Interesting stuff about Egypt

March 2, 2012 | In: History facts

The pyramids, one of the 7th Wonders of the Ancient world are situated in Egypt. So, there’s at least one strong motive to make your holidays there. Here are other interesting stuff about Egypt:

Silver was considered more valuable then gold in Ancient Egypt.

The Ancient Egyptians were the first to invent paper, using the so-called papyrus.

Ancient Egyptians not only mummified their leaders, but animals as well.

Ancient Egyptians were the first to use pigeons as messengers. Many centuries after, the Europeans started to use them again.

The Famous Sphinx actually had a nose. But it lost it in 1798 when Napoleon’s soldiers used it for target practice.

The Ancient Egyptians loved their cats so much that if one of their cats died, they would shave off their eyebrows and mourn until their eyebrows grew back. Quite an animal loving civilization, don’t you agree?

The 365 days calendar and the 24-Hour division as we know them today are, you guessed it, Egyptian inventions.

Cement was first invented by the Egyptians, because they needed something to stick bricks to one another, mainly in the construction of the famous pyramids.

The Egyptians did not invent beer, even though many say that. In fact, these people left us with the best documentation of ancient brewing practices.

Egyptian workers organized the first known labor strike.

The earliest known wine cellars were discovered in Egypt, not in Greece, nor Rome.

Ancient Egyptians knew how to cure meat and preserve food using natron, sodium bicarbonate, also used in the mummification process.

This astounding culture dates back to 2000 B.C. and is still one of the most fascinating facts of all time. It’s strange how many things we use today are still based 3000 years ago.

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