85 Incredible Facts From the Cradle of Humankind – Africa – Part 2

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26Ethiopia

Ethiopia was the only African country that was never colonized


27. Using Skype in Ethiopia can get you jailed for 15 years.


28. Ethiopia's calendar is 7 years behind the rest of the world. In 2007, the country celebrated the new millennium as they changed their calendars from 1999 to 2000.


29. Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia when the goat herder Kaldi noticed his goats were dancing after eating the beans.


30. Ethiopia adopted Christianity as its state religion in 324 before Rome did in 380.


31Paul Salopek

There is a man (Paul Salopek) who is attempting to recreate the migrations of early man by walking from Ethiopia to Patagonia. A journey estimated to take 7 years.


32. Ethiopia is home to the oldest most complete Christian Bible


33. Ethiopia has a celebrity TV (Demeke Girma) chef who believes he can combat his country's hunger problems by encouraging everyone to eat more diverse foods


34. Ethiopians cannot enjoy the highest quality coffee produced in their own country, which is the birthplace of coffee. The government only allows lower-quality beans to be sold on the domestic market, in order to promote exports and obtain a harder foreign currency.


35. In Ethiopia, they work on a 12-hour clock instead of the traditional 24 hours one and they have no intention to abolish it


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36Africa

Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world, as well as the second most populous in Africa.


37. Millions of people believe that the Arc of the Covenant is located in a small church in Ethiopia


38. In 1870, 10% of Africa was under European control; by 1914 it was 90%, with only Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and Liberia still independent.


39. By examining high-resolution satellite imagery with algorithms developed via trial-and-error, Sarah Parcak and her team have discovered 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs, and over 3,100 settlements in Egypt alone. She now wants to crowdsource "space archaeology" to prevent looting of ancient sites.


40. Because of his interest in Egyptology and difficulty fitting in with his French family, Christian Louboutin invented an elaborate fantasy in which he'd been adopted from Egypt. Years later, he learned that his biological father was, in fact, Egyptian.


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41Ancient Egyptians

In ancient Egypt, men could take time off of work to care for menstruating wives and daughters.


42. A woman made great contributions to Egyptology after hitting her head as a toddler and claiming to have unlocked a past life as a priestess in Ancient Egypt.


43. The CIA Project to Overthrow the King of Egypt was Called Project FF (Fat Fu*ker).


44. After Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism upon marrying Arthur Miller, Egypt placed a ban on all the films she appeared in.


45. The dagger found in Tutankhamun's tomb was made from iron from a meteorite


46Caesarion

Julius Ceasar's only biological son, Caesarion, was the last Pharaoh of Egypt.


47. In Egypt, actors were not allowed to testify in court because they were seen as professional liars


48. In ancient Egypt, couples were considered married whenever they moved in together wedding ceremonies were reserved for the upper classes.


49. In Ancient Egypt, the deceased bodies of beautiful and high-ranking women were left to decay for 3 to 4 days before being sent off for embalming. They did this to discourage necrophilia (sex with the dead).


50. A group of raiders (Sea People) that nearly toppled ancient Egypt. We know nothing about where they came from or who they were.

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