The oldest still-operating Chinese restaurant in the USA is not in New York or San Francisco, but in Butte, Montana, where the Pekin Noodle Parlor has been business since 1911โ€ฆ
Someone in New York state bought an old bowl at a tag sale in 2007 for $3. When the buyer had it appraised several years later, they learned it was a 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl initially valued at $200,000 to $300,000. It later sold at auction for $2.2 million.โ€ฆ
In 1924, a Chinese-American named Ben Fee was refused service at a San Francisco restaurant. He returned the next day with 10 white friends who each ordered the most expensive dish. Fee was again refused service. He then โ€œconfrontedโ€ his friends. They walked out, leaving the food unpaid for.โ€ฆ
Confucius' family tree is the longest recorded extant pedigree in the world. There are 2 million registered modern descendants, with major branches in Korea (where his family was invited by the Goryeo dynasty in 1351) and Taiwan (where family members fled during the Chinese civil war)โ€ฆ
Harry Houdini wanted to prevent people from copying his "Chinese water torture cell" trick, but didn't want to patent it, as that would require explaining how it works. So he gave a performance of the trick as a one-act play before an audience of one, and then filed for a copyright on the playโ€ฆ
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g)โ€ฆ
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jamโ€ฆ
The Chinese city of Fancheng held out for nearly 6 years against the Mongols - until Kublai Khan's nephew sent him Muslim engineers from Iran that built counterweight trebuchets, with a range of 1,600 ft. and launching projectiles weighing 660 lbs. The city fell within a few days.โ€ฆ
A Filipino singer made a song with Chinese-sounding gibberish. Some of the Chinese community at the Filipino province of Cebu wanted it removed from jukeboxes. According to the singer, a plan to bring it to court failed because no one could find a single Chinese lyric in the song.โ€ฆ
I learned about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American pilot supporting the US Army during WW2. One time, her aircraft made an emergency landing on a farm. The farmer saw her, grabbed a pitchfork, and chased her around the plane, shouting to neighbors that the Japanese had invaded Kansas.โ€ฆ
The game called "Telephone" in the U.S. is known as "Chinese whispers" in Englandโ€ฆ
The ancient Chinese emperor, Zhu Houzhao, had a fake shopping market built outside his palace so he could pretend to shop like the commoners did. It was staffed by his servants who he made dress up like merchants and commoners.โ€ฆ
After the Chinese Civil War, several units of the Nationalist army fled to Burma. When recalled to Taiwan, some refuse and marched into Thailand, where they grew opium while fighting Communists for the government. Their village is now "one of Thailand's top ten destinations among backpackers."โ€ฆ
A doctor in China used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls to be more resistant to HIV, creating the first genetically engineered "designer babies." The Chinese government sentenced him to to 3 years in prison for illegal medical practice.โ€ฆ
Chen Si, a Chinese man, has spent every weekend of the past 13 years patrolling the most notorious suicide spot in China, helping prevent suicides. He has saved well over 300 people.โ€ฆ
One American Chef, Cecilia Chang, is credited for bringing over northern Chinese food to San Francisco in 1960. She introduced Hunan, Scheswean, and other northern styles. Potstickers, peking duck, lettuce wraps, and many more.
The Chinese women who presented the medals in the 2008 Olympics had to be 168-174 centimetres, weigh up to 55 kg, and have an upper to lower-body ratio of 11:13. They trained daily by balancing books on their heads, clenching chopsticks between their teeth, and jamming paper between their kneesโ€ฆ
Today I Learned red pandas, one of the most liked and famous animals aren't a single species but two. Chinese red pandas have redder fur and striped tail rings, while Himalayan pandas have whiter faces. This makes the efforts of their conservation a bit trickier.โ€ฆ
Some languages like English and Mandarin Chinese are spoken slower than others, like Spanish and Japanese, with 20-30% fewer syllabes spoken per second. However, in "slower" languages, more information is conveyed in fewer words, but same amount of information is communicated per unit of time.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Wong Kei, one of the UKโ€™s largest Chinese restaurants and once described as โ€œthe rudest restaurant in Londonโ€: staff would shout at customers, insult them if they asked for knives and forks, and chase them down the street if they felt they had not tipped enoughโ€ฆ
In a subway station in the Chinese city of Nanjing, vending machines sell live crabs. The crabs are kept at 0-10ยฐ C (32-50ยฐ F) - not enough to freeze them, but cold enough to make them docile. Around 200 crabs are sold daily - and if you buy a dead one, you'll get three live ones for freeโ€ฆ
The Manchuโ€“Han Banquet was one of the grandest meals ever documented in Chinese culinary history and consisted of (at least) 108 dishes served in six meals over the course of three daysโ€ฆ
The Ancient Chinese could tell the hour of the day by smell. The incense clock had a timed measure of incense attached to a ball, which then dropped from the display. Each section was indicated by a different aromaโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Chinese assassin, Shi Jianqiao. In the Warlord Era (1916-1928) when Shi was 19, her warlord father was defeated & executed by a rival, Sun Chuanfang. Shi spent her 20s tracking Sun down, killing him in 1935. Chinese society was so moved by her act of filial revenge that the court pardoned herโ€ฆ
The First Chicken Born Outside the Egg. In 2018, Chinese scientists hatched the first chicken without an eggshell. For twenty-one days people watched the bird grow and mature directly through the transparent walls of a glass.
Today I learned about the Nanjing anti-African protests, a student led protest in Beijing from Christmas 1988 to January 1989 in response to two foreign exchange students dating Chinese womenโ€ฆ
The first president of the South American country of Guyana was Chinese. His name is Arthur Chung and he was the first ethnic Chinese to be the head of state of a non-Asian country.โ€ฆ
Due to its docile behavior and it's hibernation patterns coinciding with the rainy season, it has been suggested the Chinese alligator is a source of inspiration for the folklore of the Chinese dragon.โ€ฆ
The โ€œChinese gooseberryโ€ was rebranded as the โ€œkiwi fruitโ€ when New Zealand began exporting them to the USA...during the Cold War.โ€ฆ
In 2007 a Chinese company sold a sofa model with an inappropriate label after their translation software translated the Chinese characters for "dark brown" as "n***er brown".โ€ฆ
In 1999, a Chinese ponzi scheme lasted for 8 years and cheated over a million people almost $1.2 billion by convincing people to invest in "ant farming"โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the preserved body of Xin Zhui, a Chinese noblewoman who died in 163 BC. Her body was preserved in an unknown fluid, with skin soft and moist. Her muscles still allowed for arms and legs to flex at the joints, with all organs and blood vessels intact.โ€ฆ
Singles day is a shopping holiday popular among young Chinese people that celebrate their pride in being single. The date, November 11th (11/11), was chosen because the number "1" resembles an individual who is alone.โ€ฆ
In 2005, a chinese man found that he could still buy lottery tickets within a 5 minute window after the winning numbers were announced. this allowed him to win over $4 million. when chinese authorities caught on, he was sentenced to life in prisonโ€ฆ
For several hundred years, millions of Chinese girls had their bodies painfully misshapen to conform to a prevailing social expectation known as Foot-Binding, where woman's feet are broken and mis-shapen to fit into shoes that can be several inches long.
A baby penguin was born without feathers in a Chinese zoo and was thus rejected by his parents, but the zookeepers found out he had digestion problems so they fed him by hand until he grew feathers and was reunited with his parentsโ€ฆ
A poor 19th century Chinese man failed the civil service exam, fell ill, reread a Christian pamphlet he had earlier ignored, & hallucinated that he was Jesus' brother. He led a cult/rebellion that conquered much of southern China, crowning himself as king. This civil war killed over 10 million.โ€ฆ
The Bing cherry is named after Ah Bing, an Oregon horticulturis who visited China in 1889 and was never allowed to return due to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.โ€ฆ
Sweden had a chance at Norways oil resources for 40% of Volvo back in the late 70s, but Volvo shareholders believed it was being sold too cheap and declined. Norway oil fund is now over 1 trillion $ and Volvo was sold in 2010 to a Chinese company for 1.8 billion.โ€ฆ
Bruce Lee was Eurasian. His great-grandfather was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, so he had Dutch-Jewish ancestry. His grandfather had an affair with a British woman. Bruce was a quarter English, an eighth Dutch-Jewish and five-eighths Chineseโ€ฆ
Bats symbolize good luck and fortune in Chinese culture. In older times, it was even seen as good luck to get a bat in the house.This is partly because the pronunciation of "bat" and "blessing" is the same in Chinese.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Cecelia Chiang, the "Mother of Mandarin Chinese Cooking" in the US. A spy for the OSS during WWII, she came to America in 1960, and ended up guaranteeing a lease for friend for what became the Mandarin restaurant, they backed out and she became owner with zero restaurant experience.โ€ฆ
The original story of Aladdin in One Thousand And One Nights, was actually set in Western China and the main character is a young Chinese Muslim. interestingliterature.comโ€ฆ
Su Hui, a 4th-century female Chinese poet, wrote a massive poem called "Star Gauge" in a 29 x 29 character grid that can be read to form ~3,000 smaller poemsโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the later life of the last emperor of China, Puyi, a man who had been taken out of luxury after world war 2 and became much like a commoner, there was even a time when he cried for forgiveness from a Chinese commoner who suffered under the Japanese puppet state he ruled.โ€ฆ
There is a Chinese MMA fighter challenging and taking out Chinese martial arts "masters"โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Chinese Poet, Li Bai. Considered the greatest poet in Chinese literature, a good chunk of his poems are dedicated to alcohol and drunkeness due to his rampant alcoholism. Legend has that he drowned after drunkenly trying to embrace the moon's reflection upon the river during a ferry-rideโ€ฆ
For years United Technologies Corporation, a major American arms developer, illegally gave China access to highly classified military technology in exchange for an increase in profits and entry into the Chinese civilian helicopter market.โ€ฆ
Rock paper scissors was invented in China. It was dated by a chinese author to go back to 206-220 CE, and was known as 'shoushiling'. It also had many variants spread across China, such as frog, slug and snake.โ€ฆ
In Chinese culture the expression "wearing a green hat" signifies that a man's wife or girlfriend has cheated on him, because the Chinese phrase for "green hat" sounds similar to the word for "cuckold". Because of this, Chinese men won't wear a green hat.โ€ฆ
A Chinese gang formed the first democratic republic in SE Asia, and one of the earliest modern republics in the world, in West Borneo in 1777. It was ended by the Dutch in 1884.โ€ฆ
Many Chinese soldiers that came into contact with protestors at Tiananmen Square refused to open fire on civilians. One official even refused to obey orders by pretending he didn't receive any messages. There was even infighting between the various units over violence against civilians.โ€ฆ
When choosing the name for a Chinese baby, families often follow a "generation name" to pick one of the characters in the name. Such poem is written in advance, and can predetermine the names of thirty-two or more generations, such that after hundreds of years the names spell out the poem.โ€ฆ
The word "Tibet" isn't actually Tibetan. Tibetans call it Bod or รœ-Tsang for the central region. The PRC name for the territory is "Xizang" which means "Western Tsang". One possible origin is "Tufan" which is the Chinese word for "dirt barbarians".โ€ฆ
Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek's wife Chen Jieru wrote a memoir that was suppressed by Chiang from publication until 1993. On their wedding night, Chiang infected Chen with syphilis, leaving her infertile. He later sent her to "study" in the US but never allowed her to return to Chinaโ€ฆ
In Chinese/East Asian culture, the Tiger - not the Lion- is considered the King of all Animals. This is so because it is the biggest land-predator in East Asia, and- more importantly- the markings on its forehead resemble the Chinese character for King/Monarch: "็Ž‹."โ€ฆ
After the pandemic began, many investors purchased the wrong Zoom stock, getting shares in a defunct Chinese hardware company, instead of the calling app, Zoom Video Communications. This meant that the wrong Zoom stock price soared by 1800% before the SEC stepped in.โ€ฆ
20% of Peruvians have at least one Chinese ancestor. Most were brought to Peru as slaves. After freedom, they adopted their mastersโ€™ names, and as a result carry Spanish last names.โ€ฆ
During the battle of Shanghai 411 Chinese soldiers hold out in a warehouse for five days days against 20000 Japanese troops to buy time for other Chinese forces to retreat. warfarehistorynetwork.comโ€ฆ
China has a Dwarf Theme Park exclusively staffed by dwarves. Called โ€œKingdom of the Little Peopleโ€, the park employs over 100 Chinese dwarves to sing and dance.โ€ฆ
While evaluating security at a Fortune 5 company, a penetration tester was suspicious that the small-town restaurant across the street served black duck eggs, a rare Chinese delicacy. The restaurant was reported to the FBI and was revealed to be a front for a Chinese espionage operation.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of "Tetraphobia" or avoiding the number 4 due to the fact it sounds similar to the pronunciation of death in Mandarin Chinese. In some cases this can lead to buildings missing multiple floors, so a 20 story building elevator goes up to 22 because there is no 4th or 14th floors.โ€ฆ
There are multiple replicas of the White House, built mostly by private citizens, throughout the United States, and two in Iran and China (the Chinese White House includes a replica of Mount Rushmore as well).โ€ฆ
Most of the caffeine in soft drinks is actually synthetically produced in Chinese pharmaceutical plantsโ€ฆ
Snake oil made from Chinese water snakes is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, and may have been effective in treating arthritic painโ€ฆ
The last surviving Court Eunuch of the Chinese Emperor was still alive in 1996, and survived the Cultural Revolution in part due to having his preserved genitals thrown awayโ€ฆ
Born in Shanghai, Chinese Premier Yan Huiqing was one of the first American-educated Chinese scholars and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1900 dcwritershomes.wdchumanitโ€ฆ
At the end of the Second World war. Japan only repatriated 56 Chinese prisoners. This was due to a brutal take no prisoners policy.โ€ฆ
That, between 1945 and 1947, correspondent John Roderick spent seven months living with Mao Zedong and other Chinese Communist leaders in the caves of Yan'an.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Chinese poem "Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den," or "Shฤซ shรฌ shรญ shฤซ shว." The poem is solely composed of "shi" 92 times, but pronounced with different tones.โ€ฆ
Chinese premier Zhang Qun died at age of 101 in 1990, and was the world's oldest living former head of government. In 1972, he played a large role in the difficult negotiations regarding Japan's switch of diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of Chinaโ€ฆ
Alchemist Xu Fu, court sorcerer of the first Chinese Emperor, was sent by the emperor to the eastern seas to find the elixir of life. His fleet included 60 boats with 3,000 virgin boys and girls. He sailed for several years without finding it, and on his second voyage he never returnedโ€ฆ
In 1985, Australia decommissioned its only aircraft carrier, and sold it for scrap to a Chinese company. It was towed to China where, before scrapping, it was studied extensively by the military to help design China's first aircraft carrier.โ€ฆ
The first democracies in Asia were the 1700s Borneo "Kongsi Republics." Founded by Chinese merchants, these privately-owned states implemented a statewide-version of a Chinese Village Council (where menfolk voted on decisions), which made them Merchant Republics & Asia's 1st democratic states.โ€ฆ
Former Chinese President Yang Shangkun told his doctor before his death that the crackdown on June 4 had been the Communist Party's "most serious mistake in its history, a mistake he couldn't correct but which would eventually be corrected." He had initially opposed the use of force on students.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Tea-Horse-Road. During Imperial-era, the Chinese noticed that Tibetans prized tea so much, they would trade high-quality horses for tea-bricks. As they needed warhorses to fight nomads, the Chinese set up a government office to sell tea for Tibetan horses, creating the Tea-Horse Road.โ€ฆ
China's "Lost Army." Following the Chinese Civil War, a KMT army fled into Burma and continued to fight the CCP from there. To fund their war, they seized a Burmese province and turned it into narco-state. Some of these soldiers eventually formed some of Southeast Asia's first drug syndicates.โ€ฆ
In 2010 The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country, killing an estimated 30 spiesโ€ฆ
The house were Lincolnโ€™s assassination was planned is now a Chinese restaurantโ€ฆ
After his government lost Mainland China in 1949, Chinese Nationalist President Li Zongren was unwilling to go to Taiwan with Chiang Kai-shek. Li left for the US and began a life in exile there until he was welcomed back to Beijing by Mao Zedong in 1965โ€ฆ
Roughly 2,800 Japanese children were left behind in China after the war. Most were adopted and raised by rural Chinese families.โ€ฆ
, Mel Brooks wore a fake 6th finger to get his handprint in the sidewalk at Grauman's Chinese Theater.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Du Yuesheng, a Triad boss who was granted the rank of general in the Nationalist Chinese army after he ordered his gang to massacre 1000s of communist supporters. He then became head of the Opium Suppression Bureau, which he used to seize opium to be sold by his own criminal organization.โ€ฆ
Jet Li was a Chinese citizen until 2003, United States citizen from 2003 to 2009, and has been a naturalized Singaporean citizen since 2009. He was said to have chosen Singapore for its education system for his two younger daughters.
Anna May Wong, who is widely regarded as the first mainstream Chinese-American actress in Hollywood, auditioned for the role of O-Lan in โ€œThe Good Earth,โ€ but did not get the part because the producer tasked with casting did not find her โ€œbeautiful enoughโ€ for the role.โ€ฆ
, in order to enforce the "one child policy", 324 million Chinese women were subjected to mandatory IUD insertions between 1980 to 2014. Usually with a type that couldn't be removed without major surgery.โ€ฆ
In 1967 a three way battle erupted in Laos as Burmese militia, remnants of Chinese Nationalist armies and the Royal Loa Army each attempted to capture a mule train carrying 16 tons of opium. The Loatian forces emerged victorious and later peddled the heroin to US troops in Vietnam.โ€ฆ
In the past, Chinese writers would use pejorative symbols: such as dog and monkey radicals, to write the names of ethnic groups that the Chinese didn't like.โ€ฆ
In the Netherlands "Gapers" with twisted, grimacing faces were used to denote drug stores / chemists. The ethnicity of the figurehead would be chosen to inform customers of the drugs' origins, often Turkish, Chinese, or Japanese.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about John Rabe, a former nazi who saved 200k+ chinese lives during WW2
The 10 most spoken languages in South America are Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, English, Guarani, Aymara, German, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese (if you combine all the different Chinese dialects)โ€ฆ
Russia built a city in China as the terminus for the Trans-Siberian railway. Its Chinese name, Dalian, comes from the Russian word for "far away".โ€ฆ
One time Queen Victoria was opening a new building when a Chinese man jumped out of the crowd and bowed. They assumed he was some dignitary, so they put him in the parade and walked round the building, but he was just a ship captain who was trying it onโ€ฆ
Chinese billionaires are trying to "return" China's lost cultural artefacts that were looted from the country by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Their efforts range from "buying back" said artefacts to hiring thieves to steal them away from museums and private collections.โ€ฆ
In 2015, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, for helping to create an anti-malaria medicine. In China, she is being called the "three noes" winner: no medical degree, no doctorate, and she's never worked overseasโ€ฆ
The historical Buddha is not known to have been obese. The "chubby Buddha" or "laughing Buddha" is a 10th-century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai.โ€ฆ
Mao Zedong was personally struck by the loss of his own son, Mao Anqing, during the Korean war, a war he had effectively started. North Korea and China commemorated eachโ€™s support in their struggle against the United States and there is a Chinese soldiers cemetary north of Pyongyangโ€ฆ
In China, Harry Potter fan fiction is used as a cultural and educational tool between Western and Chinese cultures. There are a number of "fake" Harry Potter books in China, which address concepts and issues found in Chinese culture.โ€ฆ
The Plasma Economy, in which poor Chinese farmers were paid for plasma extractions from 1991-1995, attracted 3 million donors, 40% of whom contracted HIV due to low health and safety standards.โ€ฆ
Koreans eat about 600 million chickens per year and Korean fried chicken (or KFC) and beer is so popular that its facination has spread to China via Korean soap operas. A Chinese company once flew all 4500 of its employees to Korea so they all can have KFC and beer.โ€ฆ

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