Something that very few people know about ancient Egyptians is that they enjoyed family game night just as much as we do! Some of the games they played included Mehen and Dogs and Jackals, but the most popular was Senet. After a long day of working along the Nile, Egyptians would play games that were invented far before 3,500 B.C.E. Although historians still argue over the rules of these games, paintings depict royalty participating, which means that games were widespread and common.
The ancient Egyptians loved honey more than you could even fathom. Their uses for honey ranged from curing burns to preventing pregnancy. One Pharaoh even went so far as to insist that all his servants be covered in honey so that all of the surrounding flies would be attracted to them instead of him. Considering the illnesses that the flies carried, it was actually a pretty smart move, but it definitely put him in the horrible boss hall of fame.
Much like each city has a favorite sports team they tune in to watch, each city had a specific god they looked up to. The cities would hold special festivals and customs would vary from city to city depending on which god the city celebrated.
On average, it took over 200 years to complete each pyramid. The pyramids were built as a palace for the deceased pharaoh to live in during the afterlife. They were filled to the brim with jewels, riches and other items any living person would need. The idea was that the pharaohs would pass into the afterlife and need as much food as they could fit into the tomb. Along with food, pets were mummified to keep their owners company long after they passed.
It's no secret that the ancient Egyptians were incredible with math. They were so great at math, though, that they were able to calculate how to build a temple that would constantly stay at 68 degrees Fahrenheit even during the scorching summer.
Although Egyptians originally wore makeup to protect themselves from the unforgiving heat, eventually it became a common custom to wear makeup because it was supposed to hold healing powers. It's ironic, though, because the black paint often used around the eye area was made from lead.
Around 150 years ago, before we began to understand how vital the studying of ancient Egypt was, mummies were a hot medical commodity. They would be ground up into a powder and used to treat infections and other diseases. Nothing like a few thousand year old bodies to cure your currently living one.
Although it is common knowledge that mummies had their brains removed with a red hot poker shoved through their nose, did you know that all the other organs from their body were taken out as well? Many body parts were removed and placed in sacred jars that the deceased would carry on into the afterlife. If your eyeballs had already begun to deteriorate, they would place ones made from onions in your head instead.