A mummy wearing Adidas boots — or shoes that appear to have the Adidas logo on them — is making headline news this week. According to the Daily Mail, a photo of a 1,500-year-old Mongolian mummy is being passed around the internet, and many people are convinced that the shoes on the ancient woman were made by the popular shoe brand.
As most people know, Adidas shoes are recognizable by the three stripes on each side of the sneaker or boot. It is clear as day that the mummy is wearing a pair of shoes with stripes, which is how the correlation came to be. While the “stripes” are more than likely pieces of fabric (think more like a pointe shoe), it’s hard not to associate them with the Adidas brand.
— Cosmopolitan India (@CosmoIndia) April 13, 2016
The speculation (albeit humorous) comes about one week after archaeologists in Mongolia posted the photo of the mummified body that they found in the Altai Mountains (which unite Siberia in Russia and Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan).
The find itself is pretty incredible, but most people just can’t seem to get past the shoes on the mummy. It’s pretty entertaining.
The “mummy wearing Adidas shoes” has made social media users joke about time-travel, since Adidas shoes weren’t around 1,500 years ago. Or perhaps, this particular woman had impeccable style before such a thing was even “cool.” Twitter is undoubtedly having a Field Day with the picture.
— Lama khaled (@LamaKha92167804) April 14, 2016
— Jenahra (@Jenahra) April 13, 2016
tremendous stuff finding a mongolian mummy wearing a pair of adidas trainers
— Jonny Howe (@howe92) April 12, 2016
The mummy wearing Adidas chatter doesn’t seem to be slowing down any, but archeologists aren’t playing into the noise. Those involved with the amazing find have turned their focus on dissecting the mummified body and checking into the other things that were found alongside her inside the grave she was buried in.
“A host of possessions were found in the grave, offering a unique insight into life in Mongolia in around the 6th century AD. These included a saddle, bridle, clay vase, wooden bowl, trough, iron kettle, the remains of an entire horse, and ancient clothing. There were also pillows, a sheep’s head and felt travel bag in which were placed the whole back of a sheep, goat bones and small leather bag designed to carry a cup,” reports the Daily Mail.
— Cover Mongolia (@CoverMongolia) April 11, 2016
The mummy wearing Adidas trend likely won’t be slowing down any time soon. While most people are just having fun with the photos, conspiracy theorists seem to be really convinced that time-travel exists and that this is the proof they’ve been waiting for. Meanwhile, archaeologists are hoping for something a bit more… solid.
“The find will help form a deeper understanding of the native Turkic people in ancient Mongolia. The grave was located 9,200 feet (2,803 meters) above sea level. This fact and the cool temperatures helped to preserve the grave, which sat three metres deep.”
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