Cultural Info: Poland
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In the West, by a town near Gryfino, a mysterious forest has 400 pine trees all with a 90-degree bend at the base of their trunks – all facing northward.
The old salt mine, Wieliczka, has some amazing attractions including an underground cathedral all carved out of & made from rock salt by miners.
It is estimated that 100 million paczki, a Polish doughnut, are consumed every year on the the Thursday before Ash Wednesday alone.
Polish born Marie Curie(1867-1934) was the first and only Nobel laureate in two different sciences and first female professor at the Sorbonne University.
Covering 1/3 of Poland, it's geothermal waters resources are ranked among the richest in Europe. Equivalent to some 3.5 billion tons of oil, it is sufficient for heating the houses of about 30 million people
In addition to birthdays, Poles celebrate their name day or "imieniny", which is the day commemorating the saint they are named after. Just like birthdays, there are parties with food, drinks, presents and the singing of the traditional birthday song, "sto lat"