While King Tut wasn’t the biggest deal ever on the Nile compared to the achievements of other ancient Egyptian pharaohs, the fact that so much of him and his belongings were in tact has made him incredibly important to historians. Though Tut has been very thoroughly examined since his discovery in 1922, it was only until now that scientists realized that his embalming didn’t go well, leading to his body being marred all over by postmortem chemical burns.
As it turns out, the Great Library of Alexandria was destroyed mostly by government budget cuts, not fire
The burning of the Great Library of Alexandria, the destruction of tens of thousands of scrolls, the rivers running black with ink, is one of the great intellectual tragedies of history, but it may not have all gone down as books and Hollywood have described. The remains of the Great Library show almost no evidence of fire or destruction— as it turns out, the Library was nearly dead from government budget cuts before Caesar destroyed a warehouse full of scrolls bound for export.
With Chinese tourism exploding around the world, there are a lot of Chinese who are off seeing the world when only a generation ago, such things were impossible. And sometimes these new world travelers have gotten a bad rap for being unruly. And so when a 15 year old Chinese teenager, visiting the monuments of Egypt with his parents, decided it would be fun to deface ancient Egyptian art, it managed to piss off pretty much everybody.
Probably because chicken is fucking delicious and pork is a no-no in Islam, KFC does incredibly good business in North Africa and the Middle East. KFC is so popular in the Arabic world that when people in Gaza were unable to get the Colonel’s secret recipe by normal means, people built a secret tunnel to smuggle the stuff up from Egypt.
Last week, a group of Russians photographers apparently climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. They hid from guards for four hours after the end of the visits and began to climb. According to one of the photographers, climb the pyramid can give punishment of one to three years. But it was worth it. “I was speechless,” he wrote. “I felt a creepy pleasure, an absolute happiness.”
Right now, Egypt is in a weird place. President Mohammed Morsi is replacing the ousted Hosni Mubarek, and he’s being watched carefully by the Arab world, by Israel, by the US, UN and the people of Egypt. Shit’s about to blow up in the Middle East again, and Morsi is trying to balance loyalties… so when today he announced he was granting himself new powers like a complete lack of judicial oversight, it pissed of Egyptians and it pissed off the US State Department.
No really, what a douche. Twenty four year old Moustafa “Big Mo” Ismail of Egypt officially has the title of the world’s biggest biceps. Apparently, he’s moving to America to have access to better training equipment to get SUPER DUPER BICEPS.
Finally I would like to point out it kinda looks like he had breast implants, but in his arms.
Most of the ancient pyramids in Egypt are pretty easy to find. They’re the really, really big pyramid shaped things in the middle of an otherwise fairly flat desert. But what about the reeeeeally old ones? The above image, spotted on Google Earth, may be a group of some of the first pyramids, well before the famous ones at Giza. So old that they’re nothing but worn down mounds.