“We Found Better Stuff!”

Every day I walk though the  Archaeologists & Travelers in Ottoman Lands to get to my office and I’m reminded of a rather funny commercial for Snapple. There’s a striking resemblance between the explorer who exclaims, “We Found Better Stuff!” and Osman Hamdi Bey who is a key subject in our Archaeologists & Travelers in Ottoman Land exhibit.

Osman Hamdi Bey

If you view the video in the beginning you can (or may not) see what I’m talking about in terms of the resemblance. The beard, the nose, the glasses all fit into Hamdi Bey’s motif, the only addition is the safari fat.  I’m starting to wonder if Snapple actually used Hamdi Bey as the archetype of what an explorer/archaeologist is supposed to look like.

Usually we wouldn’t post a commercial on this blog but I thought it was salient to the exhibit, and I do rather enjoy Snapple’s Fruit Punch and Grapeade.

Make sure you visit the Museum and see what kind of Stuff you can find in the Archaeologists & Travelers in Ottoman Lands exhibit through June 26th 2011.

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