The Rosetta Stone was not meant as a way to translate hieroglyphics, it was a government document containing three languages (Hieroglyphics, Greek and Demotic) so that all the people of Egypt at the time could read it blog.britishmuseum.org/ev…
The very first strike ever recorded in history started in 1152 BC. During the reign of Rameses III in Ancient Egypt, while building a royal necropolis, the workers felt they were being underpaid, so they organized a massive strike. Their wages were actually increased and workers returned to work peoplesworld.org/article/…
There is a dialect of Arabic that isn't naturally spoken anywhere, but which is understandable to all speakers of Arabic. While people from Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen or Syria might not understand each other, they can understand the same news report. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
King Tut of Egypt was mummified with erect penis gmanetwork.com/news/story…
The earliest record of a named cat is from over 3400 years in Egypt, his name was "Nedjem" which means sweet or pleasant. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Dreamworks consulted over 300 religious’ experts for The Prince of Egypt. This included biblical scholars, theologians, archeologists, Egyptologists, clergy and different religious leaders. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Schistosomiasis, a parasite infection that causes bloody urine, was so common in Egypt that French doctors traveling with Napoleon during his 1798 campaign described Egypt as the only country where men menstruate. nature.com/articles/551S4…
Today I learned of the Sea Peoples. They were a group of raiders and pirates that nearly toppled ancient Egypt, conquering almost half the country. Archaeologists do not know anything about where they came from or who they went afterwards. britannica.com/topic/Sea-…
As late as 1000 B.C. Lions idled on the banks of the Nile and even in palaces as domesticated pets for the royals , its so rare to discover lion mummies in Egypt that only one lion mummy has ever been found by Egyptologists. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
The earliest recorded pandemic happened in Athens during the Peloponnesian War, around 430 BC. After the disease passed through Libya, Ethiopia and Egypt, it crossed the Athenian walls as the Spartans laid siege. As much as two-thirds of the population died. history.com/topics/middle…
A child prince from the Khwarezmian Empire was sold as a slave after the Mongols invaded their land and killed his family. He arrived in Egypt and rose among the ranks until he became Sultan. He then served the Mongols one of their first major defeats in history. A Historical turning point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qut…
Cat mummies were so plentiful in Egypt that, in the 1800s, an English company bought a load of 180,000, pulverized them and spread them on farm fields as fertilizer. Also so many baboons and ibises were mummified for the trade it likely drove them to extinction in Egypt. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Statue of Liberty was originally designed in the 1860s for Egypt. Named 'Progress Carrying the Light to Asia', French sculptor FrΓ©dΓ©ric Auguste Bartholdi modelled the statue after an Egyptian woman dressed in a veil. Due to costs, the idea was rejected, and a lighthouse was erected instead. architecturaldigest.com/s…
The St Petersburg Sphinxes are about 3500 years old. In 1830 Andrei Muravyov was on pilgrimage to holy places, including Egypt. Ancient sculptures impressed him so much that he immediately sent a letter to the Russian Ambassador, proposing that they aqcuire the Sphinxes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Today I learned that when Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, many Greek-Romans came to Egypt as tourist. Many of them ended up carving their names stating β€œso and so was here, and the work of these Egyptians are great” in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings. archaeology.org/news/5681…
During NapolΓ©on Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798, alcohol was not available per Egypt being an Islamic country. In lieu of alcohol, Bonaparte's troops resorted to trying hashish, which they found to their liking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about King Farouk of Egypt, who was condemned as lustful, greedy, sybaritic, and avaricious, yet one author wrote that he was the victim of "sizeism", charging that Farouk was condemned for his lifestyle because he was fat and bald. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
One of the most famous figures tied to Egypt, Cleopatra VII, was actually Greek. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
In ancient Egypt, licorice was used as medicine licoriceinternational.com…
The Statue of Liberty was orginally intended for the Suez Canal. When the Canal neared completion, the sculptor FrΓ©dΓ©ric-Auguste Bartholdi requested to build a sculpture he named "Egypt Bringing light to Asia" at the canal's entrance. When he was denied, he went with his ideas to New York. history.com/news/9-fascin…
The earliest-living historical person known by name is Iry-Hor, a predynastic pharaoh who ruled over Upper Egypt in around 3200 BC. His dynasty is regarded in Egyptology as 'Dynasty 0' - the first out of 30 dynasties that reigned over Egypt. ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/…
"Libations," the practice of pouring out alcohol in memory of those who have "passed on" was common in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. "Pouring one out for the homies" is a custom over 3,000 years old and is mentioned in the Bible, the The Iliad, and The Odyssey. vinepair.com/wine-blog/li…
Israeli singer and actress Ofra Haza sang the song "Deliver Us" in 18 different languages for the movie "The Prince of Egypt". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ofr…
Today I learned of Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement in the largest island in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland. In 1850, a Farmer Found a Secret Village Older Than The Great Pyramids of Egypt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water - have revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago - around the time the Bible sets Joseph's story in Egypt bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
Moldy bread was used to treat infected wounds more than 2000 years ago in ancient China, Greece, Serbia and Egypt. amrls.cvm.msu.edu/pharmac…
Cheetahs can be easily tamed and were kept as pets in ancient Egypt and used to hunt in Rome en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about the Bronze Age collapse, in which the Sea People invaded the Mediterranean. In 50 years the Mycenaeans, Kassites, and Hittites collapsed, while Egypt was crippled economically. Trade routes were disrupted, literacy was severely reduced andcities were destroyed or abandoned permanently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Julius Caesar’s only son, Caesarion, was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Even though Cleopatra swears he is Caesar’s son, Caesar never officially acknowledged him. factzpedia.com/2020/01/ju…
Today I learned about the Yellow Fleet. During the Israel-Egypt 6-Day-War, a group of 15 ships was trapped in a war-zone for 8 years (1967-1975) in the Suez Canal. While trapped the crews met regularly, socialized & founded an association for mutual support. They even issued postage stamps recognized worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
Today I learned of the Gnostic Gospels. Discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945, these texts carry non-canonical stories of Jesus from the perspectives of Mary Magdalene, Judas, Thomas and others. youtube.com/watch?v=MdR1y…
Dirk Obbink got a MacArthur genius grant for reassembling papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, but then got fired from Oxford Uni for allegedly fraudulently selling biblical papyri belonging to the Egypt Exploration Society as his own for millions of dollars. theguardian.com/news/2020…
The 4.2-kiloyear event was one of the most severe climatic events of the Holocene, which is said to have caused the decline of many civilizations from Egypt to the Indus valley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4.2…
The Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Ancient Egyptian, was found in 1799 during the French military expedition to Egypt, by a French Army engineer captain named Pierre-Francois Bouchard. Bouchard had been part of a unit tasked with restoring an old fort, where he spotted the slab. discoveringegypt.com/egyp…
The Statue of Liberty’s designer was inspired by colossal statues that guarded the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt egyptianstreets.com/2020/…
The earliest recorded pandemic happened during the Peloponnesian War at around 430 B.C.. After the disease passed through Libya, Ethiopia and Egypt, it crossed the Athenian walls as the Spartans laid siege. As much as two-thirds of the population died. history.com/.amp/topics/m…
The first known evidence of the use of cryptography (in some form) was found in an inscription carved around 1900 BC, in the main chamber of the tomb of the nobleman Khnumhotep II, in Egypt. The scribe used some unusual hieroglyphic symbols here and there in place of more ordinary ones. access.redhat.com/blogs/7…
The last known population of Woolly Mammoths lived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean until 4,000 years ago, well into the start of human civilization and concurrent with the construction of the Great Pyramid of ancient Egypt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
The Blue Hole is a 120-metre-deep sinkhole, five miles north of Dahab, Egypt. Its nickname is the β€œdivers’ cemetery”. Divers in Dahab say 200 died in recent years. Many of those who died were attempting to swim under the arch. This challenge is to scuba divers what Kilimanjaro is to hikers. theguardian.com/world/201…
The first known case of Gigantism is alleged to be that of King Sa-Nakht, who ruled in Egypt in the 3rd dynasty more than 4700 years ago. His height was around 6ft 1.6 inches (1.87m) while the average height for men around that time was 5ft 6 inches (1.7m) realmofhistory.com/2017/0…
The time between the first and last dynasty of ancient Egypt is more than 1000 years longer than between the last dynasty and now en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Hatshepsut, the first female ruler of ancient Egypt who acted as a full pharaoh. In art, she had herself depicted as a male ruler; she wore a false beard, had her breasts reduced and deemphasized, and her shoulders portrayed as broad and manly. She brought Egypt into a period of prosperity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
The first ever strike in written records was amongst the workers by the Valley of The Kings in Egypt, around 1170 B.C en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dei…
In 430 BC a plague originating in Egypt broke out- spreading to Persia, Libya and Athens. The plague killed more than a quarter of the population. erenow.net/ancient/greek-…
Today I learned of the Dryton and Apollonia archive, a family archive from 2nd century BC Egypt which contains info for 3 generations of a soldier's family, in the form of wills, divorce papers, financial accounts, personal letters etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
St. John of Egypt, whose feast day is today, spent most of his life in just three rooms in a cave. He would preach to crowds from a little window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Coca-Cola came under scrutiny in Egypt in 1951 because of a conspiracy that the Coca-Cola logo, when reflected in a mirror, spells out "No Mohammed No Mecca" in Arabic. After some analysis the Department of Fatwas declared the drinks permissible under Islamic law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cok…
During the 6 Day War President Nasser of Egypt attempted to step down and handed power to Vice President Zakaria Mohieddin. Mohieddin Refused the position and thousands began protesting the resignation; forcing Nasser to remain president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
Complex mathematics does not appear until 3000 BC with ancient texts from Mesopotamia & Egypt appearing in 2000-1800 BC. The Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient & widespread development in mathematics after basic arithmetic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The largest Pyramid in the World is not in Egypt. It's actually located in Puebla, Mexico andis named the Great Pyramid of Cholula. It is an ancient Aztec temple with a base four times larger than Giza's, and nearly twice the volume. It's also hidden in a mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Persian empire was founded by Cyrus the Great. Cyrus first conquered the Median Empire in 550 BC and then went on to conquer the Lydians and the Babylonians. Under later kings, the empire would grow to where it ruled Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, and Turkey. ducksters.com/history/mes…
Ancient Egyptians loved board games and a well-known Bronze Age game which was invented in Egypt 4,000 years ago had one player choose Hounds pegs the other Jackals pegs. Carved out of Ivory the game was found in Mesopotamia, Israel, Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan, Levant and the Mediterranean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
While pyramids are associated with Egypt, the nation of Sudan has 220 extant pyramids, the most numerous in the world wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrami…
Today I learned of Ulrich Schnaft a Waffen SS soldier who Immigrated to Israel joined the IDF and was later arrested for spying for Egypt military.wikia.org/wiki/U…
Today I learned of Muhammad Ali Pasha, an Albanian who rose through the ranks of the Ottoman army to become viceroy of Egypt. While viceroy, he destroyed the first Saudi state, conquered Sudan, and launched a rebellion which almost overthrew the Sultan, before being halted by European intervention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muh…
Today I learned of the Yellow Fleet, fifteen ships that were stuck in the Suez Canal for eight years from 1967 to 1975 owing the dispute between Egypt and Israel. In that time, the crews formed a mutual aid association, a yachting club, and a postal service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
There is archeological evidence that humans used implants to replace missing teeth for thousands of years. In China with have carved bamboo pegs, Egypt have similarly shaped pegs and Mayans with sea shells. Bone growth around the implants, indicates that they were functional as well as esthetic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Hedgehogs are a food source in many cultures. Hedgehogs were eaten in Ancient Egypt and some recipes of the Late Middle Ages call for hedgehog meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hed…
Scientists developed a plan to boost Egypt's hydroelectric capacity by using 200+ atom bombs to carve a canal between the Qattara Depression and the Mediterranean to create a vast inland sea. The proposal was rejected cntraveler.com/story/why-…
Slave Bible, an abridged version of the bible made for slaves, in which the enslaved Israelites never left Egypt and lines that condemn slave owners were removed. history.com/news/slave-bi…
In ancient Egypt, under the decree of Ptolemy II, all ships visiting the city were obliged to surrender their books to the library of Alexandria and be copied. The original would be kept in the library and the copy given back to the owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
The oldest monument in Paris is over 3,000 years old. The Ottoman ruler of Egypt gave a 75 ft, 250 ton ancient Egyptian obelisk to France in exchange for a mechanical clock in 1833. The obelisk was placed in the center of the Place de la Concorde where it stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
The first method of pregnancy test dates back to 1350 BC in Egypt. The method was urinating on wheat and barley seeds. If they sprout, you had a baby. Suprisingly, studies show that this test has a accuracy of 70%. youtube.com/watch?v=aOfWT…
In 1940, Gen. Bonner Fellers was assigned as an attachΓ© to the British in Egypt, reporting on operations back to the US. Despite his repeated concerns, he was told to transmit intel by radio. For 6 months, the Germans intercepted these, relying on them so much, he was called "The Good Source" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Napoleons troops got stoned af after their conquest of alcohol-free Egypt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey to attract flies away from the pharaoh. creatinghistory.com/pharo…
In ancient Egypt priests were forbidden from eating onions britishonions.co.uk/essen…
The Confederate states tried to win British recognition by leveraging the importance of their cotton crop to Britain, but this failed as Albanian-ruled Egypt, inspired by Napoleon, had cultivated enough cotton to fill the gap. This cotton wealth kept them in power even during British invasions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
An American citizen, Jeremiah Heaton, claimed an unclaimed, undisputed area of land between Sudan and Egypt of about 795 square feet. His new nation was named North Sudan, and serving as king, Heaton applied for United Nations Observer Entity status. kingdomsudan.org/page/his…
The Ancient Egyptian historian Manetho claimed that Moses was an Egyptian priest named Osarseph who led a colony of leper slaves and invited barbarians to destroy Egypt. After 13 years, the pharaoh Amenhotep and his son Ramses drive them out of Egypt. Osarseph then changes his name to Moses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
Shrek was known as the "gulag" of DreamWorks, where animators would be sent if their work on "The Prince of Egypt" was not satisfactory. nypost.com/2010/05/16/ugl…
Marshmallow was originally a plant, it’s usage traces back to Greece and Egypt for thousands of years, had medicinal properties and helped with sore throat, but somewhere along the way lost its core natural component and became just fluff sugar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt…
The world's first mental health hospital was built in Baghdad, Iraq in 705 AD. While mental health patients were being condemned, punished, and even burned in Europe, 8th and 9th century mental health patients in Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were given more proper hospitalization and treatment. citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/vie…
Long-eared hedgehogs are nocturnal mammals native to the arid deserts and steppes of Egypt through to Central Asia, where they typically live in burrows. Their ears are much larger than those of other species of hedgehogs and are considered an adaptation for heat radiation in desert climates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
In ancient Egypt Iron was known as "Ba-en-pet" meaning, "Metal of Heaven" since humans hadn't discovered the process of smelting iron ore and the only source of Iron then was through fallen meteors smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Electrum is a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. It was used as early as the third millennium BCE in Egypt, as an exterior coating to the pyramidions atop pyramids and obelisks. The first metal coins ever made were of electrum and for a few decades, the Nobel Prize medals were too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The original, ancient name for the 2nd largest pyramid in Egypt, the pyramid of Khafre, is "Great is Khafre". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
The oldest plastic surgery was in Egypt, dated to the Old Kingdom from 3000 to 2500 BC and reconstructive surgery techniques were being carried out in India by 800 BC. The Romans were able to perform plastic cosmetic surgery, such as repairing damaged ears, from around the 1st century BC. wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasti…
Cleopatra was not Egyptian. While Cleopatra was born in Egypt, she traced her family origins to Macedonian Greece and Ptolemy I Soter. Ptolemy took the reigns of Egypt after Alexander’s death in 323 B.C. and he launched a dynasty of Greek-speaking rulers that lasted for three centuries history.com
The word "sesame" is at least 3600 years old and has been used to describe the same plant since ancient Egypt and Sumeria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ses…
The oldest living animals are black corals over 4,000 years old, nearly as old as the pyramids of Egypt llnl.gov/news/deep-sea-co…
Teotihuacan was the largest city anywhere in the Western Hemisphere before the 1400s. It had thousands of residential compounds and scores of pyramid-temples, comparable to the largest pyramids of Egypt. It contains a massive central road and buildings but oddly, no military structures nationalgeographic.com/ar…
In ancient Egypt, original marshmallows - made from the roots of the Althaea officinalis plant - were reserved for royalty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about the Magyarab people. They are of Hungarian ancestry and live along the Nile River in Egypt and Sudan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
The war between Israel and Egypt in 1967 ended up trapping 14 unlucky Cargo Ships in the Suez Canal for eight years. During this period crew members drank so much beer, they speculated there must be five feet of beer bottles on the lake's floor. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Egypt's "Giza complex invites speculation and debate. Its three pyramids . . . were built during the Old Kingdom, roughly 2,575 to 2,150 BC. Yet the nearby Sphinx is not referred to in any hieroglyphic inscription from that period, and its origin and purpose remain unknown." nature.com/articles/55033…
Today I learned of El Mahrousa, the official presidential Super-Yacht of Egypt. It was built in 1863 by English engineers, it's the oldest yet still the 9th largest Yacht in the world. It has carried three Egyptian leaders into exile, ended a dynasty, and carried the Egyptian delegation to the 1979 peace talks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
Today I learned of the Graffito of Esmet-Akhom, the last known inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphs, the carving was done on the 24th August 394 when Egypt was under Roman control and mostly Christian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
In Ancient Egypt, elite dined off meat, fruit, vegetables, and honey-sweetened cakes enhanced by the finest of wines, but the poor were limited to a more monotonous diet of bread, fish, beans, onions and garlic washed down with a sweet, soupy beer historyextra.com/period/a…
In 1969, Qaddafi and his officers waited until King Idris was out of Libya, being treated for a leg ailment at a Turkish spa, and then toppled his government in a bloodless coup. The monarchy was abolished, and Idris traveled from Turkey to Greece before finding asylum in Egypt history.com/this-day-in-h…
The practice of pouring of a liquid in memory of those who have "passed on" was common in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. "Pouring one out for the homies" is a custom over 3,000 years old! vinepair.com/wine-blog/li…
The oldest D20 dice was uncovered in Egypt and dates back around 30 BC cnet.com/news/ancient-d20…
A Palestinian Businessman operates a smuggling business to deliver KFC from Egypt to the Gaza Strip through a secret underground tunnel nytimes.com/2013/05/16/wo…
The Romans absolutely despised Egypt's ruling dynasty the Ptolemies. On one occasion Ptolemy requested audience with Rome. Rome sent Cato the Younger who granted Egypt's king an audience after having taken "purging medicine" (diuretics) and never got off the toilet while speaking with him. constitution.org/rom/plut…
Simon the Tanner was a saint associated with the story of the moving of the Mokattam Mountain in Cairo, Egypt. The challenge was to prove faith can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). They claimed that the miracle occurred on November 27, 979 AD. Simon also plucked out his eye following Matthew 5:29 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Some species of ground sloth survived to at least 4,200 years ago. Meaning that many species survived on islands in the Caribbean until around the time of the end of the old kingdom in Ancient Egypt. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned Egypt was over 3100 years old at the inception of the Roman Empire historyextra.com/period/a…
The coin-operated vending machine was invented about 2,000 years ago by Hero of Alexandria, an engineer and mathematician in first-century Roman Egypt. Users inserted a coin, which fell onto a pan that was attached to a lever that opened a valve and dispensed holy water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Egypt is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible almost seven hundred times, and it is referred to another 25 times in the New Testament, making it the most frequently mentioned place outside Canaan in the Bible bibleodyssey.org/en/place…

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