, Hatshepsut was the most successful female pharaoh of ancient Egypt. But after her death, her successor destroyed her statues to obliterate her memory. metmuseum.org/about-the-m…
King Farouk of Egypt, the Pickpocket King. Infamous for stealing Winston Churchill's pocket watch, he was a known kleptomaniac and would steal from several rulers. Upon escaping from Egypt, authorities found the world's largest porn collection at the time among his belongings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
Dogs would often dig up bodies and tombs in ancient Egypt, which was a problem because the dead and their belongings were sacred. So, the Egyptians gave the god Anubis a canine head and made him "protector of the dead." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anu…
Dreamworks used to punish their animators who failed at their work on Prince of Egypt, by sending them to work on Shrek. Appaerently the punishment even had a nickname - to be "Shreked." cbr.com/shrek-dreamworks-…
A lot of the greek tragedies of the classical period are "spin offs" or new takes on stories from the works of Homer. In Euripides' "Helen", Helen of Troy never really went to Troy, but unbeknownst to the Achaeans, she was in Egypt the whole time, and the trojan war was completely pointless en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned of Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)- Located in the Western Desert in Egypt, this site contains the fossilized remains of whales that show their evolution from life as a land-based animal to becoming an ocean-going mammal. whc.unesco.org/en/list/11…
In 1881 an Egyptian obelisk named Cleopatra's Needle was erected in NYC's Central Park. A capsule buried beneath holds the 1870 census, a Bible, a Webster’s Dictionary, the complete works of Shakespeare, a guide to Egypt, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. centralparknyc.org/locati…
Cleopatra was of Macedonian decent not Egyptian. When Alexander the Great died one of his Generals Ptolemy took over Egypt and founded the Ptolemaic Dynasty until the death of Cleopatra. britannica.com/biography/…
A Nazi officer named Johann von Leers praised Islam for "preventing the threatened conquest of Arabia by the Jews". He later escaped to Egypt, converted to Islam, and changed his name to Omar Amin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
During the suez crisis, the ww2 era fast minelayer HMS Manxman shadowed a US Carrier group. The Carrier group responded by moving at full speed to outrun her however Manxman responded by also moving at full speed and outran them, signaling "see you in egypt" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
After the American Civil War, former Confederate and Union officers were hired by the Egyptian military to help defeat the Ethiopian Empire during the Ethiopian-Egyptian War. However, the war ended in a military disaster for Egypt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
Egyptian pharaohs were often fat. They had high-sugar diets that were rich in bread, honey, beer, and wine. Examinations of various royal mummies show that many suffered from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Hatshepsut, Egypt's most famous woman pharaoh, was obese and had tooth decay. drmcdougall.com/misc/2011…
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…
There is no one origin of pointed birthday hats. In fact, this distinctive headgear has been around at the very least since 2800 BC, when ancient Egyptian pharaohs donned it. It is unknown if pointed hats were adopted from Egypt or if they simply began systematically appearing around the world. ehow.com/about_6458648_hi…
In Ancient Egypt, according to Herodotus' "The Histories", the bodies of noble women would not be delivered to embalmers until three or four days after death so that they would not find the corpse enticing perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
Archaeologists found almost 8 million animal mummies, mostly dogs, in the Dog Catacombs of Saqqara, Egypt. Worshippers paid to have animals killed and mummified to carry prayers to gods. Other animals (baboons, bulls, etc.) were also mummified in the Sacred Animal Necropolis. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There are electric catfish and they were known as "angry catfish" in Ancient Egypt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The Earth was shown to be curved, and how big, as early as ancient Egypt. youtube.com/watch?v=G8cbI…
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/…
In ancient Egypt, pharaohs were always depicted in paintings and statues wearing a ceremonial prosthetic beard. Since the pharaohs were regarded as children of God, the beard also indicated divinity, and was thus worn even by female pharoahs like Hatshepsut deccanherald.com/sunday-h…
Lead was once used in heavily makeup all the way back in ancient Egypt and even into the late 19th century into the US. It caused various health issues and eventually regulations had to be made. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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…
Dog paddle was the first swimming stroke used by ancient humans, believed to have been learned by observing animals swim. Prehistoric cave paintings in Egypt show figures doing what appears to be the dog paddle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Advertising goes back to ancient Egypt. Advertisments and political signs were found in Pompeii. Ancient Chinese advertisments date back to 1100 BC, advertising candy on bamboo flutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The idea behind the relocation of the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt was given by an Italian Donald Duck comics story, where Scrooge McDuck cuts the giant statues into blocks. ventennipaperoni.com/2019…
Despite being described in ancient texts as foreign invaders and barbarians; the Hyksos were born in Egypt, had lived there for centuries, practiced international diplomacy, were culturally diverse, and greatly contributed to Egyptian culture. They even introduced the iconic horse and chariot. arce.org/resource/hyksos
Camals weren't introduced to ancient Egypt until after the pyramids were built. isocard.net/images/procee…
Today I learned about Iry-Hor, the earliest ruler of Egypt known by name and is sometimes cited as the earliest-living historical person known by name. wikipedia.org/wiki/Iry-Ho…
The Mongols had a battle in Israel against the Mamluks (Egypt) and was the first permanent defeat for the Mongols en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about the Kharga Oasis, one of the five oases of Egypt’s western desert situated 200km from the Nile Valley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
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/…
King Tut of Egypt was mummified with erect penis gmanetwork.com/news/story…
The Egyptian city, 6th of October, was named after the commencement of the 1973 Arab–Israeli War on 6 October 1973, the same date chosen as Egypt's Armed Forces Day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th…
The Egyptian deity Set was once regarded as a heroic deity and protector of ancient Egypt. However, as Egypt kept getting conquered by foreign nations Set became demonized. The Greeks would later associate Set with Typhon which in turn would inspire many other demonic mythologies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set…
The game of bowling is derived from a game called Skittles, which is believed to have been played in Ancient Egypt as early as 3300 BCE. The sport is still popular in Ireland and the UK today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was born in Beirut and spent much of his youth in Lebanon and Egypt. His father was murdered when he was in college, and in his first game back the opposing ASU fans heckled him by chanting PLO and "you father's history." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
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…
19th century England was swept by "Egyptomania", a renewed interest in Egypt's past. Rich Victorians would travel to Egypt and bring back ancient mummies with which they would hold "mummy unwrapping parties" for their friends. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Raffi, the children's singer who wrote "Baby Beluga" and "Bananaphone", was born in Egypt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raf…
"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…
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…
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…
Sir David Lean's 1948 film adaption of Oliver Twist was banned in Israel for Sir Alec Guinness's performance as Fagin, which it considered too anti-Semitic. Egypt banned it for portraying Fagin too sympathetically en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
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-…
Today I learned about Air Sinai - a highly secretive paper airline flying unmarked EgyptAir jets between Cairo and Tel Aviv. It was established as part of the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, but the animosity between Arabs and Israelis following the Intifada resulted the airline 'hiding' its operations. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
In 525 BC, the Battle of Pelusium marked Egypt’s decisive defeat by the Persians and a milestone of psychological warfare. As Eygptian considered cats as sacred, the Persian Army used Cats as a shield. The Egyptians did not dare to shoot their arrows for fear of wounding the animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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-…
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…
In 2013 It snowed in Egypt english.alarabiya.net/en/…
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…

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