The internet is full of fabulous fun facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided that when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with you, our readers, in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know food fun facts we will look at Chopsticks.
The Facts: It is believed that these unique eating tools were developed about 3000 to 5000 years ago in China although the exact date of their creation is currently uncertain. It is also thought that the Chinese philosopher Confucius had a major influence on their development with his nonviolent teachings. His philosophy was that instruments such as knives, with the connection people make with them for war and violence, were not to be used at the dinner table.
- Using chopsticks involves over 30 joints and 50 muscles in the fingers, wrist, arm, shoulder as well as thousands of nerves.
- The Chinese use 45 billion chopsticks annually.
- Silver chopsticks were used to test toxicity in food in ancient China. Poison will make silver chopsticks turn black so the royal family uses silver chopsticks to tip them off on the plans of assassins and prevent assassination.
There are four main styles:
- The Chinese use a longer style than other countries, wood sets that come to a rounded or blunt end.
- The Japanese use short, wooden sticks that come to a sharper pointy end.
- The Koreans use shorter, metallic, wood or plastic sticks that are often blunt at the end.
- The Vietnamese also use longer sticks that also come to a blunted end as in China; often wooden, but can be made of plastic as well.
Do you know of any other facts about chopsticks that we may have missed?
If so, please feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.
Reference: Fun Facts about Chopsticks.