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Five interesting facts about chopsticks

February 7, 2019 GMT

Forego the fork today

When the calendar reads Feb. 6, you know it’s National Chopstick Day. So, use a pair to consume a meal before the day is through.

Exercise while you eat

Using chopsticks involves more than 30 joints and 50 muscles in the fingers, wrist, arm, shoulder, as well as thousands of nerves.

Popular in many places

Almost one third of the world uses chopsticks every day, about as many as use a knife and fork.

They’ve stood the test of time

It is believed these unique eating tools were developed about 3,000 to 5,000 years ago in China. The exact date of their creation is uncertain.


Sound familiar?

Eighty percent of chopsticks made in Japan are produced in the little city of Obama, like former President Barack Obama. The town has a population of about 32,000.