When we think of ancient Egypt, we can’t help but envision a sea of pyramids. We’ve seen lots of films about mummies and pharaohs’ tombs and we know that Egyptians invented paper. But there are still some facts that teachers didn’t tell us about in school. For example, pharaohs weren’t fit people like they were depicted in the pictures.
Bright Side loves history and knows many facts. But these facts about ancient Egypt surprised us immensely!
Their lipstick was made from crushed insects.
Red carminic acid extracted from cochineal or scale insects used to be used as a makeup component. However, modern women, unlike Cleopatra, don’t have to extract carmine dye to produce makeup. To apply lipstick, they don’t have to boil and crush insects.
Pharaohs used slaves as bait to get rid of flies.
Flies spoiled the ancient Egyptians’ lives even more than they do now. Today, we use different sprays and creams but King Pepi II had slaves cover themselves with honey to serve as bait for flies. Quite an unpleasant job, right?