GEORGE Washington, the first US president, was born on February 22, in the year 1732. He was born in Virginia. His father's name was Augustine and his mother's name was Mary Ball. It is thought that he had little formal education. In 1751, as a young man, he took a trip to Barbados with his half-brother, Lawrence. It was Lawrence who arranged for George to inherit Mount Vernon. Part of the reason chopsticks are so useful is that Asian-style cooking calls for the food to be cut into small pieces. In ancient cultures people ate with their hands. But chopsticks were used to delicately pluck food from plates long before Europeansinvented the fork!