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About 3500 years ago, egyptian Pharaos sat comfortably on ingeniously designed folding chairs, such as the ones found in Tutankhamens and other graves. Archeologists are now curious why hairy barbaric chieftains in the plains and swamps of northern Germany and Denmark were using the same advanced design at about the same time and have come to suspect a transfer of knowledge and therefore contacts between the foggy, cold atlantic coast and Egypt around 1500 BC. Documented trans european trade routes from this time, for example amber from the Baltics found in modern Turkey and Syria could indicate that early Europeans were already a lot more interconnected than usually thought. And could also help explain this case :
How Did Egyptian Folding Chairs End Up in Northern Germany? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Or it could be that the folding chair is just something that occurs to you naturally if you sit when you recline, rather than squat like most orientals excepting the Japanese, who kneel (btw, if you have a lady friend who you want to be the life of the party have her wear a traditionally sashed kimono with nothing underneath to a costume party that has only chairs). Sitting is by no means that natural a thing to do unless you spend a lot of time outdoors and there are logs and rocks handy, however, sitting on those can be not only uncomfortable and unhealthy but embarassingly dangerous.