Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is a dazzling place with 10 dazzling facts!

  • Ancient Egypt was established in 3100BC and fell to the Romans in 30BC.
  • The Ancient Egyptians invented Hieroglyphs, a symbolic language, around 3100BC.
  • The Karnak temple is the largest religious structure, which is still standing inEgypt, in the world. The full structure measures 80ha/200acres/809371m2 and took 500 years to complete.
  • The biggest pyramid in the world is the largest pyramid of Giza. It’s base measures 53,000m2.
  • The pyramids of Giza contain approximately 2,300,000 stone bricks.

Pyramids, Egypt, free digital photos, ten random facts

 Pyramids in Egypt

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman / Free Digital Photos
  • Each stone brick in an Egyptian pyramid weighs about 2.5t/2500Kg.
  • The Rosetta stone, a slab of granite found at Rashid (Rosetta), contains the language of the Ancient Egyptians – hieroglyphs, demotic script and Ancient Greek. You can find the stone at the British Museum.
  • Ancient Egyptian pharaohs where known as sons of the gods, with royalty and power.
  • The Ancient Egyptians mastered ship building around 3000BC.
  • Slaves were never used to construct the Ancient Egyptian pyramids.
Bibliography:
Ancient Egypt 6 October 2012 , Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egypt>
Macdonald, F 2003, Ancient Egyptians-an ancient civilisation brought vividly to life, HarperCollins, London

A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid Ancient Egypt

Planet Mars

Mars is one of the many planets in our solar system, and here are ten facts about it!

  • One day on Mars is equal to 24.6 Earth hours.
  • One year on Mars is equal to 687 Earth days.
  • Mars has north and south ice caps made from water and carbon dioxide.
  • Mars has 2 moons.
  • Mars is 288 million kilometers away from the sun.

NASA, Mars, Ten Random Facts, NSSDC

Mars
Photo courtesy of NASA – NSSDC (Broken Link)
  • Mars is the planet in the solar system that is most Earth-like. Mars has volcanoes, valleys and dried-up river beds.
  • Mars is named after the Roman god of war.
  • The soil on Mars contains magnesium, sodium, potassium and chlorine.
  • Mars is the home to the mountain, Olympus Mons, which is the largest mountain in the solar system.
  • Mars’ atmosphere contains 95% carbon dioxide, 3% nitrogen, 1.6% argon and contains very small amounts of water and oxygen.
 Bibliography:
Hawksett, D 2006, Stars and Planets, Hinkler books, Victoria
Mars 6 October 2012 , Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars>

Destination Mars: New Explorations of the Red Planet Life on Mars: Tales of the Red Planet

Eyes

Your eye is amazing- and here is ten random facts about them!

  • Your eyelids and eyelashes help protect your eyes from dust, dirt and germs from entering them.
  • Your eyeball is as big as a ping-pong ball.
  • Your eye sees an image upside down, so your brain flips the image the right way up.
  • Tears are made of water, chemicals and oil.
  • If your cornea and retina do not work together your vision will be blurry.

Eye, human, ten random facts

  • Eye muscles move more than 100,000 times a day.
  • The cornea, the visible part of your eye, is the only part of your body that should not contain any blood.
  • Your eye has a jelly-like coating, scientifically named vitreous humour, that moulds your eyeballs into a round, spherical shape.
  • 32% of the world’s population have blue or grey irises,12% of the world’s population have green or light brown irises and 25% of the world’s population have dark brown irises.
  • Your eye uses cells called rods, which sees gray-scale, and cones, which see colours. 1 eye has about 120 million rods and 7 million cones.
Bibliography:
Otway, H 2008, Exploring Your Senses, Tormont Publications, Ireland
Your Eyes 2012, Kids Health, <http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/eyes.html>

Better Eyesight without Glasses A Guide to Ophthalmology: An Overview, Sushruta, Rufus, Sub-Specialties, Etc.

Sugar

The very first ten random facts are about sugar!

  • Sugar helps to produce lots of energy and body heat.
  • Sugar straight from the cane contains carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Indians probably discovered sugar in 500 BC.
  • Sugar juice is in the upper part of the sugar cane.
  • Purified juice contains 7 parts of water for every 1 part of sugar (7:1).

sugar, food, ten random facts

  • Your body makes sugar into a type of glucose.
  • Many ingredients or body-made chemicals that end with the suffix -ose, like in glucose, fructose and lactose, normally indicate that the ingredient or chemical is a type of sugar.
  • The recommended daily intake of sugar a day is 10 teaspoons.
  • Unprocessed sugar is good for you but refined and processed can be bad for you.
  • 80% of the world’s sugar is produced from sugar cane while about 20% is produced from sugar beet.
Bibliography:
Leighton, D 1977, Sugar, Wayland Publishers Limited, United Kingdom
Likness, J 2012, Sugar and Artificial Sugar Facts, Every Diet, <http://www.everdiet.org/1001/sugar-and-artificial-sugar-facts>

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