What Are Some Fun Facts About Egypt?

Egypt has a variety of fun and unique facts, including the fact that the country is home to the Great Pyramid of Giza, considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and a number of other smaller pyramids. The country's ancient civilization dates back to 3150 B.C.

The country is home to the Nile River, the longest river in the world and one of the few rivers that flow north. The Nile is prone to flooding, therefore, Egypt is home to one of the largest dams in the world, the Aswan High Dam. Yet, even with the Nile, Egypt is one of the most arid countries in the world as it receives only about one inch of rain each year.

Egypt is the home of the world's first 365-day calendar divided into 12 months. The ancient Egyptians adopted this calendar as a way of predicting and tracking when the Nile flooded. The culture also invented the first clocks. The country proudly claims the largest monolith statue in the world, the Sphinx at Giza.

The people of ancient Egypt worshiped over 1,000 gods and goddess. The most powerful and important was Ra, god of the sun. Egypt, which has the largest Arabic population in the world, is the 30th largest country in the world and is roughly three times the size of New Mexico.