The record for shucking oysters is held by Frenchman Marcel Lesoille, who shucked 2,064 oysters in one hour.
George Pauling (19th century South African railway builder) whose favorite parlor trick was to pick up a horse and carry it around his billiards table, was alleged to have shared with two friends a breakfast of 1000 oysters and eight bottles of champagne.
Pax Britannica, vol 2, The Climax of Empire
James Morris; Faber & Faber 1968.
It is believed that Chesapeake Bay oysters have been gathered by humans for over 6,000 years.
Chesapeake Bay oyster production in the late 19th century was over 111 million pounds; in 1980 it was 22 million pounds; in 1990 it was less than 4 million pounds.
TO FATTEN OYSTERS
“Mix one pint of salt with thirty pints of water. Put the oysters in a tub that will not leak, with their mouths upwards and feed them with the above, by dipping in a broom and frequently passing over their mouths. It is said that they will fatten still more by mixing fine meal with the water.”
From Housekeeping in Old Virginia, 1887.
The world's only oyster museum is on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
Sonya Thomas ate 36 dozen oysters in 10 minutes for the world record.