I am so, so excited for today.
Because today is the 184th anniversary of the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Yes, it was on September 29, 1822 that Jean-François Champollion published his Lettre à M. Dacier, setting forth his (correct) arguments that the ancient Egyptians used a phonetically based writing system.
He built on the work of Thomas Young, among others, but it is Champollion who is generally credited with breaking the code.
Thank God I have events like this to give my life meaning.
Because if I were confined to Organic Potato Day I don’t know what the fuck I’d do.