MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
Believe it or not, the word orange was used to describe the fruit before it was ever used to describe the color.
- The word orange had come through many languages before it arrived in English
- Earliest uses are found in Sanskrit (naranga)
- By 1300, the leading n had been dropped and the Old French word Orenge was being used in reference to the fruit
- The word isn’t used to describe the color until the 1540s. Before that, it was just known as “yellow-red”
MINI BION EXTRAS
- Oranges and lemons did not exist in North America until the arrival of Christopher Columbus’ second voyage in 1493
- Sara Jane Trout of Aspinwall, Pennsylvania, ate 3,248 oranges in 1938 as a cure for diabetes.
- In Ivrea, Italy, there is an annual “battle of the oranges” in which participants throw oranges at each other
“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.