COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition

Egypt Fun Facts We’ve Learned So Far… by Carli
March 3, 2008, 6:51 am
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Author: Carli

I want to share some fun facts that we’ve learned along the way.
In no particular order:

  • The population of Cairo is 18 million during the day, and 16 million at night (2 million commute into the city to work).
  • 90% of Egypt is desert; 5% residential; 5% farmland
  • Cairo is 1000 years old
  • Islam was introduced to Egypt in 641 AD
  • 90% of the country is Sunni Muslim
  • Eucalyptus trees grow everywhere due to the similar climate to Australia
  • Egyptian schools give students a grade based on a percentage of all subjects rather than an A, B, C, style system.
  • Salaries increased based on multi-lingual abilities specifically English, French, and German
  • The Nile runs north!
  • The Sphinx faces east toward the sunrise.
  • The Sphinx was cut from a single piece of limestone.

Amazing 5,000 Year Old Pottery