100 Mummy Facts - Page 4 (The Ultimate Mummy Fact Guide!)

More Bizarre Mummy Facts:

60. In Victorian times, mummies were ground up into medicinal powders, as people believed they had healing powers.

61. King Charles II believed mummy dust contained the secret to greatness. He'd have a few mummies standing by, and  collect the dust that fell off them. Then he'd rub the dust on his skin.

62. In the 1800's, so many mummies were dug up they became practically worthless. Rumor has it some train drivers even burned mummies as fuel in the boilers of their railway engines!
image: Titanic mummy
Titanic mummy?

63. According to rumor, the Titanic was carrying a cursed mummy, and that's what caused the ship to sink. The ship's records, however, show that no mummy was ever on board the boat.

64. In later times in Egypt, mummies were sometimes burned for fires as firewood was scarce.

65. In the 1800's, Mummy Wheat was said to be grown from grains of wheat found in mummy coffins.

66. One mummy actually has a passport--Ramses II received a passport for a visit to France!


67. The movies "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns", both from Universal Studios, were so popular that they made combined box office earnings of $357,405,273.00, according to Hollywood.com

68. In the 1999 movie 'The Mummy' they used hundreds of grasshoppers. To make them easier to film, they refrigerated the grasshoppers for a few hours so that they'd be sluggish.
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69. 'The Mummy' Blooper - in the tomb there are 5 canopic jars to hold the mummy's organs, and one jar has the head of a lion. In reality, ancient Egyptians used only 4 canopic jars, and there's no such thing as a lion headed canopic jar.

70. 'The Mummy Returns' Blooper - In a scene where Nefertiri is fighting Anck-Su-Namun, she gets knocked to the floor. When she lifts up her mask, you can see a band-aid on her finger. Of course, they didn't have band-aids in ancient Egypt.

71. Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, wrote one of the earliest books to featured a Mummy's curse. It was called "Lost in a Pyramid", and later, "The Mummy's Curse". She wrote it in 1869.

72. Horror films popularized the idea of mummy curses. One of the earliest mummy movies was the Jewel of Seven Stars, based on a horror novel by Bram Stoker (author of Dracula), about an archeologist who tries to revive a mummy.

73. Tintin's "Cigars of the Pharaoh" features an eccentric Egyptologist named Sophocles Sarcophagus. This story about the search for the undiscovered tomb of Pharaoh Kih-Oskh and his mummy introduced the twin detectives Thompson and Thompson, who were featured in many later Tintin stories.

Weird Mummy SCIENCE:

74. Using x-rays and cat scans, scientists can tell what kinds of diseases mummified people had, from cavities to spinal deformities, and even nutritional deficiencies.

75. By studying a mummy using x-rays and cat scans, a scientist can learn a lot without destroying the valuable artifact. They don't have to unwrap the body to see inside.

76. Digital imagery can be used to recreate a mummy's face on a computer in 3-D. This way we are able to see what the mummified person looked like when they were alive, thousands of years ago.

77. Mummies have been used to calibrate CAT scan machines for use in hospitals, at levels of radiation that would be too dangerous for a living person.

78. The mummy of Cleopatra--not the famous one, but a second Cleopatra, who lived 150 later--was so tightly bound up in linen that x-rays show her left hip was dislocated.
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79. DNA taken from Egyptian mummies has shown that ancient Egyptians ate a stable diet. Some however, suffered from anemia (iron deficiency) and other disorders.
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