History

September 22, 2020

Archaeologists Unearth Dozens of 2,500-Year-Old Coffins in Egypt

Egyptian archeologists have unearthed another treasure trove of ancient coffins, this time near the iconic Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara. This site served as the necropolis for Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, and has some of the oldest stone buildings in history. After discovering a burial shaft leading to a tomb, they were able to recover 27 well-preserved coffins. The unopened sarcophagi are believed to have been buried 2,500 years ago.

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September 7, 2020

The Story of Kathrine Switzer: The Running Legend Who Ran the Boston Marathon When Women Weren’t Allowed

A little over 50 years ago, Kathrine Switzer took a bold step when she submitted her form to participate in the Boston Marathon. Her initials read K.V. Switzer (a common practice of hers when signing her name), which allowed her to remain gender-ambiguous until the day of the race. For the previous 70 years, the Boston Marathon had been an all-male event and her presence wouldn’t go unnoticed.

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August 25, 2020

10 Fascinating Facts About Cleopatra, the Powerful Queen of the Nile

Cleopatra VII died more than 2,000 years ago, but she remains one of history’s most intriguing women. Famous for her beauty and intellect, the Egyptian queen had a short but scandalous life that has inspired many works of art, literature, and films. Cleopatra is often portrayed as a femme fatale due to her romantic relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. However, she wasn’t just a seductress.

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August 24, 2020

Dazzling Malaysian Layer Cakes Reveal Complex Geometric Patterns in Every Slice

Festive cakes can make any occasion special, and the Malaysian delicacy called kek lapis Sarawak is so beautiful that no other table centerpiece is needed. First baked in the 1970s, layer cakes from Indonesia originally inspired bakers in the state of Sarawak to develop their own version with complex designs comprising thin, naturally flavored layers.

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