25 Crazy Things You Might Not Know About Ancient 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 25 Crazy Things You Might Not Know About Ancient Egypt.

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Giza Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt – featured image by Sam Valadi via Flickr CC2.0

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Contrary to popular belief, the teams that built the pyramids weren't slaves, but paid laborers. This false belief began with Herodotus, the Greek historian.

pyramidSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Interestingly enough, they were paid in beer!

beerSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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1 gallon of beer per day to be exact

beerSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The Ancient Egyptians shaved their eyebrows off to mourn the deaths of their cats

catSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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And possibly the most uncomfortable fact of the day - ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone!

egyptian pillowSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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