Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

Les pyramides d’Égypte

April 17, 2016

“Les pyramides d’Égypte,” directed by Corentin Charron, Lise Corriol, Olivier Lafay, and Nicolas Mrikhi. Music: Kalina Świątnicka. No camels were harmed in the making of this animation.

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King Tut’s Secret Chamber

December 2, 2015

King Tut's Secret Chamber

Scientists using ground-penetrating radar and x-ray specs have discovered two secret chambers in the tomb of ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun. One is thought to be be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti and the other is clearly King Tut‘s Man Cave:

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Becoming Sumo

May 13, 2014

Becoming Sumo

Sumo wrestler Ōsunaarashi Kintarō (大砂嵐金太郎) was born Abdelrahman Shalan in Egypt. In 2011 he came in third place at an international junior championship and moved to Tokyo to become a pro Sumo wrestler. His ring name means “Great Sandstorm.” After a 7–0 performance in a recent tournament, he advanced to the jūryō division. In July he will compete in a 15-day tournament while he fasts during Ramadan.

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Eastern Delights

May 17, 2013

Eastern Delights

“For six years, Rafat Shororo longed for the taste of a KFC sandwich he had eaten in Egypt. This week, he got his finger lickin’ fix at home in the Gaza Strip after a local delivery company managed to smuggle it from Egypt through underground tunnels.

‘It has been a dream, and this company has made my dream come true,’ says Mr. Shororo, an accountant, as he receives his order from the delivery guy.

The al-Yamama company advertises its unorthodox new fast-food smuggling service on Facebook. It gets tens of orders a week for KFC meals despite having to triple the price to 100 shekels ($30) to cover transportation and smuggling fees. The deliveries go from the fryers at the Al-Arish KFC joint 35 miles away to customers’ doorsteps in about three hours.”

— “KFC smugglers bring buckets of chicken through Gaza tunnels,” Ahmed Aldabba, Christian Science Monitor

Also:

“Delivering KFC by Tunnel, Not Too Fast but Satisfying,” Fares Akram, New York Times

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The Lunch Box of Priestess Henutmehyt

November 27, 2012

The Lunch Box of Priestess Henutmehyt

When Egyptian Priestess Henutmehyt packed it in circa 1250 B.C., she packed a lunch. A lunchbox found in Ms. Henutmehyt’s tomb contains four whole ducks and joints of goat meat (before you ask: no Twinkies). There wasn’t Saran Wrap or Tupperware back then, so the goodies were mummified, just like the lady herself.

More: 

“The Lunch Box of Priestess Henutmehyt, Her Eternal Workers, & Her Final Demise,” Diana Buja’s Blog

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Egyptian Singer Discovered

January 17, 2012

Egyptian Singer Discovered

The tomb of an early chick singer female vocalist has been discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.  University of Basel archeologists found the remains of the chanteuse in a coffin identifying her as Nehmes Bastet, singer of the god Amun Re. Her vocal gifts were discovered after an exhaustive kingdom-wide talent search conducted by her father, the high priest of Amun Re.

Nehmes Bastet performed in the 22nd Dynasty, about 3000 years ago, before MP3s or even CDs, so forget about streaming audio. We cannot, however, rule out an appearance on this season’s Saturday Night Live.

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KFC and the Egyptian Revolution

February 17, 2011

KFC and the Egyptian Revolution

During the 18-day Egyptian Revolution there was talk of a foreign provocateur in Tahrir Square, an American colonel. Colonel Sanders. Rumor had it that anti-Mubarak demonstrators were being paid off in Kentucky Fried Chicken. Raja Abdulrahim of the Los Angeles Times covered the story:

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A New Spirit Sweeps Egypt

February 13, 2011

A New Spirit Sweeps Egypt

Egyptians have been sweeping up debris in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after demonstrations there swept President Hosni Mubarak from power. Popular unrest continues to sweep the Middle East and North Africa, but it remains to be seen if the Egyptian military will permit a clean transition to representative government.

 

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The Revolution Was Televised — by Al Jazeera

February 11, 2011

The Revolution Was Televised-- by Al Jazeera

Political change in Egypt was admirably chronicled — and made possible — by the journalism of Al Jazeera, the TV news operation based in Qatar. Egyptian authorities shut down the network’s Cairo bureau in a futile attempt to forestall the inevitable, but the Arabic-language broadcaster kept delivering detailed news about the popular uprising to people across the Middle East and North Africa, where it really counted.

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Egypt Shuts Off The Internet

January 29, 2011

Egypt Shuts Off The Internet

“Egypt may have turned off the Internet one phone call at a time,” Los Angeles Times

“Egypt cuts off internet access,” Charles Arthur, The Guardian

“How Egypt Turned Off the Internet,” Kyle VanHemert, Gizmodo

“The Internet goes dark in Egypt,” Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet.com

“Egypt severs internet connection amid growing unrest,” BBC News

“Egypt’s Internet Blackout: Extreme Example of Just-in-time Blocking,” Masashi Crete-Nishihata and Jillian C. York, OpenNet Initiative

“Egypt: An Internet Black Hole,” Global Voices

“Egypt shutdown worst in Internet history: experts,” Katia Dolmadjian, AFP via Yahoo News

“In Egypt, should Internet access be an inalienable right?” Monica Hesse, Washington Post

“The Tweets Must Flow,” Twitter Blog

“Statement on Internet Shutdown in Egypt,” Global Network Initiative

“Egypt turns off internet, Lieberman wants same option for US,” Sean Bonner, BoingBoing

“Internet Security Savvy is Critical as Egyptian Government Blocks Websites, Arrests Activists in Response to Continued Protest,” Eva Galperin, EFF

“Egypt Cuts Off The Net. Net Fights Back,” Ben Rooney, Wall Street Journal

“6 Ideas For Those Needing Defensive Technology to Protect Free Speech from Authoritarian Regimes and 4 Ways the Rest of Us Can Help,” Peter Eckersley, EFF

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