Where is Ceylon?
The island of Ceylon is located in the Northern part of the Indian ocean, at the southern tip of the Hindustan Peninsula. But you probably won't find this name on…

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What animals live in the Arctic?
If we talk about unique species of animals that are found only in the Arctic, then this is a polar bear, musk ox, wild reindeer, snow sheep. Other species are…

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Your Luggage is lost – what to do?
The rosy anticipation of a long-awaited vacation can be seriously overshadowed by the absence of your Luggage on the checkout line at the arrival airport. The loss of checked baggage…

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Why was Egypt called Egypt?

Immediately it should be clarified-Egypt is a country in North Africa called only by foreigners, the Egyptians themselves and residents of other Arab countries call it Misr, officially-Jumhuriyat Misr al-Arabiya (Arab Republic of Egypt).

The name Egypt came to Russian and other European languages not from ancient Egyptian, as is sometimes thought,but from ancient Greek.

The first major city that the ancient Greeks learned about at the beginning of the first Millennium BC was the ancient capital of Egypt (one of several, in different eras) – Memphis.

The city was located in the Nile Delta and was called in Egyptian at that time “Hikupta” or, according to other sources, “Aigyptos” (Memphis is also an ancient Egyptian name, but later).

After a slight change in their own way, the Greeks began to apply the name Egypt to the whole country. This is a fairly common practice in ancient times-to call the whole country by the name of the main city, let’s remember, for example, Rome.

Why is the Red sea called red?
According to some scientists, the Red sea was so named because of the seasonal redness of the water associated with the reproduction of reddish single-celled algae. However, historians believe that…

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Why was America called America?
As you know, the discoverer of the American continent, Christopher Columbus, did not call the land discovered by him his name, because he considered it the East coast of Asia,…

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All about Tax-free returns: how to apply for and get tax free
Shopping abroad is an integral part of many Russian tourists ' holidays. But not all of them know that you can save money on a Tax Free refund. Tax Free…

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Why are there so many Chinese?
Indeed, the population of the people's Republic of China alone (and Chinese people live outside its borders) has already exceeded 1.3 billion people and continues to grow. However, it is…

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