95 Pretty Great Facts About Africa You Never Knew – Part 2

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76Napolean's Egypt invasion

In 1798, Napolean Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt brought a team of 160 scientists, astronomers, engineers, architects, artists, interpreters, and printers to record and document what he found.


77. The last ruling king of Egypt, King Farouk once had a nightmare about lions attacking him and decided to go to the Cairo zoo and shoot two lions while they were in their cages.


78. There are more pyramids in one small section of the northern Sudanese desert than there are in the whole of Egypt.


79. The ancient Egyptians measured the flood levels of the Nile and levied taxes according to how high water levels were. If the water level indicated there would be a strong harvest, taxes would be higher.


80. The Egyptian word for cat is Mau and is pronounced 'Meow'


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81Israel war

Immediately after the founding of Israel on May 14, 1948, before their defense force was even founded, five Arab nations (Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan) declared war on it


82. The first pregnancy tests on record were in Ancient Egypt. Women would pee on a field of wheat and barley. If the wheat sprouted, it was going to be a girl. If the barley sprouted, it was going to be a boy. If neither sprouted, the woman wasn't pregnant.


83. One of the first examples of monotheism in history was in Egypt. Akhenaten attempted to change from the traditional faith to sole worship of the sun god Aten.


84. In Egyptian Mythology the God Horus claims dominance over Egypt by feeding his semen on lettuce to his uncle Set


85. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was translated into Hebrew by Israeli combat pilots trying to pass the time while being imprisoned in Egypt, and their translation is considered the superior of two versions.


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86Egyptian cats

When a cat died in Ancient Egypt, their human family would go into a deep mourning and shave their eyebrows.


87. During a visit to Egypt in 2012, Hillary Clinton was pelted with tomatoes and shoes, while the protesters chanted "Monica, Monica"


88. Inscribed pottery from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt list three human genders.


89. Augustus Caesar had a net worth of $4.6 trillion and he even owned Egypt.


90. Cleopatra of Egypt was of Greek descent and she was the first in her dynasty who could speak Egyptian


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91Sexual harassment

In a 2008 survey, 62% of Egyptian men freely admitted perpetrating sexual harassment, with 98% of foreign women claiming they had experienced harassment


92. The last descendant of the ancient Egyptian language, Coptic, died as a spoken language by the 1600s. It has survived until today as the language of religious services of Egypt's 10% Christian minority-the Copts. The alphabet uses Greek letters plus extra letters deriving from hieroglyphics


93. The effects of the Icelandic volcano Laki killed 25% of the Icelandic population, at least 23,000 people in Britain, more deaths in Europe, freak weather for a year, and may have caused a famine in Egypt which killed 1/6th of Egypt's population.


94. In 1913, the first practical thermal solar 'power plant' was built in Egypt, it generated power using polished steel to focus the sunlight. Unfortunately, World War 1 broke out and the power plant was abandoned due to the conflict in the area and oil became a much more attractive energy source.


95. Dreamworks punished struggling animators who were working on Prince of Egypt by sending them to work on Shrek.

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