Fun Facts about Egypt
The ancient land of the Pharaohs has an extremely long history and one that is full of bizarre and quirky things and modern Egyptian society can also be pretty odd to outsiders. Here are some fun facts about Egypt.
1. Egyptians invented the 365 days calendar.
2. To stop flies landing on him the Pharaoh Pepi the 2nd always kept several naked slaves nearby whose bodies were covered in honey.
3. Ancient Egyptians treated infections by eating mouldy bread, yuck!
4. In 2011 an Egyptian father named his new born daughter ‘Facebook’ to commemorate the role the social networking site played in the ‘Arab spring’ revolution. Her full name is
Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.
5. The famous Great Pyramid at Giza was built as a burial place for King Khufu (2589-2566 B.C.) and took more than 20 years to build.
6. Tourism compromises 12% of the work force in Egypt.
7. Egypt’s Nile River is the world’s longest, running 4,135 miles (6,670 km).
8. Just 150 years ago, Americans and Europeans believed that mummies had great healing powers. They ground up the mummies into powder and used it as medicine for all kinds of diseases
9. The pyramids of Egypt are not only the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world; they are the only ones to survive today. An Arab proverb captures the pyramids
endurance: “Man fears Time, yet Time fears the pyramids.”
10. Toilets were also included in some ancient Egyptian tombs
11. Some people blamed the sinking of the Titanic on a mummified Egyptian priestess the doomed ship was transporting.
12. Contrary to popular belief, Cleopatra was actually Greek, not Egyptian or African. She was a descendant of one of Alexander the Greats generals who founded the Ptolemaic dynasty.
13. The embalmer who made the first cut in the flank during the mummification process was called “the ripper.” The Egyptians considered any cut an offense to the body—so in a symbolic performance, the rest of the embalmers threw stones at the ripper and chased him away with curses.
14. The oldest dress in the world comes from Egypt. It is 5,000 years old.
15. The ancient obelisk known as Cleopatra’s Needle has suffered more damage in the 125 years it has stood in New York City from pollution and weather than in the thousands of years it stood in Egypt.
16. Cats were sacred to ancient Egyptians, in the event of a fire any cats would be rescued from the building before humans.
17. Egypt’s capital Cairo is the largest city in the whole of the Middle East and Africa.
18. The first known scientist was the Egyptian Imhotep who lived 5,000 years ago.
19. Egypt is the size of France and Germany combined but 99% of the population live on only 5.5% of the land
20. The Sahara Desert at one time was lush grassland and savannah. Overgrazing and/or climate change in 8000 B.C. began to change the area from pastoral land to desert. Now it is the world’s largest hot desert at over 3,630,000 square miles, almost the size of the USA!