Culinary Number.

Chopsticks. The chopstick was invented nearly four thousand years ago, but it found limited acceptance until the year 238 A.D., when the legendary Emperor Hu Wi invented the other chopstick.

Couscous. The science of pasta miniaturization has proceeded so far in Morocco that Moroccan chefs are now able to produce pasta at the quantum level.

Cutlery. Curiously enough, the Chinese believe that eating with a knife and fork is a barbaric custom. Even more curiously, their belief is objectively correct.

Olives. The olive is not in itself edible; the supposed edibility of the olive is an example of the well-known “placebo effect.”