Back in their day, 2380 to 2320 BC, the fifth dynasty of Egypt’s Old Kingdom,, Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep, were highly regarded as the chief manicurists to the king. When archeologists opened their tomb in Cairo in 1964, they were surprised and we like to think delighted to find images of Niankhkhnum (“Life belongs to Khnum”) and Khnumhotep (“Khnum is satisfied”) embracing, holding hands, and nose kissing – when at the time it was unspeakable for two men even to be entombed together. Of course, experts have argued that the two were brothers or possibly conjoined twins – anything but gay. But, hello, they were manicurists! Why is the New York Times writing about this now?