50 Creepy Facts about Mummies

By: Fact Republic

1. Ferdinand I used to embalm the bodies of his enemies to create a "museum of mummies" that he would often show his guests.

2. When the mummy of Ramesses II needed to be moved to Paris for restoration, it was issued an Egyptian passport that listed his occupation as "King (deceased)."

The mummy was received with the full military honors as is usually accorded to any royalty.

3. The mummy of Lady Dai, who died in 163 B.C, is considered the best-preserved mummy in the world.

She still had moist, soft skin, movable limbs, intact organs and veins with still small amounts of type A blood in them, distinct fingerprints.

4. In the late 1800's you could buy a mummy from street vendors in Egypt & Victorian era parties that were the highlight of the social season were called “A Mummy Unwrapping Party!”

5. During the early to mid-19th century, “Mummy Unrolling” was a theatrical event that was quite popular, entertaining to the audience.

Thomas "Mummy" Pettigrew was the leading unwrapper of his time.

6. Ancient Nubian mummies found to have the modern antibiotic Tetracycline in their bones which they got from beer.

7. Mummies are sometimes used in medicine to calibrate CAT scan machines.

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