Volume 5 Issue 7
February 1999

FUN FACTS

Japanese children goes to school for 5 1/2 days a week, 240 days a year for at least nine years.

To give an unwrapped gift in Japan is considered rude.

The Japanese imported Valentine's Day from the West. But put a little different spin on it. The boys give the girls chocolate on Feb. 14, and then the girls give the boys batches of homemade cookies on March 14, White Day.

Chinese Trivia
Mike

Did you know…?

Some of the first forms of currency in China were made of shell, satin, or Jade.

There are 55 official minority nationalities, and 206 listed languages.

China has approximately a 75% literacy rate.

Only Imperial dragons embroidered on the robes of the Emperor or his personal attendants could display five claws.

The Chinese women have won medals at the Olympics for their outstanding ability of weight lifting!

In China, Tiger body parts are sought for use in traditional Chinese medicine and exotic recipes.

In China, snake is a delicacy. Some dishes include roast boa and five-step snake, snakeskin with peppers, and snake lemon liqueur, which is "good for a person with a weak body". Some Chinese even check into a sanitarium for extended snake-diet therapy.

Even though there are French and Italian eateries popping up in southern China, Barbecued rat and dog are still favorites. Others include silkworms and black beetles.

The ancient Chinese consider the peach a symbol of long life and immortality. These "Persian apples" actually had their beginning in China, but were developed in Persia and went from there to Europe and then to America with the colonists.

Ladies in the high society in China once made black dye from dark eggplant skins and used it to stain their teeth to a black luster, a fashionable cosmetic use.

Chinese is the oldest and the greatest of the world's literature.

Acupuncture originated in China more than 5000 years ago.

The Great Wall is the only man-made structure that can be seen from the Space Shuttle and is used by scientists to study earthquakes.

Mike found these at the following web site.

http://marian.creighton.edu/~marian-w/academics/english/chinese.html

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