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1. When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in the mid-1970s, it was actually issued a legal Egyptian passport. Ramses’ occupation was mentioned as “King (deceased).”
2. “Mummy Brown” was a once-popular paint pigment made from ground-up Egyptian mummies. It was produced well into the 20th century and only disappeared when the manufacturers ran out of mummies.
3. Mummy Juanita is the well-preserved frozen body of an Incan girl who was sacrificed to the gods around 500 years ago. Her body was so well preserved that scientists were able to confirm that she ate vegetables 6-8 hours before her death.
4. Traces of nicotine and cocoa have been found in Ancient Egyptian mummies.
5. In DNA tests of Tutankhamun’s mummy, scientists found DNA from the mosquito-borne parasites that cause malaria. This is currently the oldest known genetic proof of the disease.
6. “Frankenstein” mummies were found in Scotland. 2 bodies made out of 6 people.
7. Sokushinbutsu refers to the Buddhist act of self-mummification, a process which takes up to 10 years.
8. In 1979, a mummified steppe bison named Blue Babe was discovered in Alaska. While preparing the specimen for display, the research team decided to stew and eat part of the mummy’s neck to “celebrate the accomplishment”.
9. During Roman times, Egyptian mummies were sometimes accompanied with a realist portrait of the dead painted on wooden boards. About 900 of these portraits are known to exist.
10. 2,000 – 5,000-year-old mummies have been found in China that were exclusively Caucasoid, or Europoid.
11. The oldest known tattoos were discovered, using UV light, on a 5,000-year-old mummy.
12. Scientists diagnosed a 2250-year old Egyptian mummy with metastatic prostate cancer.
13. There is a bone fragment displayed in a museum of Chinon that was once reputed to belong to Joan of Arc. A 2008 study showed that the bone actually came from an Egyptian mummy.
14. Ancient Nubian mummies were found to have the modern antibiotic Tetracycline in their bones. They got it from beer.
15. The most well-preserved mummy (The Lady Dai) was wrapped in 20 layers of silk, 4 coffins each sealed with raw lacquer, encased in a huge burial chamber surrounded by 5 tons of charcoal, and a thick layer of clay in an inverted pyramid 12 meters deep.
16. Clogged arteries, which are considered a hallmark symptom of the modern unhealthy lifestyle, have been found in ancient mummies.
17. Mummies in ancient Egypt were buried together with a Book of the Dead. The book consisted of a number of magic spells intended to assist a dead person’s journey through the Duat, or underworld, and into the afterlife.
18. Mummies were mashed up and routinely ingested in the 16th to 17th centuries as remedies to cure ailments from headaches to ulcers.
19. The reason mummified child Rosalia Lombardo appears to “blink” in tourist videos and pictures is because of how the sunlight hits her face throughout the day. Her eyes are mostly but not entirely closed, so depending on the position of the sun, her eyes might appear closed or open.
19. The longest surviving book written in the still untranslated Etruscan language was found in the wrappings of an Egyptian mummy.
20. 19th-century aristocrats hosted “disintegration parties” in which guests watched unwrapped mummies rapidly decompose.
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