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What is located on the top of the pyramids of Egypt? How is “volcano bread” made in Iceland? In which conditions can the rarest phenomenon in the world be seen? The process of looking for answers boosts people’s energy, makes them dream, and makes them feel like pioneers. That’s why we like to learn new things about ourselves and the world surrounding us so much.

GIGGAG is going to tell you several historical, cultural, and wildlife facts that National Geographic has shared with us.

1. This Is what The Top Of one Of the Egyptian Pyramids Looks Like.

1. This is what the top of one of the Egyptian pyramids looks like.

This is the Benben stone (from approximately 1840 B.C.) that was discovered in the temple of Phoenix. Ancient Egyptians considered Phoenix a symbol of cyclical seasons and believed it had the ability to create and resurrect. According to scientists, Benben was located on the top of Amenemhat III’s pyramid. The inscriptions on the stone are a prayer asking for the pharaoh to “see life again.”

“May the face of the king be opened
so that he may see the Lord of the Horizon
when he crosses the sky;
may he cause the king to shine as a god,
lord of eternity and indestructible.”

3. There Used To be a musical Composition In the Vatican That Was Performed Once A year And Was Prohibited From Being Copied.

3. There used to be a musical composition in the Vatican that was performed once a year and was prohibited from being copied.

Allegri’s Miserere for 2 choirs used to be performed in the Vatican only once a year. The composition was carefully guarded, it was prohibited to copy it, and it was kept secret for almost 150 years. All this happened until a 14-year-old Mozart heard it once, wrote it down by ear and presented the composition to his sister Nannerl.

When the Vatican found out about it, they were astounded by how exact the copy was and Mozart was awarded the Order of the Golden Spur by the Pope himself.

5. Tutankhamun’s Beard Fell Off During A cleaning Process In the Egyptian Museum In 2014.

5. Tutankhamun’s beard fell off during a cleaning process in the Egyptian Museum in 2014.

Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s burial mask is the symbol of Egypt and one of the 10 symbols of our human civilization. The mask, which was discovered in 1922, has been through many wars and revolutions but was spoiled by the employees of the museum in 2014. They accidentally knocked off his beard and attempted to glue it back with an epoxy adhesive in order to hide their mistake, which brought even more harm to the artifact. The cheat was revealed in 2016 and shocked historians all over the world.

6. Some Types Of orchids Are Called “devil’s Plants” And It’s Not For Nothing.

6. Some types of orchids are called “devil’s plants” and it’s not for nothing.

The devil’s orchid (Telipogon diabolicus) has been recently found in the forests of Colombia. This type is unique because of its appearance — you can see the image of a face with horns and red eyes resembling a devil in the middle of the flower. Unfortunately, you can’t buy this flower in a shop because it only grows in special conditions and is listed as an endangered plant species.

7. There Exists A colorless Rainbow That Appears Under Certain Conditions.

7. There exists a colorless rainbow that appears under certain conditions.

fog bow, or white rainbow, is a very rare phenomenon that appears during fog (not rain like a normal rainbow). It can be seen only when there are very small drops with the radius up to 0.05 mm present in the atmosphere and if you stand with your back to the sun and look toward the fog. Interestingly enough, it can even appear at night when the moon in the sky is quite bright and then it’s called a moonbow.

12. Iceland Has A tradition Of baking Bread Right In the Ground.

12. Iceland has a tradition of baking bread right in the ground.

Iceland is a country of geysers and volcanoes, and the local population has learned how to use them in their everyday life. One of the oldest recipes for baking “volcano bread” (hverabrauð) is used even today. The pot with the dough is placed into a hold dug in the soil near a geyser for 24 hours and a stone is put on the top of the mound. The temperature of the soil reaches 220°F, which is high enough for the dough to get baked and the bread is eaten with butter in order to kill the sulfur taste.

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