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  1. The Secret To Moving Heavy Stones In Egypt Has Been Discovered, And It Wasn’t Aliens

    Ancient Astronaut Theorists will be disappointed.

    You'd think that we are smart enough to understand that our ancient friends had the tools to build awe-inspiring pyramids in Egypt. However, the question of how the ancients built anything without the help of modern technology still stands. Scientists have discovered that Egyptians had their ways to efficiently move heavy stones.

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  2. Pre-Raphaelite Painters Used Ground up Humans and Cats to Make “Mummy Brown”

    I bet they wish they'd kept this...under wraps.

    If you're a fan of paintings from the 1800s through the 1960s, you've probably admired a highly-prized shade of paint called "Mummy Brown." Why the macabre name, you ask? Oh, no reason, just the ancient cat and human corpses used in its composition. Guys, now I'm worried...what's in my Bitches Brew nail polish? What?

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  3. Egyptian Cats Domesticated 2,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought, According To These Kitten Bones

    Who's a widdle recently discovered corpse? You are! Yes you are!

    Dead kittens are usually the punchline to a very tired and overly-done kind of joke on the Internet, but to scientists who've been surveying a cemetery in Hierakonpolis, Egypt, they're a very important archeological discovery that may help us pin down when exactly the human species first began to domesticate cats.

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  4. Child Finds Mummy In Attic, Accompanying Canopic Jars Only Maybe Cursed

    German citizens: keep alert for clouds of locusts and overly aggressive American cowboys.

    The childhood miracle we all wished for: finding something ancient and amazing (and maybe cursed) in the attic. One of the biggest nightmares of every parent: your child stumbling onto a dead body. Rarely do those two things intersect -- but they sure did for Alexander Kettler, the boy who found a sarcophagus in his grandmother's attic.

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  5. As Chaos Continues in Egypt, Wikipedia Can’t Decide If Latest Uprising’s a Revolution or a Coup

    Contributors to the massive online encyclopedia find themselves in conflict over how to define the recent events in Egypt.

    What's in a name? Kind of a lot, sometimes. Case in point: as supporters of the Egyptian military and those loyal to ousted former president Mohamed Morsi continue to clash in the streets, a smaller, safer clash has broken out in the pages of Wikipedia, where editors are debating whether to call this latest uprising -- which saw Morsi driven from office as the military seized control of the nation -- a coup or a revolution. That definition isn't just important semantically -- outside the hallowed halls of Wikipedia, which term is used could have real implications for U.S. foreign policy toward Egypt.

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  6. As Trouble Brews in Egypt, Facebook Plays an Interesting Role

    Social media suddenly seems a lot less silly.

    Social media has played an important role in the political situation in Egypt since the first protests began happening in Tahrir square back in 2011. As more protests erupt today, Essam El Haddad, the assistant to President Mohammed Morsi took to his Facebook page to call the opposition to Morsi a "military coup."

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  7. Mystery of the Spinning Statue Turns Manchester Museum Into a Hardy Boys Story

    What could be causing a statue to spin in a U.K. museum, apparently untouched by passersby?

    In what looks like a job for the crew of the Mystery Machine, an ancient Egyptian statue in the collection of the Manchester Museum seems to have taken on a life of its own, rotating 180 degrees in its closed glass case, apparently untouched by any outside force. A time lapse video of the statue moving -- seemingly of its own accord -- has gone viral, causing some to go full O'Reilly and claim that supernatural forces are behind the motion. Others, including noted physicist Brian Cox, remain convinced that the statue's spin can be explained without resorting to sentences containing the phrase "mummy's ghost." For our part, we want someone to find Old Man Withers, stat.

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  8. Could Game of Thrones’ Jaime Lannister Play One of the Gods of Egypt?

    old gods do new jobs

    Insert joke about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau already being a god here. The Game of Thrones actor is in negotiations to star in Summit Entertainment's Gods of Egypt. But which one would he play?

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  9. No Freedom Isn’t Free: Ancient Egyptians Paid Their Way Into Slavery

    With the sorry state the job market is currently in, having years of knowledgeable experience and a cordial workplace attitude aren't enough to improve one's station in the office. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes you just have to buck up and rely on the power of the almighty dollar to skyrocket up that corporate ladder. It's a common misconception that the oftentimes unsavory practice of paying one's way to the top is a modern conception reserved only for the truly manipulative, but a recent discovery has shown that ancient Egyptians had done the same a little over 2,000 years ago. While this development isn't all that surprising, the fact that some Egyptians paid their way into slavery is certainly baffling enough to raise an eyebrow.

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  10. 2,700 Year Old Egyptian Mummy’s Fake Toe Is World’s First Prosthetic Device, Works Surprisingly Well

    Researchers at the University of Manchester have proven that a pair of false toes found in Egyptian archaeological sites weren't just for looks. Modern tests on replicas of the ancient replacement digits show that they really do help people walk, confirming their status as the world's first prosthetic devices and pushing back the timeline on mankind's development of convenient spare body parts -- because hey, sometimes you're gonna lose a toe -- as much as half a century.

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