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Monday, April 23, 2007

Monday Facts












As promised, this week's facts are all things Chinese:

The bristled toothbrush originated in China around the year 1498. the bristles, fixed to a bamboo or bone handle, were neck hairs from Siberian boars.
Toilet paper was invented by the Chinese. In 1391, the Bureau of Imperial Supplies began producing 720,000 sheet of toilet paper a year for exclusive use by the emperor. Each sheet measured 2 feet by 3 feet.
Chinese recreational innovations: chess, fireworks, fishing pole nad and hook, hot air balloon, kite, and parachute.

Next week, it will be sports facts!

From "That's a Fact, Jack" by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser.


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3 Comments:

Blogger Sara Edwards said...

That's almost 2000 sheets (of toilet paper) a day! For one guy? Not to mention that each sheet was 6 square feet. What?!

April 23, 2007 2:26 PM

 
Blogger Pat Callahan said...

When you gotta go, you gotta go!

April 23, 2007 2:43 PM

 
Anonymous Michael Cates said...

That nad hook - it's gotta hurt, don't you think?

April 24, 2007 11:47 AM

 

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