Mummy's Vocal Cords Prove a Rich Vein for Britney Spears-Loving Dubbers

What would a 3,000-year-old mummy sound like if it could speak today? According to some Britney Spears fans, the ancient remains would probably make her signature "Mmmyea" sound.

Spears' notable ad-lib made the rounds on social media on Monday, after a Twitter user resurfaced a video about scientists recreating a part of the voice belonging to the Egyptian priest Nesyamun, who was known for singing and chanting at the Karnak temple in Thebes. In the original CBS This Morning report, which aired back in January, the Nesyamun sound scientists were able to produce appeared to be a lot more like a scream; but folks on Twitter decided to have a little bit more fun with it by dubbing the recording with Spears' voice.

Mummy's Vocal Chords Prove a Rich Vein
Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, "Britney: Domination" at Park MGM on October 18, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears's fans laced her voice over a recording of sounds produced by a 3,000-year-old mummy's vocal cords. Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Responding to a clip of the original report, Twitter user @nicetumichiu shared his now-viral version of the mummy's voice with a dub of Spears' famous ad lib. "That's not the real one," he wrote.

That's not the real one pic.twitter.com/GygBsyDVJD

— TutanLadrona (@nicetumichiu) July 14, 2020

It didn't take long for dozens of other Twitter users to that lead and replace Nesyamun's voice with what they thought the mummy might sound like today. One person dubbed Nesayuman's voice with a screaming monkey, another gave him the sobs of a crying man. One user even replaced Nesayman's voice with that of Cardi B's.

"Nah, here's the real one," on tweeter wrote, including a dub of the Bronx rapper yelling out, "Coronavirus!"

Nah, here's the real one.. pic.twitter.com/GJwHDyiiMe

— Mo 🌊🌈🐝🥐 (@moevila) July 14, 2020

Nesyamun's mummified remains were residing at Leeds City Museum in England for the past 200 years. In 2016, a team of scientists led by Dr. David Howard, a speech scientist at Royal Hollow, University of London, transported the mummy to a nearby hospital. A quick CT scan of Nesyamun's remains found that much of his throat was still intact despite the fact that he'd been dead for more than 3,000 years. The discovery was fitting considering Nesyamun's coffin was sealed with the inscription, "Nesyamun, true of voice."

"He had this wish that his voice would somehow continue into perpetuity," Howard told the New York Times in January.

The doctors used a CT scanner to create a 3-D-printed version of Nesyamun's lips, mouth and throat, which they paired with an electronic larynx. The technology allowed them to reconstruct a "sound that would come out of his vocal tract if he was in his coffin and his larynx came to life again," according to Howard.

The doctors were only able to muster a single sound from the synthesized voice, which mimicked the "ah" and "eh" vowel sound.

honestly surprised nobody beat me to it pic.twitter.com/ndpYZmLfsP

— Yeshua (@yeshua3s) July 14, 2020