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(Gizmodo)   Meet the Chork: The unholy lovechild of a fork and chopsticks that will prevent WWIII   (gizmodo.com ) divider line
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10480 clicks; posted to Geek » on 12 Apr 2012 at 4:07 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-04-12 12:53:31 AM  
How could your even use that? Chopsticks aren't just a clumsy pair of tongs. You have to move them around and adjust your grip sometimes. You can't just stick 'em together and expect any usefulness.
 
2012-04-12 01:12:30 AM  
My take away?

He really hates spoons.

I'll keep my chopsticks for noodles, you dirty, hairy barbarians, and you can fiddle with these things.

The only use I can see for them are for old people who can't hold chopsticks any more...
 
2012-04-12 02:01:18 AM  

hubiestubert: The only use I can see for them are for old people who can't hold chopsticks any more...


That's why we invented forks.
 
2012-04-12 04:13:01 AM  
Still better than the chopspork.
 
2012-04-12 04:21:10 AM  
People would have less trouble with chopsticks if they only used them for things that they should be used for. Chinese use spoons almost as much as they use the sticks.

/and don't ask for them in a Thai restaurant. Thais use forks and spoons for everything but Chinese-style noodle dishes.
//Truly ironic ethnic food hipsters can use them, because they really know they shouldn't.
 
2012-04-12 05:06:57 AM  

vossiewulf: Still better than the chopspork.


Quiet you.


0Icky0: People would have less trouble with chopsticks if they only used them for things that they should be used for.


This.

Also if people learned HOW you can use them. You don't just pick up everything. You can move, poke, prod, speak, cut, pinch, and snatch with chopsticks. Plus they have length.

A good yakiniku (aka Korean BBQ) join will have the grill at the table and you can use your chopsticks to manipulate the meat you're cooking without getting near the heat and pick it up with ease. With tongs and a fork, chances are you'd lose a lot of meat and you couldn't pick something up, dip it in the sauce, and eat it without juggling implements.
 
2012-04-12 05:07:45 AM  
Although they're not very good conversationalists.
 
2012-04-12 06:22:13 AM  
What's the deal with Chinese people? I tell you... theyre really hanging in there with those chopsticks.... and you know theyve seen the fork... No one is plowing 40 acres with a couple of pool cues.

mpshea.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-04-12 06:24:37 AM  
So, I see the Chork industries check cleared.
 
2012-04-12 06:26:50 AM  
I'd have gone with the name "Foksticks".
 
2012-04-12 06:31:03 AM  

doglover: How could your even use that? Chopsticks aren't just a clumsy pair of tongs. You have to move them around and adjust your grip sometimes. You can't just stick 'em together and expect any usefulness.


They separate. TFA even has pictures.
 
2012-04-12 06:39:37 AM  

ryarger: doglover: How could your even use that? Chopsticks aren't just a clumsy pair of tongs. You have to move them around and adjust your grip sometimes. You can't just stick 'em together and expect any usefulness.

They separate. TFA even has pictures.


Then why do you need the fork part? You can use chopsticks as a two pronged fork. There's a reason we didn't have forks until late Middle Ages but chopsticks predate writing.
 
2012-04-12 07:41:30 AM  
Well, if that's what it takes to prevent WWIII, I guess I'll have to go buy a set.
 
2012-04-12 07:42:05 AM  
Just the thing for eating 'sweet and sour chicken' coated in bright orange sauce out of little cardboard boxes.


Jebus, even I'm not white enough to try to eat with a pair of these things.
 
2012-04-12 07:46:29 AM  
There is no chork
 
2012-04-12 07:54:39 AM  
why not just use a fork? Chopstick use has always struck me as something that's done for the sake of being overly difficult.
 
2012-04-12 08:00:17 AM  
The Foon laughs at you. Or you could call him Spork. He's not picky.
 
2012-04-12 08:17:01 AM  
greatgamingcrusade.com

Will deal with the author soon.....
 
2012-04-12 08:26:13 AM  
heh - I happen to be in Beijing right now. It's times like these that remind me how difficult it is to use chopsticks. Big things I can pick up passably, but I'm pretty much flailing around stupidly for everything else. Even if I practiced for years and became the quisatz haddarach of chopsticks, I'd still prefer a fork. I can see my local colleagues having trouble sometimes too. The fork always wins. It pokes. It scoops. It can cut/trim too!
 
2012-04-12 08:26:21 AM  
"What's the deal with Chinese people?"..."Chinese use spoons almost as much as they use the sticks."

Not to mention Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Filipino, Burmese, and Malay people (among others)...

thumbs.dreamstime.com

/angry asian is angry
/doing it wrong?
 
2012-04-12 08:34:22 AM  

0Icky0: Chinese use spoons almost as much as they use the sticks.


Not in my experience... The only time I see them using the spoon-like things (which are not spoons as teh occidentals like myself think of them) is for soup. I can see the argument re: the length and items in a fire or on a grill, but frankly that's why I choose to cook only until the food is perfect then I serve it on a plate. cheers
 
2012-04-12 09:05:20 AM  

doglover: Then why do you need the fork part? You can use chopsticks as a two pronged fork. There's a reason we didn't have forks until late Middle Ages but chopsticks predate writing.


"The first chopsticks (new window) were probably used for cooking, stirring the fire, serving or seizing bits of food, and not as eating utensils."
 
2012-04-12 09:07:53 AM  

doglover: Then why do you need the fork part? You can use chopsticks as a two pronged fork. There's a reason we didn't have forks until late Middle Ages but chopsticks predate writing.


I always hate that argument.

Why is that relevant? Older doesn't make it better.

Clubs predate writing but now we use guns because they're more effective for killing people.
 
2012-04-12 09:26:07 AM  
Somebody's gonna put an eye out.
 
2012-04-12 09:26:43 AM  
Wow, that guy is really pissed off at eating utensils. I wonder if he's the same sort of person who honks at the cars in front of him to go if they're not peeling out the nanosecond the light turns green.

My philosophy is "find what works for you and move on with your life." Or, if you want to actually enjoy a dish the way the locals would eat it, just use the utensil that makes the most sense for the dish you're ingesting.

That, or eat foods designed to be consumed with no utensils (pizza, sandwiches, finger foods, cups of soup, etc) and find something more important to get angry about.
 
2012-04-12 09:32:52 AM  
BTW, those are basically the same as the "trainer sticks" sushi chefs will hurl at n00bs. Just add a fork.

babyccinoblog.com

Of course, you only see pictures of toddlers and foreign devils using them.
 
Bf+
2012-04-12 09:33:01 AM  
Looks like the venn diagram needs an update...
www.geekologie.com

Knorkstick?
 
2012-04-12 09:34:17 AM  
I had lunch with a Chinese friend who was extolling the virtues of chopsticks. Her main point was that one could pick up a single grain of rice with a chopstick. So, I picked up a single grain of rice with the tine of my fork.

Then we talked about the weather.

/I have nothing against chopsticks, but forks are fine tools - even for noodles.
 
2012-04-12 09:38:28 AM  

rocky_howard: Clubs predate writing but now we use guns because they're more effective for killing people.


Hey, I only kill people using an artisanally crafted club made from the finest rock maple. You might find your guns easier to use, but every time I swing my club I connect, really connect, with my ancestral past.
 
2012-04-12 09:39:56 AM  

Bf+: Looks like the venn diagram needs an update...
[www.geekologie.com image 450x508]

Knorkstick?


I believe the Splayd is a specific brand of sporf (new window).
 
2012-04-12 09:40:41 AM  

DeaH: Her main point was that one could pick up a single grain of rice catch a fly with a chopstick


FTFY, Daniel-san.
 
2012-04-12 09:40:55 AM  

jtown: BTW, those are basically the same as the "trainer sticks" sushi chefs will hurl at n00bs. Just add a fork.

[babyccinoblog.com image 280x198]

Of course, you only see pictures of toddlers and foreign devils using them.


Sei gweilo!

Baka gaijin!

Ang mo!
 
2012-04-12 09:55:29 AM  

bangmaid: What's the deal with Chinese people? I tell you... theyre really hanging in there with those chopsticks.... and you know theyve seen the fork... No one is plowing 40 acres with a couple of pool cues.

[mpshea.files.wordpress.com image 300x393]


Believe it or not, I came here to post this very quote.
 
2012-04-12 10:28:43 AM  
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2012-04-12 10:40:30 AM  

jtown: Somebody's gonna put an eye out.


Seriously. That just screams lawsuit.
 
2012-04-12 11:04:07 AM  
I totally saw a box of those in Serenity's kitchen.
 
2012-04-12 11:09:49 AM  

wjllope: Not in my experience... The only time I see them using the spoon-like things (which are not spoons as teh occidentals like myself think of them) is for soup.


In Hong Kong at least, every lunch box comes with chopsticks and a plastic spoon. You use the sticks for the bits of meat and the spoon for the rice. Or a spoon for both.
At dinner, you don't really need the spoon for eating (you use another type for serving from the big dish in the middle of the table) because you hold the small rice bowl up to your mouth and feed the rice into your maw with the sticks. But the sticky kind of rice is easy with the sticks. The looser kind is impossible - and Chinese will always use a spoon for this.
Just tonight I sat next to an English girl trying to eat pineapple rice (Thai style) with chopsticks. It was futile. No Thai or Chinese would use sticks on that dish. She gave up and left half of it on the table.
 
2012-04-12 11:13:32 AM  
Chopsticks are nice, but they are indeed only for certain foods, and by certain foods I mean sushi only, because using a fork will destroy the little things and you are supposed to eat them whole.

For the rest forks work fine, I guess certain noodles are served in a way that chopsticks make less of a mess, but thats because the way its served, not because the noodles will get damaged with a fork.
 
2012-04-12 12:09:17 PM  
Chopsticks are fun. They're also not hard to use. Learn some fine motor skills, people.
 
2012-04-12 12:44:23 PM  

theorellior: Chopsticks are fun. They're also not hard to use. Learn some fine motor skills, people.


It's just as difficult to take out an eye with a fork as it is with a chopstick.
 
2012-04-12 02:57:07 PM  
Am I the only one here that has a hard time eating noodles with a fork? I'm loads of fun at Italian restaurants, I'm the hapa looking guy covered in marinara sauce.
 
2012-04-12 04:02:52 PM  
I'm not saying its tongs, but its tongs.

Funny how we use the word for war-gangs to name an instrument that allows us to extend our grasp by proxy.
 
2012-04-12 06:24:14 PM  
1. How do you use the fork part after it has been split apart?
2. It says 3 in 1 tool. What is the third implement?
 
2012-04-12 06:35:30 PM  
Chorck would be a good name for the leader of a punk rock street gang in a cheesy horror movie
 
2012-04-12 07:52:23 PM  
i'm sad that the knork never caught on.

i think chorks would be cool for a party where you were serving asian food.
 
2012-04-12 08:13:53 PM  

rocky_howard: doglover: Then why do you need the fork part? You can use chopsticks as a two pronged fork. There's a reason we didn't have forks until late Middle Ages but chopsticks predate writing.

I always hate that argument.

Why is that relevant? Older doesn't make it better.

Clubs predate writing but now we use guns because they're more effective for killing people.


*offer not valid in England
 
2012-04-12 08:39:44 PM  
It's funny how many of you didn't look past the first pic. It breaks apart into two chopsticks.

Which brings me to...I generally use the chopsticks to eat all the pieces of meat and veggies. Then if the rice isn't sticky enough to be picked up with chopsticks I'll use a fork or a spoon. This doesn't make the transition back to a fork. I'll keep my eating devices seperate.
 
2012-04-12 11:28:42 PM  
How will it prevent Nintendo's next console?

You said it will prevent WWIII.
 
2012-04-13 07:23:45 AM  

0Icky0: She gave up and left half of it on the table.


heh - that sounds like me - but i am getting better (slowly). Fortunately, I have no qualms asking for a fork at some point after i've given it my best effort. again. I do try though. cheers
 
2012-04-13 10:27:12 AM  
Chork
Not quite chicken, not quite pork...
Chork - The flavor that nature forgot.
 
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