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83131.  Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:27 pm Reply with quote

Egyptian Inventions:

The word Amen: Originating circa 2500 BC, the word 'Amun' meant 'the
hidden one' and was the name of the Egyptians' highest deity. The word was
adopted by the Hebrews - who later made it mean 'so it is' - after hearing
'Amun' used as an exclamation... like 'By Jove!'

Mosquito Netting: Herodotus describes how 'each man possesses a net. By day
it serves him to catch fish, while at night he spreads it over the bed, and
creeping in, goes to sleep underneath''. Interestingly, Etymologists think
there is a link between the words 'mosquito' and 'canopy'. Whereas 'canopy'
now means 'a drape', the ancient Greeks used the word 'konops' to mean

Spermicide: Egyptian women used to insert a mixture of crocodile dung, sour
milk and honey into their ladies' bits. The sharp acidity of the crocodile cack
is believed to have altered the pH environment significantly enough for the sperm to be killed

Birthday Parties: although only initially for male children of Royalty.
Birthday fetes were unheard of for the lower classes and for any woman
except the Queeen. One notable party for Cleopatra II - who had incestuously
married her brother Ptolemy - concluded when Ptolemy gave her the slaughtered remnants of her son.

Cough Drops: During Egypt’s Twentieth Dynasty, Egyptian Sweet makers made lozenges from honey, herbs, citrus fruits, and spices.

Deodorants: The early Egyptians created special cinnamon and citrus ointments that wouldn’t turn rancid in the heat. They also learnt that shaving their armpits diminished body odour (because hair increases the surface area of decomposing bacteria).

Toothpaste: In 2000 B.C. Made from powdered pumice stone and strong wine vinegar, and brushed on with a chew stick. By comparison, the Romans made toothpaste from urine. (Upper class Roman women paid dearly for Portuguese urine believing it was the strongest on the continent. Urine was used well into the Eighteenth Century, unwittingly employing the liquid’s cleansing ammonia molecules.)

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, Charles Panati, Harper & Row, NY


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