As citizens of, or even merely inhabitants of the country of Egypt, we are familiar with the area. However, there are a few facts that even you, a fellow citizen of Egypt, probably did not know, including the following:

  1. Many are aware that Egypt is home to the longest river in the world. However, it is also one of the only rivers in the world that flows North.
  2. Considering Egypt is mostly a desert, it is not that hard to believe that it is one of the most arid countries, as it receives an average of just half an inch of rain yearly.
  3. The ancient Egyptians were the first to adopt a yearly calendar of 365 days, for they used it to track the flooding of the nile.
  4. Ancient Egyptians were the first to invent clocks
  5. Further along the topic of ancient Egyptians, they actually worshiped over 1,000 gods/goddesses
  6. A Pharaoh (king in ancient Egypt) always wore a crown or headdress that covers the hair
  7. Additionally, Pharaoh Pepi supposedly would spread honey on his slaves so that they would attract flies and keep them away from him
  8. Egypt has more Facebook users than any other country in the Middle East
  9. Although Facebook does have a prominent value to most Egyptians, it has gone to an extreme with one of the fathers in Egypt, as he named his daughter Facebook in order to commemorate the 2011 Egyptian revolution happening through Facebook.
  10. Sadly, Egypt has an extremely high illiteracy rate of 83% for men and 56% for women.
  11. Egypt is the 15th most populated country in the world.
  12. It is also the 30th biggest country
  13. Only about 5.5% of the land in Egypt is inhabited
  14. Contrary to common belief, it was not Napoleon who destroyed the Sphinx’s nose, as there are sketches of the Sphinx without a nose 60 years before Napoleon ever entered Egypt
  15. Although Egypt has the tallest pyramid in the world, it is actually not the biggest volume wise. The biggest pyramid in the world, known as Cholula, is located in Mexico.
  16. Due to the transporting of a mummified priestess on the titanic, some view the sinking of the ship as a curse and blame it on the mummy.

By Jumana Mohamed