Fun Fact Friday


Happy Friday, Noshers!  It’s our first weekend in December! Any fun plans?

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Today’s Fun Fact is one that I’ve grown up always knowing, but it may be new for some of you!

Never stick chopsticks upright in a bowl of food – it is considered bad luck in Chinese culture.

Now here’s a pop quiz for you – anyone know the reason?

(I could just tell you right now, but thought it would be fun for you to guess!)

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    December 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I know why but I am at an unfair advantage since I am Asian. 🙂 I’ll let your other readers guess! 🙂

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    December 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I learned that through a show on TV Network once when the host was going to a sushi restaurant. She didn’t explain why, though. I’m interested to hear. 🙂

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    December 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I’ve never heard this rule, but don’t think I’ve ever stuck my chopsticks upright. Now I want to know what it’s bad luck!!!

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    Our Wired Lives
    December 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I think this is true for all ancestor worshiping cultures that use chopsticks.

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    December 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve never heard this, but have been guilty of it a time or two. Oops! My guess is because “you could poke your eye out!”… but I have a feeling that’s not it. I’m intrigued now, especially about the ancestor worship aspect!

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    December 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I’m in the same boat as Annie so I’ll let others guess! 🙂

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    December 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Eeek, I think I’ve done this! No clue why it’s bad luck, but interested to find out!

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    December 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I’ll also let others guess 🙂

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    December 3, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I’m Asian , but I have no idea, so here’s my guess: Something about violence & stabbing?

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    Evelyn S
    December 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

    It resembles incense and can represent death.

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    Makes Me Blush
    December 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I’m not sure, but I think I once heard that it’s bad luck because it’s disrespectful to the animal to stab the food? Or I could be totally full of it.

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    December 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Some hinted at this before, but the answer is – chopsticks should not be stuck upright in a bowl of food because it resembles the incense-burning ritual of funerals.

    Now you know!

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