Did You Know that . . . . ?
By Robert Strybel, "The Polish Answer Man" Did You Know that . . . . ?
ADid You Know That ........?
Compiled by Robert Strybel, Polish/Polonian Affairs Writer
ul. Kaniowska 24
01-529 Warsaw, Poland
*** Polands principal river is the Wisla (Latin and English: Vistula, German: Weichsel) which has its origin in the Tatra Mountains down south, winds its way northwards over a distance of 1,047 km (650 miles) and empties into the Baltic around Gdansk.
*** Worth visiting and organizing a bus tour to is the
Polish Museum of America, a rich repository of Polish art, historical
items, folk costumes, military mementos and memorabilia associated with
Kościuszko, Modrzejewska and Paderewski. For more information contact:
*** According to Polish folk wisdom, only marriages concluded in months that contain the letter r (in Polish) are said to be successful. That would exclude maj (May), as well as styczen (January), luty (February), kwiecien (April), lipiec (July) and listopad (November).
*** As seen in the preceding entry, months of the year are not capitalized in Polish. Neither are days of the week, the names of religious orders (franciszkanin, felicjanka), city-dwellers (londynczyk, gdanszczanin) and cars makes (ford, fiat, mercedes), unless they happen to be the first word in a sentence.
*** Nearly 97% of
*** Kevlar, the DuPont fiber first marketed in 1971 and
used in bullet-proof vests, was invented by Pol-Am chemist Stephanie Kwolek.
Seventy years earlier, the
*** Warsaw International Airport is named after composer
The Polish-American Symphony Orchestra, based in suburban
*** The Polish flag displayed upside down (with the red
field at the top and the white one at bottom) is exactly the same as the
official flags of
*** The pierwsze pietro or first floor in
*** Starka, a brandy known in the
*** Polands largest cities are: Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lublin, Gdynia, Bialystok, Czestochowa, Sosnowiec, Radom and Kielce.
*** The statue of a fire-breathing dragon is a major
attraction outside the Dragons Cave at the food of
*** Hippocrene Books is
*** Poland, which is on Central European Time, switched from winter time to summer time (known in the US as daylight-saving time) on March 30th by pushing the clock ahead one hour.
*** Polands 10 most popular last names are: Nowak, Kowalski, Wisniewski, Dabrowski, Lewandowski, Wojcik, Kaminski, Kowalczyk, Zielinski, Szymanski and Wozniak.
*** Snuff-taking has long been a part of the heritage of
the Kashubians, an ethnic subgroup of farmers and fishermen inhabiting
*** The closest thing Polonia has to
*** A distinctly Polish piece of headwear is the visored four-cornered hat which is part of the regulation dress uniforms of the military and other uniformed services. It is based on the traditional rogatywka which forms part of the mens Krakowiak outfit.
*** The worlds largest oil painting is the Crucifixion, painted by Polish artist Jan Styka and first displayed at the 1904 St Louis Worlds Fair, may be viewed in a specially built pavilion at Los Angeles sprawling Forest Lawn Memorial Park (cemetery).
*** On the control panel of a Polish elevator 1 is the American second floor (the floor above the ground floor), the P is the ground floor (parter) and the 0 is the basement. If you see 00, that means there is a below-basement level such as an underground parking garage.
*** Officially the hue of red specified for the Polish flag is vermilion (in Polish: cynober) which is a bright-red pigment made from mercuric sulfide. The flag with a crowned white eagle on a red shield in the white upper half is flown by the President of Poland, Polish diplomatic legations broad and Polish ships at sea.