Sunday, February 6, 2011

Facts About Egypt - strangefacts

  • Cleopatra became queen of Egypt in 51 B.C.
  • Model soldiers date back about 4,000 years in Ancient Egypt
  • About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30
  • Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance
  • Ancient Egyptians believed that onions would keep evil spirits away 
  • Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses instead of with their lips
  • Ancient Egyptians used the spice Thyme to help preserve mummies
  • Ancient Egyptians used to think having facial hair was an indication of personal neglect
  • In 1888, an Egyptian peasant discovered an estimated three hundred thousand mummified cats in Beni Hassan, Egypt
  • In Ancient Egypt, cats were often buried with their masters, or in a special cemetery for cat
  • In ancient Egypt, doctors used jolts from the electric catfish to reduce the pain of arthritis  
  • In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked every hair from their bodies including their eyebrows and eyelashes
  • In ancient Egypt, the only person who was allowed to wear cotton was the High Priest
  • Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats
  • Ramses II, a pharaoh of Egypt died in 1225 B.C. At the time of his death, he had fathered 96 sons and 60 daughters
  • Egyptians generally live in nuclear family households, but close to extended family; in a city, related families may live in the same apartment building
  • Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible
  • Lady Peseshet of Ancient Egypt (2600-2100 BC) is the world’s first known female physician
  • The first-known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 BC
  • The longest reigning monarch in history was Pepi II, who ruled Egypt for 90 years; 2566 to 2476 BC
  • Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat
  • The earliest type of robot was a water clock invented in Egypt in 250 BC
  • Ancient Egyptians believed eating fried mice would cure a toothache
  • The casting of love spells is an ancient art. Archaeological evidence suggests they originated in Egypt about 5,000 years ago
  • In ancient Egypt when a woman's husband was convicted of a crime, she and her children would be punished as well
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