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Did China shut down a port for one COVID-19 case and did this closure have a bigger impact than the blocking of the Suez canal?

No, it wasn't one case, but an outbreak. That appears to have been a misinterpretation of the claim. Fortune put the outbreak at 'about 150' COVID-19 cases. The size of the disruption to supply chains ...
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Is it true that 4th century Christians "destroyed all they could reach of ancient learning"?

The author is repeating an old, hoary chestnut from the days of Edward Gibbon about a sudden decline in Roman prosperity after the conversion of the Empire to Christianity. This is basically a false ...
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Is the Eye of Horus symbol based on the human brain?

Short answer: Most certainly no, but as so often, it's impossible to prove a negative. The Cultural Meaning of the Brain There are many descriptions of how the brain was discarded during mummification,...
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Were Jews ever subjected to any oppression or targeting in the region of Egypt?

Well, Sisi was born in 1954. So let's say he missed the stuff from before then, although, for the record: After the foundation of Israel in 1948, and the subsequent 1948 Arab–Israeli War, in which ...
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Were Jews ever subjected to any oppression or targeting in the region of Egypt?

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, there were 75,000 Jews in Egypt in 1948, in 2020 there remains less than 100. They explain why Between June and November 1948, bombs set off in the Jewish ...
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Did 120,000 Egyptians die building the Suez Canal?

Using the reference originally provided by JoeW: The Suez Canal had 120,000 deaths among its 1.5 million workers during the 11 year excavation project — the most construction worker deaths of ...
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Is there an alignment between Giza pyramid complex and Orion's Belt?

The 3 stars in Orion's belt are in one line and very nearly equally spaced, as are the 3 pyramids. The first is a coincidence. The second may be as well, or it could be deliberate because the ...
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Did the ten plagues take place in Ancient Egypt?

I'll take a crack at an answer based on Matthew's sources (Ipuwer papyrus. This is a "best effort" answer, since we don't really have anything definitive, and can't prove a negative. ...
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Were slaves involved in the building of the Pyramids of Giza?

Overall, I would say that we still don't know for sure, but the general consensus of the experts seems to be that the labor force that built the pyramids were not free wage workers in the modern sense,...
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Did 120,000 Egyptians die building the Suez Canal?

No Using the figure from the Wikipedia article on the Suez Canal, around 1.5 million people worked on the construction of the canal in total. At any one time, over 30,000 people would be working on ...
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Did the Ancient Egyptians use twenty-sided dice?

During the Ptolemaic Period [305 BC–30 BC], there was Greek rulership over the land of Egypt. The Greeks were familiar with icosahedra. They were described by Plato, a 5th century BC Greek ...
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Did the ten plagues take place in Ancient Egypt?

Cristobol's answer discusses an Egyptian text that lists generic disasters hitting Egypt. There is, however, another Egyptian source which connects such disasters to the Jewish Exodus... supposedly. ...
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Has Egypt sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia?

Both the French defense minister and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov have publicly denied the allegation referenced in the original claim.1,2 According to Defense Industry Daily, which has detailed ...
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Did the Hebrew exodus from Egypt ever happen?

The Exodus The Exodus is considered a myth by most non biblical historians. Wikipedia defines the Exodus as: The Exodus (Hebrew: יציאת מצרים, Yeẓi’at Miẓrayim: lit. 'Departure from Egypt') is the ...
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Have edible jars of honey been found in thousand-year-old Egyptian tombs?

Evidence for it seems to be lacking. This is the closest I've found to an exploration of the sources and the most likely source for the claim is the 1907 account of explorer Theodore Davis regarding ...
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Does the following banner mandate wearing a hijab in an Egyptian school?

This photo was taken by Lamya Lotfey, a Egyptian Coptic Christian. She posted this photo in her Facebook public profile on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm (according to GMT +6, timezone of where I ...
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Does the following banner mandate wearing a hijab in an Egyptian school?

The image is that of "A sign stipulating Islamic veil as a mandatory part of girls' dress code at a school in Egypt's Sharqiya governorate". A higher resolution version and further explanation is ...
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Did ancient people have flying vehicles?

An unmanned aerial vehicle is an aerial vehicle, so... the Kongming lantern is famously attributed to Zhuge Liang (courtesy name Kongming), from the second century AD, who used it to send a signal to ...
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