egyptians to stop it from happening, al-Asfar also denies the claims that the pyramid was closed because people wanted to hug it, or worship it, or sacrifice virgins on it. He said the closure was simply related to maintenance, and noted that all the other, smaller pyramids in the complex are still open.

Does anyone think that maybe this means Michael Bay was right, and there's a big space robot superweapon hidden in that thing?

(via The Huffington Post)