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The Ancient Egyptian civilization lasted longer than the Western one has so far.

Ancient Egypt was actually in decline by the time the Western civilization rose. Ancient Egypt was concentrated along the lower end of the Nile River where the modern country of Egypt is currently located. Egyptian civilization came together around 3150 BC with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first pharaoh.

The history of ancient Egypt occurred in a series of stable Kingdoms, separated by periods of relative instability known as Intermediate Periods. Egypt reached the pinnacle of its power during the New Kingdom, in the Ramesside period, after which it entered a period of slow decline.

In the aftermath of Alexander the Great's death, one of his generals, Ptolemy Soter, established himself as the new ruler of Egypt. The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt until 30 BC, when it fell to the Roman Empire and became a Roman province.

Ancient Egypt held together for an impressive number of years. The West today, still has not managed to match the number of living years as Ancient Egypt did.


Humpback whales have best friends!

What do humpback whales and humans have in common? They both have best friends!Humpback whales form lifelong friendships and reunite with their pals every year! During their reunions they eat and swim alongside one another throughout the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

While being apart all they do is migrate and breed, and somehow they find each other again after a year in the open ocean each summer, this is like their summer break, and they spend it by feeding each other and hanging out.

However, the longest friendship so far has been 6 years and there has never been a friendship between males and females, it has only occurred between similar-aged females.So you can say that female humpback whales like to have BFFs, or at least BFFs of six years.


The cost of college textbooks in the US has risen faster than the cost of healthcare, house prices and inflation!

College tuition is swiftly increasing, but not quite as much as the price of textbooks. It doesn't look like any cost is increasing quite as quickly as college textbooks actually. Their prices have outpaced health care costs, house prices and inflation.

Textbook prices have increased by 812% from thirty years ago. According to the National Association of College Stores, the average college student spends $655 on textbooks per year. The College Board, though, says the annual price of books and materials is $1,168.

So where does all this money go. Over three quarters of the book's price goes back to the publisher while a fifth goes to the store. Publishers often include CD-roms and access to websites, which increases the price. And they release new editions as often as every 4 years so students can't use discounted, used copies.


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There are over 340,000 slaves in the world today! Where are they?

Thought slavery was abolished all around the world? Think again. A new CNN report has revealed that there are still slaves in the world today, in fact there is between 340,000 and 680,000, that is between 10-20% of the total population! These slaves are found in the very small Saharan nation, Mauritania. In 1981, Mauritania was the last country to abolish slavery.

Unfortunately, all activists in the country are arrested if they protest the practice of slavery, and the government denies that slavery exists within the country! Up until 2007, slavery wasn’t even a crime in Mauritania! Since then, only ONE slave owner has been arrested and penalized. Do these statistics seem a little fishy? You have to read the source to get the full story.


There is a dinosaur named after Harry Potter!

Dracorex hogwartsia or just Dracorex is a dinosaur genus of the family Pachycephalosauridae. His name means "dragon king of Hogwarts" and it was named such as a tribute to dragons (which it resembles) and the world of Harry Potter!

These were discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota by three amateur paleontologists from Iowa. They described it as an herbivore, with a skull with spiky horns, bumps, and a long muzzle.Besides it's flat, nodal skull, the most prominent feature of Dracorex is the pair of huge unrestricted superior temporal openings!

The name itself however, was inspired not by the paleontologists, but by young visitors to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis as a tribute to both dragons (Dracorex means "dragon king"), which the dinosaur resembles, as well as the Harry Potter series of books (Hogwartsia for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the fictional school from the awesome series).

So yes, Harry Potter has contributed to science! How awesome is that?



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