Fact or Fiction??

1. The father of Japanese language learning in Japan was a Russian merchant who was shipwrecked on the Russian coast in 1701.

2. The first chainsaw was designed in 1830 for surgical purposes.

3. The English word “check” in all of its uses comes from the Chess-related word, “checkmate” which is a mispronunciation of the Persian phrase “Shah Mat” (The King is frozen/stumped).

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Answer key:

  1. Fact! His name was Dembei.
  2. Fiction! It was actually designed in 1780 for the purpose of sawing bone.
  3. Fact!

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