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King Tut Day

November 4 is King Tut Day!

King Tut Day commemorates the anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The tomb of the previously unknown young pharaoh was discovered on November 4, 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter. For more than 3,000 years, the tomb had remained in almost perfect condition and the mummy of King Tut well-preserved in a solid gold coffin. In fact, the ancient Egyptians’ embalming method kept King Tut so well-preserved that scientists were able to successfully test his DNA for the first-ever DNA study of ancient Egyptian royal mummies, the results of which were released in early 2010. Find out what what the study uncovered by clicking here.

Celebrate King Tut Day by learning more about ancient Egypt’s golden boy and the tomb’s discovery.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com, wikipedia.org, nationalgeographic.com
Photo Sources: Jerzy Strzelecki (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
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National Juggling Day

June 13 is National Juggling Day!

Juggling dates back centuries and centuries; the earliest known jugglers were depicted on the walls of ancient tombs in Egypt estimated around 1994-1781 B.C.. There is also evidence that suggests juggling existed in the societies of ancient Greece and Rome.

Juggling became extremely popular within the courts of Medieval Europe. Jugglers were employed to entertain royalty and their guests, and sometimes jugglers even worked as street performers for the amusement of the townspeople.

The word “juggle” is derived from the Middle English word “jogelen” which means to perform or entertain. People have been known to juggle with many different objects: bowling pins, scarves, balls, bean bags, and even objects on fire!

Celebrate National Juggling Day by learning to juggle, or if you already know how, incorporate a more difficult object into your juggling routine.

Check out one of our team members showing off his juggling skills!

 

Sources: Active Rain, Top End Sports

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Tug-O-War Day

July 21 is National Tug-of-War Tournament Day!

The game of Tug-of-War (or as some call it, Tug-O-War) is the ultimate test of strength; two teams compete against each other to pull the opposing side over the center line. Official Tug-of-War rules call for two teams of eight people and may feature a moat in the middle of the teams that the losers fall into.

There is evidence that a version of Tug-of-War has been played for a very long time, even in ancient Egypt and China! Tug-of-War was also a featured Olympic sport from 1900-1920, and since its removal, many Tug-of-War enthusiasts are trying to have it reintroduced.

Celebrate National Tug-of-War Tournament Day by playing a friendly game of Tug-of-War with your pals!

Sources: A Year of Holidays, CNN

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