TIL the Statue of Liberty was a recycled idea originally meant for Egypt. The original statue was to be called “Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia” and the statue was to sit at the entrance of the Suez Canal. The project was rejected due to its cost and the idea recycled to be “The Statue of Liberty.”

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Why was France just hell bent on giving away a statue?


The Egyptians were wary about financing this project. The consensus was that it was just another pyramid scheme


Carrying the light to Asia seems like it would be like carrying coal to Newcastle.


Us Asians: “Nah, we have light here, too, thanks.”


So what, was the Statue of Liberty just like the JCPenney’s men’s grooming kit or Isotoner gloves that was kept around in case someone brought a guest to Christmas?