You can find out more about the amazing character, biang, why it might be something that Homer Simpson would say, and even enter a competition to send in your own version of the character here on the China Simplified website.
Some say that these noodles go back to the time of the First Emperor. Others think that they were invented much more recently by a noodle restaurant!
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Chinese Giant Salamanders are the largest living amphibians and they are also one of the most endangered in the wild. They can reach 1.8 metres long. They are often called Baby Fish in Chinese, because of the sound of their cry. Don't be deceived though, the males can be fierce!
You can find a video about them on the London Zoo website here.
You don't have to go all the way to Egypt to see some wonderful Ancient Egyptian relics and Ancient Egyptian inspired art and archictecture? Have a look at this great feature on The Londonist website and find out where in London you can see sphinxes, mummies and obelisks. The British Museum and Cleopatra's Needle might be the most famous, but there are plenty of other less well-known places . . . .
You can learn a lot about Egypt by listening to the radio - BBC Radio 4's In Our Time programme has fascinating discussions of The Book of the Dead and Pharaoh Akhenaten among other topics.
Would you like . . .
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Did you know . . .
. . . that people weren't the only ones to be mummified in Ancient Egypt. Animals were mummified too - most commonly cats, birds, crocodiles and snakes. A few weeks ago I went to Liverpool to visit a school and while I was there I had a look around the World Museum. In the Ancient Egypt section I came across this fascinating display of animal mummies.
I thought the face looked a little like a pig but I was wrong.
Why do you think people mummified animals?
To find out more, you could read this blog post on the Liverpool Museum website
(Before you go to the web page, see if you can guess. It might give you some great ideas for a spooky story.)
Did you know . . . that August 17th is Archaeology Day. There are some great ideas on this blog for activities to celebrate - on any day of the year - including reading a book like The Phoenix Code! I especially like the idea for the archaeology cake - complete with a buried skeleton!
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