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(Salon)   The history of the spork is inextricably tied to racism, sexism ... and Bill Clinton   (salon.com) divider line 40
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2012-10-07 12:06:28 AM
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/sounds like something Bill Clinton would do
//ergo guilty as charged
 
2012-10-07 06:55:59 AM
... **still scratching head wondering where sexism comes into play in the article**
 
2012-10-07 06:57:32 AM

batcookie: ... **still scratching head wondering where sexism comes into play in the article**


Eh, some man did something, so Feminism.
 
2012-10-07 07:18:31 AM

FirstNationalBastard: batcookie: ... **still scratching head wondering where sexism comes into play in the article**

Eh, some man did something, so Feminism.


Oh, shiat. I'm doing something right now.
 
2012-10-07 07:26:58 AM

James F. Campbell: FirstNationalBastard: batcookie: ... **still scratching head wondering where sexism comes into play in the article**

Eh, some man did something, so Feminism.

Oh, shiat. I'm doing something right now.


Well, I hope you're proud of yourself.
 
2012-10-07 07:30:15 AM
" The history of the foon is inextricably tied to racism, sexism ... and Bill Clinton" 


FTFM
 
2012-10-07 07:31:08 AM

FirstNationalBastard: James F. Campbell: FirstNationalBastard: batcookie: ... **still scratching head wondering where sexism comes into play in the article**

Eh, some man did something, so Feminism.

Oh, shiat. I'm doing something right now.

Well, I hope you're proud of yourself.


That isn't funny!
 
2012-10-07 07:34:35 AM
Oh he didn't stick a spork up there too did he?
 
2012-10-07 07:37:49 AM

Shmeat: " The history of the foon is inextricably tied to racism, sexism ... and Bill Clinton" 


FTFM


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2012-10-07 07:42:17 AM
I read the entire article. It appeared the history of the spork had very little to do with racism, sexism, or Bill Clinton. On the other hand, there were aspects of functionality, economics and safety involved.

/I'm not much fun at parties.
 
2012-10-07 07:57:03 AM
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2012-10-07 07:58:31 AM
I can't wait for their in-depth analysis of the history of the spildo.
 
2012-10-07 08:03:43 AM
I recently ate an entire family sized KFC coleslaw using a spork so kicks, etc.
 
2012-10-07 08:07:55 AM
And all this time I thought that Taco Bell invented it.
 
2012-10-07 08:08:57 AM
Could somebody do a tl;dr for that article?
 
2012-10-07 08:15:43 AM
Screw sporks. The true winner in a multifunctional utensil is the Splayd:

i1054.photobucket.com

/oz gets the lazyman prize
 
2012-10-07 09:03:05 AM
It like sporks for catfood.
 
2012-10-07 09:39:42 AM

Mugato: Oh he didn't stick a spork up there too did he?


No. It was used to break the crust open and scrape it away first.
 
2012-10-07 09:43:28 AM
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/knork? 
//spife??
///(head explodes)
 
2012-10-07 09:57:14 AM
Am I the only one who fails to see the utility of combining the sharp cutting power of the Knife with any other utensil?
You put it on the tines of a fork? You can't eat cheese cake without slicing your smile, so you look like Ichi or the Joker.
You put it on the side of a spoon? You're giving yourself an ironic hipster lip piercing every time you eat stew.
You put it on the back side of the spoon? You get stigmata when you want to enjoy a kiwi.

The only combination that I see have a practical use is the Nelson Knife, for people with 1 hand.
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You rock the knife to cut and then flip it over to stab with a sideways fork. This way the knife is always on the outside of your mouth.
 
2012-10-07 09:58:08 AM
Wow... I know we are a society who prides itself on the free exchange of ideas, but this is just stupid..
 
2012-10-07 10:15:05 AM
Salon.com: Everything is inextricably tied to racism and sexism (and islamophobia).
 
2012-10-07 10:20:34 AM
WTF did I just read?

You have to be careful with those sporks. They all look alike and they're coming for our white womens. Once they go spork, the'll never go dork.
 
2012-10-07 10:40:43 AM
The term "spork" is first recorded in a dictionary in 1909

I thought it was a Sniglet introduced by Rich Hall in the 1980s.
This changes everything.
 
2012-10-07 10:57:13 AM
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2012-10-07 11:04:03 AM
Stop looking at me like that.
 
2012-10-07 11:35:45 AM
GIS 'Splayds' and there's a surprising amount of them, from those apparently designed for fine dining, made from stainless to those sold in gold plate in a fancy box and, of course, plastic ones.

I was impressed, having never heard the term before.

Sporks are OK. They're a cheaper improvement over the old pile of plastic knives, forks and spoons they used to have at fast food places. Each individually wrapped.

Decades ago, I looked up formal dining and my jaw dropped when I saw the confusing and major array of utensils spread out on both sides of a dinner plate. Dessert spoon, salad fork, meat fork, butter knife, steak knife, soup spoon, tea spoon, coffee spoon and a few more who's mysterious use I can't recall. Some were tiny little things.

I'm still not sure what the two pronged fork was for. Maybe jabbing into the back of the hand of a guest with a 'boarding house reach'.
I did get a kick out of the tiny salt spoons that came with the salt bowls.

Then, a good host would have to know where, on each side of the plate, these things went. I figured it wasn't worth the fuss. Gimmee a knife, fork and spoon and I'm set.

I guess at a formal dinner, I'm the guy who might tuck his linen napkin into the neck of his shirt and slurp soup.

The spork is a practical and cheap, cost saving innovation for the fast food culture. Think of the millions of bucks it saves by not having to have an equal amount of the three basic tools stacked up for Billy Bob and his BBQ plate.

I recall reading somewhere that in about the 1700's, it wasn't uncommon for gentlemen to carry their own knife, fork and spoon with them, in a case, in their pockets. Especially when traveling. After the meal, they wiped them off and returned them to their case.

Some carried silver toothpicks, the wooden ones having not been developed yet. Some were also Ivory. You didn't toss those things out.

Still, a gold plated set of Splayds, in a velvet lined, rich oak box? A little much?
 
2012-10-07 11:46:30 AM
The racism is toward the japs.
 
2012-10-07 11:51:59 AM
"...as mentioned above, the term "spork" dates back to before 1909, and the form itself is still older: In 19th century American silverware, both terrapin forks and ice-cream spoons were sporks in all but name (they were also known as "runcible spoons" after the Edward Lear poem)."


Good, I'm glad they covered this. It saves me the trouble of getting all pedantic in this thread. I'll just leave the whole dumb poem here:

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey,
and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married;
too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand on the edge of the sand
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
 
2012-10-07 12:17:15 PM
 
2012-10-07 12:25:38 PM
I have 2 utensil related stories to share:

About 6 years or so ago I worked in a call center (sweatshop) and there was a zero-tolerance policy on weapons which actually extended to the breakroom supplies. So, no plastic knives. Just sporks. Boxes and boxes of sporks. Heaven help you if you needed to cut up an apple or something.

A couple of weeks ago, I found a really nice set of silverware in my local pawn shop. Picked it up for next to nothing and now I have something pretty for the holidays. However, as I was going thru and polishing it, I came across a truly bizarre piece-it was a spoon that was sharp and pointy on one side. So, to the internets I went. Turns out the blasted thing is a jelly spoon. Why on earth would a person ever need to cut jelly? I'm sure I'll use it during the holidays just because it's so weird.
 
2012-10-07 12:36:13 PM

specialkae: I have 2 utensil related stories to share:

About 6 years or so ago I worked in a call center (sweatshop) and there was a zero-tolerance policy on weapons which actually extended to the breakroom supplies. So, no plastic knives. Just sporks. Boxes and boxes of sporks. Heaven help you if you needed to cut up an apple or something.

A couple of weeks ago, I found a really nice set of silverware in my local pawn shop. Picked it up for next to nothing and now I have something pretty for the holidays. However, as I was going thru and polishing it, I came across a truly bizarre piece-it was a spoon that was sharp and pointy on one side. So, to the internets I went. Turns out the blasted thing is a jelly spoon. Why on earth would a person ever need to cut jelly? I'm sure I'll use it during the holidays just because it's so weird.

It's useful molded jellied things. Jello and canned cranberry sauce
 
2012-10-07 12:42:43 PM
I added a titanium spork to my go-bag a couple years ago. Turns out you can't eat yogurt with a swiss army knife.
 
2012-10-07 01:06:46 PM
My favorite Spork poetry:

Sporkymandias:

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said-- "Two vast and tineless forks of stone
Stand near the desert (cart)... Near them, on the sand
Half sunk, a bowl-less spoon there lies, whose handle
And plastic lip, and smear of cold lentil soup,
Tell that its sculptor well those utensils knew
Which yet survive, stamped out in plastic thousands,
The hand that which held them and the heart they fed;

And on the serving cart, these words appear:
My name is Sporkymandias, Spoon of Spoons and Fork of Forks,
Look on my Sporks, ye hungry and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and empty fast-food tables stretch far away. 

Sporkadu:

In Sporkadu did Kubla Khan
A hearty lentil soup decree
Where Alf, the pesky alien ran
Through reruns measureless to man
Acrueing royalties.
So twice five bowls of soup ran
Like Alph (the sacred river, not the alien)
Between the tines of silver forks, and
Golden oval spoons of kings
Forgathered not the tasty chunks of ham.

But Oh! That floculent temper'd bowl which slanted
Down the white handle athwart a radiant recycling Triangle!
A savage spork, as sharp and spike'd
as e'er industrial plastic was pointed
By engineer wailing for his lay-ed off paycheck.

And from this utensil, seamless ivory twisting
As if this spork in heavy seas were listing,
A mighty splash of soup momently was forced;
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments of bacon fat vaulted like Germanic wurst
Or potatoe salad, on sporkish arbalests projected.

And 'mid these flying splashes at once and ever
It flung momently, soup from sacred soup bowl sailing
Five inches, spilling with a mazy motion
Through table cloth past serving silver
Then reached the carpets, measureless to man
And sank in tumult, in endless piles of shag

And 'mid this tumult Kubla (not Fran or Ollie) heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying famine
Lest married be tine and deep vessel.

The shadow of the bowl of lentil soup
Floated midway on the chunks of bacon
Where was heard the mingled munching
From the water fountain and cafeteria
It was a miracle of a rare device:
A spork, a spoon with tines carved thrice!
 
2012-10-07 01:07:38 PM

memebot_of_doom: Could somebody do a tl;dr for that article?


What you see is what you get. There is absolutely nothing remotely interesting about the spork.
 
2012-10-07 04:50:58 PM
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/fascinating
 
2012-10-07 05:27:06 PM

WordsnCollision: [www.lesjones.com image 443x500]

/knork? 
//spife??
///(head explodes)


how do you hold a splayed? Isn't the edge of the handle a blade?
 
2012-10-07 05:33:23 PM
What we need is a spork with a clock in it. Kind of a... clork. or...a, ya' know, splorcklock kind of a thing...
 
2012-10-07 09:23:34 PM
Popeyes red beans and rice tastes better when eaten with a spork.

Fact.
 
2012-10-08 07:58:22 PM
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