General George Pickett (who had been told by Robert E. Lee to hold Five Forks at all costs) was attending a shad bake several miles away with other Confederate Generals when his troops were routed at Five Forks, severing the last remaining lifeline to the Confederate capitol of Richmond. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was β€œshameful in front of their guests,” he replied β€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Today I learned of the Wong Kei, one of the UK’s largest Chinese restaurants and once described as β€œthe rudest restaurant in London”: staff would shout at customers, insult them if they asked for knives and forks, and chase them down the street if they felt they had not tipped enough en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
A study of 60 people found that people eat more when using a small fork than a large one, when they had a well-defined hunger satiation goal. Otherwise, people consumed less with the small fork. jstor.org/stable/pdf/10.1…
Baguette in French actually translates to β€œbaton, wand or stick” - the baguette was called une baguette de pain (a baton of bread). Its name was shortened over time. If you eat Asian food in France, you might choose to forgo your fork and knife and eat with des baguettes (chopsticks) instead. frenchtogether.com/baguet…
In 2006 a Filipino-born Canadian boy was punished by his school for using his cutlery according to Filipino etiquette. The teacher sanctioned the 7-year-old Luc for what the school called "disgusting" and "piggish" eating habits: using a fork to push his food onto a spoon before eating it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Than a 70 year old Australian man decided to get his groove on by sticking a fork up his penis, where it got stuck. lfpress.com/2013/08/19/ma…
In the middle ages in Europe, using a fork instead of hands while eating was seen as unchristian and insulting to god. leitesculinaria.com/1157/…
Unlike knives and spoons which have been around since antiquity, forks only appeared in the Middle Ages. They did not see common use for centuries, with records of British sailors ars recently as 1897 refusing to use forks as they considered them effeminate and unmanly. slate.com/articles/arts/d…
Joel Strasser holds the world record for most toothpicks in a beard: 3,500. He also broke the record for most chopsticks (520), baubles (302), forks (121), and golf tees (607) in a beard guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In "Take Me Home, Country Roads," the ode to West Virginia , the Shenandoah River is one of two place names mentioned. But the Shenandoah spends only its sixteen final miles in West Virginia. The rest--about 230 miles of main stem and combined North and South Forks--is in Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
In 1608, English writer Thomas Coryat wrote a book detailing his five months’ travel through Europe in which he described, among other things, use of the table fork as an eating utensil. He also introduced β€œumbrella” into English after noticing Italians shielding themselves from the sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The Yamaha logo is actually 3 tuning forks yamaha.com/en/about/histo…
In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the famous detuned β€œflashbulb” sound, which is actually a tuning fork scraping a piano string. lewtonbus.net/in-memoriam…
In 1971 while on a trip to America, 61-year-old Instant-Ramen creator Momofuku Ando noticed Americans were breaking up the noodles, putting them into a cup, pouring in hot water, and eating it with a fork. This gave Ando the inspiration to create what we now know as Cup Noodles. cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/o…
Victorian upper class society ate ice cream and ices with a specialized fork (that was definitely a spork) atlasobscura.com/foods/ic…
At one time forks were seen as decadent and an insult to God in Europe because "God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forksβ€”his fingers." leitesculinaria.com/1157/…
Cup Noodles were invented after Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen, watched as American supermarket executives broke up his ramen to fit into styrofoam coffee cups, added boiling water & then proceeded to eat the ramen with forks. cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/y…
The Queen eats bananas with a knife and fork by cutting off the ends and slicing opening the peel to expose the insides today.com/food/queen-eliz…
Today I learned of the "Iculanibokoloa", or Fijian Cannibal Fork, used by Fijian Royalty to Consume Human Flesh. museum.ie/The-Collections…
The Inventor of Instant Ramen was inspired to create cup noodles in its present day form by observing Americans who broke instant noodles into halves and shoved them into mugs, pouring hot water and eating them with forks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
Europeans eat using the Continental style. Hold your fork in your left hand and your knife in your right.Do not rest your elbows on the table, but keep both hands above the table at all times.Never tilt your chair back on two legs, never push food onto a fork with your finger. etiquettescholar.com/dini…
Napoleon III reserved a prized set of aluminum cutlery for special guests at banquets. Less favored guests used gold knives and forks. Aluminium was a valuable and prized metal. slate.com/articles/health…
After a woman's lung collapsed on a flight, two doctors performed surgery with the aircraft's medical kit, along with a coat hanger, Sellotape, a knife and fork, a bottle of water, and five star brandy for disinfectant. The woman felt better after ten minutes. articles.chicagotribune.c…
There’s an 1,800 year-old Roman version of present day Swiss Army Knife, complete with folding spoon, fork, spatula, pick, spike & knife museumcrush.org/romans-in…
The part that holds the wing to the body of an airplane is called a β€œpickle fork” komonews.com/news/local/e…
Unlike forks, spoons generally don't create sparks in the microwave because of their shape npr.org/templates/story/s…
To Italians, the correct way to eat spaghetti is with only a fork. Eating spaghetti with a fork and spoon means you're either an amateur, a child, or have really bad table manners. nytimes.com/1982/05/19/ga…
In 1884 the mining town of Animas Forks, CO, experienced a 23 day blizzard that buried the town under 25 feet of snow. The townspeople dug tunnels from home to home to get by. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Eating pizza with one's bare hands is mostly an American custom. Authentic pizza in Italy is eaten with knife and fork. ottsworld.com/blogs/how-t…
There are butcherbirds. They have a habit of impaling their victims on a thorn, tree fork or a crevice. It supports the prey while it’s being eaten and stores it for future consumption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
In the 1913 Tour de France, EugΓ¨ne Christophe's front fork on his bike broke. He carried it 10 km to the nearest blacksmith, where he used the forge to weld it back together. He was penalized 3 minutes because he had a local kid pump the bellows for him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
The 1913 Tour de France rules forbade outside assistance when riders’ bicycles broke.At one point,the race leader’s front fork broke and he trekked 10km to a forge where he repaired it himself,as he happened to also be a skilled mechanic.He was penalized 10 min because a child worked the bellows theguardian.com/sport/200…
Morton's fork is a type of false dilemma in which contradictory observations lead to the same conclusion. Asserting that a person suspected of a crime who is acting nervously must have something to hide, while a person who acts calmly and confidently must be skilled at hiding something. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
The 'prongs' of a fork are called 'tines' and there are two positions that you place your knife and fork in to indicate your current status of your meal, resting and finished. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eat…
During the 1913 Tour de France, riders could have no outside help repairing their bicycles. The race leader at one point had his front fork break, so he trekked 10 km to a blacksmith where he repaired them himself. He was penalized 3 minutes for allowing a child to work the bellows. guardian.co.uk/sport/2007…
Radar Guns are Calibrated with Tuning Forks aapt.scitation.org/doi/ab…
A combined spoon, fork, and knife closely resembling the modern spork was invented by Samuel W. Francis and issued a U.S. Patent on February 3, 1874. wikipedia.org/wiki/Spork#…
Forks with an optional notch provide extra leverage when cutting food that normally does not require a knife. Forks with curved tines, such as the oyster fork, are made to follow the shape of the shell. etiquettescholar.com/dini…
Noel Gallagher described his brother Liam as "a man with a fork in a world of soup" pitchfork.com/thepitch/12…
Morton's Fork is a sophistical dilemma where two contradictory arguments will lead to the same outcome. britannica.com/biography/…
It is common for American’s not to use a knife while eating, or to pre-cut their food then use only a fork for the rest of the meal. slate.com/articles/life/c…
Chopsticks actually replaced forks in China after they were developed, as opposed to the country having never developed them as many people think. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Edward Lear coined runcible, a nonsense word. It apparently was one of his favorite inventions, appearing in many of his works (such as his self portrait). The word is also used especially in runcible spoon "spoon with three short tines like a fork," which first took the name 1926. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
In 1996 a small rural town in Utah(Spanish Fork), accidently booked Rage Against the Machine. youtu.be/_6k8fFlhvQo
Chopsticks existed over a thousand years before the fork thegreatcoursesdaily.com/…
The Allies feared the Nazis would next occupy neutral Iceland. In a pre-emptive strike codenamed β€œOperation Fork,” hundreds of British troops landed in the capital city of Reykjavik on the morning of May 10, 1940, and then arrested German citizens and spread inland without resistance. history.com/news/10-thing…
Yamaha's founder spent months studying music theory and tuning to perfect the organ that he had built, which was criticized for its bad tuning, which led to the concept of tuning fork mark used in Yamaha's logo - potraying the difficulty he faced studying tuning with a tuning fork in hand. yamaha.com/en/about/histo…
'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer never visited Forks, Washington before the first book in the series; she chose the small town as its setting because it has the most rain in the US. Tourism is still 50% higher than before the books/movies, with tours and conventions held in the town. nwpr.org/post/ten-years-a…
Metal cutlery used for airline meals are cleaned with a specialized machine that utilizes minerals to clean and polish forks, knives, and spoons. No soap or water is used. youtu.be/Y7--aF5GfwM?t=27…

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