The ancient Egyptians tried hard to be immortal and, in a lot of ways, they pulled it off. The next time you use any of these 10 items (we predict, or hope, that will be today), remember who to thank.
1. Toothpaste and breath mints
Human interactions would not have been very up-close and personal had the Egyptians not figured out a way to spare us those nasty oral odors.
They are believed to have started using a paste to clean their teeth around 5,000 B.C. and were among the firsts to use twigs with frayed ends as toothbrushes. They also made the world's first breath pellets using myrrh, cinnamon, frankincense and honey.
2. Door Locks
The first device to lock doors dates back to 4,000 B.C ., courtesy of ancient Egyptians.
The first scissors were made using a single piece of metal and were mainly used by clothes-makers and barbers.
No one rocked winged eyeliner better the ancient Egyptians, who actually created it.
Kohl was considered to have magical powers, used to darken around the eyes to apparently protect them from sun-rays. It was mainly composed of a dark, metallic lead-based product.
5. High heels
While high heels are often traced back to Persian horse-riders, How Africa reports that ancient Egyptian murals depict Egyptian nobilities wearing heels to distinguish themselves from working classes during ceremonies. They were also worn by butchers to walk over bloodied animal bodies.
Plot twist: they were not used for sex--at least we're not sure they were.
According to How Africa, ancient drawings show Egyptian men proudly sporting condoms, often made of animal skin. But historians couldn't determine whether condoms were used for intercourse or just as ceremonial accessories--yes, you read that right.
The Egyptians and the Chinese invented the world's first writing ink back in 2,500 B.C. by mixing carbon with gum.
Historians believe Egyptians discovered paper in 3,500 B.C., centuries before modern-day paper was created in China. Ancient Egyptians made paper-like material from the papyrus plant which grew around the Nile river.
9. Hair comb
Ancient Egyptians definitely made looking good easier for us. The afro comb is traced back to ancient Egypt, the oldest being almost 5,500 years old.
Ancient Egypt ians are greatly responsible for creating mathematics. They produced the oldest undisputed mathematical documents, alongside the Babylonians.
Their texts revealed great knowledge in arithmetic, algebra and geometry, which was then passed on to the Greeks.
They are believed to have introduced the earliest fully-developed base 10 decimal numeration system. They assigned a symbol every decimal place, using a stroke for units, a heel-bone symbol for tens, a coil of rope for hundreds, a lotus plant for thousands...