For centuries, how exactly ancient Egyptians moved massive stone blocks weighing over 2 tons and massive statues across the desert with fairly primitive technology. As it turns out, the Egyptians didn’t make a secret of their secret— it’s right up there in the painting. See it?
They moved stones on flat sleds with an upturned front edge, but if you try to drag a heavy sled across sand, the sand will build up in front, Now see the guy standing at the front of the sled? He’s pouring water on the sand. Because as it turns out, just the right amount of water increases the stiffness of the sand and reduces the force needed to pull the thing by half. Or you can just say it was aliens.
For all of his conquests and military might, the actual tomb and final resting place of Alexander the Great has remained a mystery. But archaeologists think they may have finally found his tomb, underneath the heart of one of the many cities that bear his name— Alexandria, Egypt.
King Tut was buried with a hard-on to try and quash religious rebellion. Glad that’s worked well so far for Egypt.
When the young King Tut was buried, he was given his dead penis a full salute, standing up at a straight 90 degree angle. This hasn’t entirely been clear, but one egyptologist Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo, has argued that the unusual burial of King Tut was an attempt to make him appear as Osiris, the god of the afterlife, to counter attempts by King Akhenaten to establish a monotheistic religion.
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.”