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Colossi of Memnon: The Singing Statues Of Egypt’s Past

The Colossi of Memnon is a pair of statues that’s over 18-feet long and boasts one of the most amazing historical background story.

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There is something about Egypt, whether if its the tourist attractions, the food, or just the country’s cultural perplexity, that it sure is one of the most amazing places in the world. If you talk about Egypt, you would almost immediately think of the great Pyramids. Well yes, Egypt, to a lot of people is all about riding camels while taking pictures with Pyramids on your background.

But there are so many other attractions in Egypt that have far more interesting and mysterious past.

One of these attractions, is the Colossi of Memnon. This Colossi Of Memnon is a pair of massive statues, about 18 feet tall that depicts Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned Egypt 3,400 years ago. The monument is located on the west bank of the Nile, just opposite to the city of Luxor.

The Colossi of Memnon towering over 18th feet from the ground.

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The Colossi of Memnon was built as an entry way or gate to Amenhotep’s memorial temple but unfortunately, with the Nile river flooding throughout the centuries, the temple degraded slowly and was abolished by future Pharaohs. But this begs the question, Colossi of Memnon was made for the Pharaoh Amenhotep and it even depicts the Pharaoh itself, yet it was named after a different person?

The reason for it being called Colossi of Memnon and not Colossi of Amenhotep or whatnot because in 27 BCE a large earthquake damaged one of the statue that caused a collapse from the waist up of the statue and cracking the lower half. After this unfortunate event, the statue started to create a sound coming from the lower half, usually at dawn, and early tourists from Greece and Rome attested to hearing this sound.

The most probable cause for the sound could be the rising temperature as the sun rises together with the the evaporating dew. Because it was the tourists, Roman and Greek tourists who found the sound interesting, they decided to call it “Memnon”.

The Colossi photographed back in the 19th century.

Tourists looking very small against the statues.

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Memnon was a Trojan war hero as well as the King of Ethiopia, he was the one who led the army against Troy but was slain by Achilles. According to the myths, Memnon is the son of Eos, the goddess of dawn. When Eos heard her son died, she shed tears for Memnon and thus the name was born. The sound produced by the statues relates to the story of Eos, the goddess of dawn, mourning for Memnon.

Around 199 CE, Septimius Severus, a roman emperor decided to have the statues fixed and after that the sound coming from the statues were soon unheard of. Now, the statues are a roadside attraction and is still truly an amazing part of Egypt’s history.

Colossi of Memnon situated alongside a road in Egypt.

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The Lost World of St. Kilda, an Isolated Island Where People Survived by Eating Birds

4,000 years worth of “never retreat, never surrender.”

Somewhere off the west coast of Scotland is a tiny, remote island considered the most far-away portion of the British Isles. It is virtually uninhabitable; an island of jagged granite boulders, tall cliffs and a hostile climate. It’s called St. Kilda, and until the early 20th century, its hardy residents eked out a difficult existence, sustained mainly by eating birds.

The remote archipelago was inhabited for about 4,000 years. The only settlement, the Village Bay, was located on the largest island Hirta. The windswept island was unsuitable for farming but the islanders did grow a small amount of barley, oats, and potatoes. However, the strong winds and saltwater would usually damage the crops.

The wind blows so hard, that trees refused to grow on this island.

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25 Mysterious Places Google Earth Doesn’t Want You to See

Censoring these locations has logical reasons, such as security, privacy concerns, and trade secrets. However, this doesn’t stop conspiracy theorists from having a field day.

We all had that fun experience of navigating through Google Earth to see different places we only dream of seeing. Imagine being virtually in any country or tourist destination with only a click of your mouse. This inspires the inner travelers and amateur geographers inside us.

But did you know that there are some places that we are not allowed to see? If you tried zooming in these destinations, you would only likely see pixelated or blurred images. Censoring these locations has logical reasons, such as security, privacy concerns, and trade secrets. However, this doesn’t stop conspiracy theorists from having a field day.

Although hundreds of sites have been covered up on Google Earth, some of these places can be freely visited by regular citizens. Others are restricted due to contamination and health risks. But whatever the case is, it only further arouses the curiosity of people.

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Viral Commercial: Animal Shelter’s Low-Budget Cat Ad Is Purr-fectly Funny!

I absolutely love this ad – like fur real!

With the right amount of creativity, it’s really not impossible for a commercial to go viral online – even if you only have a limited budget to produce it. Take it from Furkids, an animal rescue organization in Atlanta, Georgia, that recently scored a viral hit with a short but genuinely funny cat commercial.

The video stars Paul Preston going around the animal shelter, endorsing the cats to potential owners using the approach of a used car salesman.

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His ‘marketing pitches’ are absolutely hilarious that even the staff filming the ad couldn’t help but chuckle in the background.

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