[dropcap]C[/dropcap]AIRO, EGYPT -When you think about ancient Egypt, what comes to mind? Pyramids, pharaohs, cats maybe? You probably have at least a passing knowledge of what Ancient Egypt was like, but its intrigue goes much deeper than just what you see on TV or magazines.
These are 12 Crazy Things You Might Not Know About Ancient Egypt.
-To keep flies away, some pharaohs kept slaves nearby that were smeared in honey.
-Both men and women wore makeup, It was usually green (made of copper) or black (made from lead). They believed that makeup had healing powers. Originally, however, the Egyptians used it as sunscreen.
-Children didn’t wear clothes until they were teenagers.
-Pharaohs never let their hair be seen and would always wear a headdress called a nemes.
-Rich Egyptians usually wore wigs.
-Poor Egyptians usually wore pig tails or just had their hair long.
-Boys usually had their heads shaved except for one long braid. This was meant to protect against lice.
-Egyptians believed that the Earth was flat, circular, and that the Nile flowed right through the middle.
-Although women enjoyed legal and economic equality with men, they were not seen as socially equal.
-During mummification, the brain was pulled out through the nostrils. The only organ left in the body was the heart because it was believed to contain the soul.
-Many ancient tombs were found to contain toilets.
– The world’s oldest dress was found in Egypt and is estimated to be 5,000 years old.