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Egypt Facts

Updated on August 22, 2009

Facts about Egypt

The casing stones for the Great Pyramid were cut in quarries from Tura and Masara located on the east bank of the Nile on outskirts of Cairo.

The Egyptian calendar, which was 365 days long and started on the day that Sirius rose in line with the sun, was instituted long back, around 4,241 B.C.

An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 workers built the Pyramids at Giza over 80 years. Much of the work probably happened while the River Nile was flooded.

The use of cosmetics dates from around 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Back then, their original purpose was to protect skin from sunlight, rather than for beauty care.

The Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu) at Giza, built around 2,570 B.C., used 2,300,000 huge stone blocks, weighing a total of 7 million tons.

Although they did not invent beer, but left us with the best documentation of ancient brewing practices.

The pyramids of Egypt, the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world, are the only one of those wonders to survive to the present day.

In ancient Egypt, slaves are known to have been murdered to serve their deceased owners to the afterlife.

In order to deter flies from landing on him, king Pepi II of Egypt always kept several naked slaves nearby whose bodies were smeared with honey.

Some ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.

Cement was invented by ancient Egyptians.

The Egyptian game of Senet is one of the world's oldest known board games.

Ancient Egyptians loved music, dancing, story-telling, and poetry.

In ancient Egypt, people worshiped gods associated with animals.


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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago


      Call me Ultimate. :)

      I am glad you liked this hub Paula. And thanx for adding this nice piece of information. Not weird for me. I understand this. You know when you are born at the place and you grow up with it between you, then there is a fair chance that one won't be amazed by the glory of it the way others are. You see many countries has such amazing historical things, but the natives don't really notice much.

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      paulawoolley 8 years ago

      Love this! I was just in Egypt this past spring. Here's another bit of trivia for you. It appeared to me that native Egyptians didn't really give much thought to the pyramids one way or another. They seemed to be very apathetic. Weird, huh?

      Thanks for this info Ultimate Hubber. Or should I call you Ultimate for short?? LOL

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Thanks Dohn!

      I have to become a machine to complete the Hub Challenge. One last hub left, which I am now doing on Pandas. Then I'll be free and I don't think I will be writing any hubs for a few days.

      I was busy setting up 4 new websites, out of which only one has become properly functional and second almost functional. Due to all this website thing I didn't keep up with the challenge but don't even want to lose it.

      I am glad someone noticed I have written the 50th hub. Thanx for the comment.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You are an absolute machine! This hub was actually number 50, I take it. Job well done.