Egypt is a place of historical significance. Best known for its pyramids and highly advanced ancient civilizations, this nation remains a place of interest even in modern day. Here are some facts you didn’t know about the country.
Number Fifteen: They Used Moldy Food as Medicine
Antibiotics did not become widely used until not that long ago (the 20th century). Egyptians, however, were ahead of the game on this one and were known to use moldy foods or soil for ailments. Many infections were treated with moldy bread.
Number Fourteen: ‘Facebook’
A father in Egypt named his newborn girl “Facebook” in order to honor the role the social media site played in the revolution of 2011. Her full name is Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.
Number Thirteen: Kids Ran Around Naked in Egypt
It wasn’t customary to clothe your kids until they reached their teens. It was very warm there, so clothes weren’t necessary. Once they reached adulthood, men wore skirts and women took to clothing themselves in dresses.
Number Twelve: Pyramid Builders Were Paid With Beer
Four liters a day to be exact. Beer was the national currency in those times and workers often received their wages in liquid form. Beer also was taken to the “afterlife” with people when they died. It sounds like ancient Egyptians really loved their brew.
Number Eleven: The Largest Pyramid in the World is Not in Egypt
It’s a common misconception to assume that the world’s largest pyramid is in Egypt. It actually exists in South America.
Number Ten: We Borrowed a Tradition from Egypt
We all know that when people get married, they trade rings with each other and wear them. This is not something we invented. We can thank the Egyptians for starting this tradition, a long time ago.
Number Nine: Strict Religious Beliefs
A whopping 84 percent of people polled in Egypt are in favor of the death penalty as a punishment for abandoning Islam. This may seem like an outdated belief, but it stands in modern day. We hope you enjoyed part one of our article about Egypt. Be sure to come back soon for part two.