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Published on April 12th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

FACTY THINGS: 10 FACTS ABOUT EGYPT

 

Dahab, Snai | Image courtesy of jay8085, Flickr

There’s old, and then there’s Egypt old. It’s a whole new level of old. Even Cairo has been around since 969 CE (that’s just like BC but more politically correct).

1. FACEBOOK FAMILY

A man named his daughter Facebook after the role it played in the 2011 Revolution.

2. BONE DRY

Only 80 mm of rain falls in Egypt each year. That’s about two shots worth.

3. WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

Ramses II had 90 children. Fifty-six boys and 44 girls. Just think of the school bills.

4. ANTIQUE

The general consensus is that Egypt officially started in 3200 CE.

5. GOOD TASTE

Ancient Egyptians thought bread and beer were the best. They left them in the tombs of the deceased as a snack in their afterlife.

6. GOOD GOD

Each city once had a favourite god they supported. A bit like supporting your football team, only with more lightning and destruction.

7. PYRA-MIND BLOWING

The Great Pyramid is so big that if it was chopped into 30cm blocks it would circle the moon almost three times.

8. SAHARA VS SVANNAH

Much of the Sahara used to be savannah but over grazing and climate warming around 10,000 years ago took care of that.

9. FLY SWATTING

Allegedly, Pharoah Pepi II would cover his slaves in honey to attract flies away from him. We did say allegedly.

10. TOMBSTONE

Some ancient tombs had toilets built in. You know, just in case.

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