Garlic Fun Facts: 11-15
11. Leeches have an uncanny attraction towards garlic. A hand smothered with garlic will attract leeches in just 14.9 seconds while a hand not covered in garlic will attract those suckers in 44.9 seconds!
12. It is believed that in ancient Egypt, the builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza were given garlic to eat so that they can get endurance and strength.
13. Not just that! Greek Soldiers and even Olympic athletes were given good amounts of garlic before a battle or a match respectively so that their performances improved.
14. Garlic cloves’ sticky juice is a surprisingly good bonding agent for delicate objects such as glass. However, it works well only for smaller jobs.
15. Heard of Gojoseon? It was an ancient Korean Kingdom. Gojoseon had a foundation myth which stated that a bear can be easily transformed into a woman by feeding it with a Korean mugwort bundle and 20 garlic cloves straight for 100 days!
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16. In Central European folklore, garlic used to be a power agent for warding off vampires, werewolves and demons. How to use? Rub garlic on keyholes and chimneys or hang garlic cloves on windows or simply wear a garlic necklace (or wear it in some other ornamental design)!
17. In those countries where Nowruz is celebrated, garlic is one of the Seven-Seen table items. Nowruz is New Year in Persian calendar and Seven-Seen is a traditional display during New Year.
18. There are some Buddhist traditions in which garlic (plus another 5 pungent spices) is thought to be stimulants of aggressive behavior and sexual desires and hence, eating garlic is forbidden. Consumption of the other 5 pungent spices is also forbidden.
19. Muslims are not allowed to go to mosques right after eating garlic. This law is based on several hadith.
20. In Hinduism, garlic is considered to warm up one’s body and also stimulate it. It is because of this, many devout Hindus avoid using garlic and even onion (related to garlic) in preparation of food.