How to Use Your Spork Properly

Sporks

From popular joking points in kitchens, people learn to properly use a spork in jail. Prisoners are given plastic sporks because they can’t be weaponized.

Sporks have been around a long time. They were first patented in the U.S. in the mid 1800’s, although the idea wasn’t new.

The concept behind a spork, other than why it is issued to inmates, is pretty obvious. A fork and spoon combo! In 1848 the first patent was issued for a spork that had a cutting blade. Whether this had any applications is unclear. Maybe in the military.

At any rate, if you invented the spork today, a lot of people would say “how stoned were you?” Sporks don’t work well for eating anything, at least in my opinion. Sporks illustrate a fundamental thought in physics, which is that in trying to adopt the qualities of a fork and spoon at once, the benefits of a fork, or spoon, are lost. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

 

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T.N.Cheshire is a retired Chef with a background in sociology and business. She writes about food, humor and life all around us.

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