I've often been intrigued by some of the ways in which Ancient Egypt has influenced modern culture, in architecture, jewellery, computer games and the like, but this is somewhat off the beaten track of Egyptian influence - and not for the squeamish. According to this item, an increasing number of women in Japan are subjecting themselves to a new fad: "mimicking a treatment first developed thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt and sewing threads of pure gold into their cheeks. Golden strings laced into the face are said to have made Cleopatra look at the time of her death at age 39 as though she had the skin of a 15-year-old. And now Japanese women are flocking to get a glimmer in their mugs". The the article for more about this truly bizarre practice!