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Trivia Thursday # 23

In the 1840s the slave-merchants who had previously sold slaves from the Wekalet el-Gallabeh in Cairo were forced to transfer their trade to a “city of the dead” (cemetary city) outside of Cairo called Kaid Bey because of the government’s belief the slave markets

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Trivia Thursday # 22

In the early 1800s in Cairo native Christian and Jewish men were easily distinguishable by the color of their turbans, which were black, blue, or light brown. – source: The Englishwoman in Egypt by Sophia Poole 1846

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Trivia Thursday # 21

In the early 1800s, in letters home, Sophia Poole describes the street of Cairo as generally narrow (5 to 10 feet wide) and unpaved. Though some streets were as little as 4 feet wide and a few could be forty or

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Trivia Thursday # 20

In the early 1800’s snake charmers where plentiful in Cairo. Upon visiting a home the owner believed to be troubled with a snake the charmer might say: “I conjure thee, by our Lord Suleyman” (Solomon, son of David) “who ruled over

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Trivia Thursday # 19

It was not unusual at a ball in the 1800s for dancers to have wax dripped down on them as they progressed around the floor – courtesy of the candles burning in the chandeliers above them. – source: What Jane Austin

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Trivia Thursday #18

In ancient Egypt a mother might eat a mouse to heal a sick baby. Afterwards she would put the bones in a bag tied with seven knots and hang it around the child’s neck for good luck. – source: Ancient

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Trivia Thursday #17

In the early 1800s the first dance at a ball would most likely have been a minuet with country dances to follow. By the mid 1800s a quadrille would have been the usual choice for the first dance and would

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Trivia Thursday # 16

Although tales of wonder that meet the general criteria for fairy tales have been around for thousands of years, it was in the 1690’s that the term fairy tale or contes de fées was popularized by a group of French writers which included

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Trivia Thursday #15

In England prior to 1833 a widow had a right of dower (the income from about one-third of her deceased husband’s land). After 1833 what monies the wife would receive in the event of her husband’s death were dependent on the

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Trivia Thursday #14

An English woman’s odds of dying in childbirth in 1870 were about 1 in 200. – source: What Jane Austen Ate and What Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool

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