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Did you know...Edit
- ... that the painter Jan Matejko always depicted Stańczyk (pictured), Poland's most famous court jester, with a concerned and reflective look on his face?
- ... that King Christian IV of Denmark was probably the most notable person in history to be afflicted with the hair disease known as Polish plait?
- ... that girls in Poland wear red lingerie underneath their dresses during a studniówka (high school ball)?
- ... that not all Polish names end in -ski?
- ... that according to an old Polish legend, the sorcerer Pan Twardowski was the first man on the Moon?
- ... that there are several theories about the origins of the name of Poland?
- ... that the Polish cochineal (lifecycle pictured) gave its name to the color red and the month of June in most Slavic languages?
- ... that the Banner of Poland, despite its 1000-year old history, is not officially considered a Polish national symbol?
- ... that the Jack of the President of the Republic of Poland was originally intended only for usage on naval vessels in the presence of the commander-in-chief?
- ... that the position of the President of the Republic is the only undisputed one in the Polish order of precedence?
- ... that Józef Kowalczyk served longer in one country than any other apostolic nuncio?
- ... that only one of the 114 registered museums in Poland is privately owned?
- ... that popes awarded blessed swords and hats to defenders of Christendom, including at least 12 emperors, 10 kings of France, 7 kings of Poland, 6 kings of Spain, and the nation of Switzerland?
- ... that the motto of a cookbook by Paul Tremo (pictured), a court chef to King Stanislaus Augustus of Poland, was, "Not everyone thinks, but everyone eats"?
- ... that the Polish street food known as zapiekanka has been described both as "Polish pizza" and "a poor relative of its distant Italian cousin"?
- ... that common hogweed was originally the main ingredient of borscht?
- ... that Compendium ferculorum by Stanisław Czerniecki is the first cookbook written originally in Polish?
- ... that in 2013, Poland became the world's largest producer of mead made according to traditional methods (example pictured)?
- ... that Compendium ferculorum ("A Collection of Dishes"), the oldest cookbook in Polish, inspired the description of a traditional banquet in the Polish national epic?