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The Giza Necropolis, Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the OLDEST of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids to inspire awe, but could they have known that they would also inspire idiocy? For millennia, individuals have gazed upon these edifices, seeing them not as they are, but as projections of their own beliefs. Here are ten of the strangest theories—no aliens required.

The pyramids of Menkaure, Khafre and Khufu (from left), erected on the west bank of the Nile River. Built between BCE to serve as burial monuments for three Egyptian kings, they were included among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.