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Ancient Roman Socks

These magnificently preserved socks date back to Roman Egypt, c. 250-420 A.D. Are they designed for two-toed people? Not quite: The big toe divided from the others suggest that the socks were probably meant to be worn with sandals. It is unclear whether the socks formed offerings to the dead or were used as foot coverings. [...]

11 of the Richest People in History

Coming up with a definitive list of the richest people of all time is almost impossible, thanks to the difficulties that arise with comparing different currencies and adjusting for inflation over thousands of years. But these 11 men were up there in the 0.001 percent of their time—and they were all just a little bit [...]

Skip the Long Security Lines at the Airport with a Wheelchair

Long wait at the airport security line? Savvy travelers know the shortcut: simply request an airport wheelchair, no proof of disability required! The practice, tacitly endorsed by a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy [...]

The Ancient Avengers

The whole world rumbled as the gods battled each other. Then the victors cast the vanquished into the outer darkness and assumed rule over mankind. Artist Christian Nauck retold this tale of ancient Egypt for a Marvel Comics cover illustration. Artist’s Blog -via Christiano Dias

Parkour in Egypt

(YouTube link) This Polish free runner traveled to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to jump around on the buildings. -via Breakfast Links

Pythagoras: World’s Nerdiest Cult Leader

Historically, cults and their leaders haven’t had much luck getting good publicity. Maybe it’s because of their intense religious fervor or their creepy recruiting methods, but most people do their best to avoid these cliques (not to mention the punch they serve). But hey, they aren’t all bad. Ancient mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras had his [...]

Lost pyramids found on Google Earth ?

Angela Micol believes that she may have located several undiscovered pyramids in Egypt using Google. A ’satellite archaeologist’, Micol uses tools suc…

World War I Centennial: Britain and France Team Up (Sort Of)

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

11 Wonderful Libraries in Africa

We’ve brought you beautiful European, South American, North American and Asian libraries, so now it’s time for the most amazing libraries in Africa. 1. Library of Alexandria The most famous library in Africa is the Library of Alexandria — the modern tribute to the famed library of antiquity. Located on the shore in Alexandria near where the ancient library [...]

Googly Eyed God

Photo: Egypt Centre/Swansea University Talismans usualy depict gods as fierce or solemn, but not this one! Recently found by Egypt Centre curator Carolyn Graves-Brown, the talisman of the Egyptian dwarf god Bes has googly [...]