Egypt: 15 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

We already brought you the first half of this article about the amazing Egypt, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the African country that you definitely (probably) did not know below.

Number Eight: We’ll Never Know How They Spoke

Hieroglyphs don’t have any vowels, so for us, it’s really impossible to tell how their words were pronounced. I guess we’ll just have to wonder forever.

Number Seven: Hillary Clinton Had a Terrible Time in Egypt

Hillary Clinton visited Egypt in 2012 and was protested heavily. The anti-Hillary folk pelted her with tomatoes and shoes while chanting “Monica! Monica! Monica!”

Number Six: Fat Pharaohs

Apparently the depictions we’ve seen of thin and elegant looking Pharaohs are not the most accurate pictures in the world. According to history, these men were actually quite overweight, due to their diet of alcohol, bread, and lots of sweets (including honey).

Number Five: Crocodile Feces

Ancient texts exist which are thought to contain much wisdom about a variety of things. One of these is called the Egyptian Kahun Papyrus. It was created in 1850 B.C. and recommends using crocodile feces as a form of contraception or even to abort an unwanted pregnancy.

Number Four: Ancient Egyptians Enjoyed Board Games

After a long day slaving in the heat, Egyptians often chilled out by playing board games. Several different forms of board games were enjoyed, including “Mehen” and “Dogs and Jackals.”

Number Three: The Oldest Pregnancy Test

This was called The Berlin Papyrus (1800 B.C). According to legend, all a woman had to do was pee on cereal. If the cereals turned to barely, she was having a boy. If it turned to wheat, that meant a baby girl.

Number Two: A Mummy Caused the Sinking of the Titanic?

Most people know how the Titanic crashed. It was rumored, however, that this tragedy was the fault of some of the cargo aboard the famous ship – an Egyptian mummy.

Number One: The Second Most Populous Country in Africa

Nigeria is the first. Most Egyptians are Muslim, but a small Christian population also exists. We hope you enjoyed our informative article about Egypt.