Fork or Spoon? [NOT 8/10/21]

Or do you eat with your hands?

Last Friday I realized that asking soul-searching or deep-thought NOT questions wasn’t the best idea on a Friday evening, when we are all pretty tired of thinking. A friend suggested this as a topic:

Fork or Spoon – What is the Best Utensil?

Ya know, I am team spoon all the way; what about you? Fork, spoon, quirky sporks, or even knives? What is the best utensil???

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  1. Did you know oh no here he goes again that forks are a relatively recent invention? I don’t know where I read this, quite possibly in Bill Bryson’s most excellent Home. Knives and spoons have been with us forever. You could live without a fork. Hold something down with the spoon, or your hand, cut it small, and push it into the spoon, or spear it with the tip of your knife. Then, some (but not that many) centuries ago, someone came up with the idea of a fork.

  2. Forks are for pretentious foodies who pretend eating isn’t solely for survival which is why it took until humans had nothing to worry about, besides fancying themselves superior creatures, before using them as eating utensils.

    Spoons, on the other hand, were used all the way back in the paleolithic period long before humans realised their bodies were merely prisons for their minds in the form of carcasses they needed to feed in order to survive…which was long before the invention of the version of fork used for eating, not-so-coincidentally, around the same time humans became enamoured by their own reflection and false sense of self worth to the point they declared eating properly (with a SPOON) one of seven deadly sins within their belief system which negates every argument against the “primitive” use of the spoon.

    That said, I cannot argue CHOPSTICKS.

    • ummm…


      I was going to get into the etymology of “spoon” and that cochlea is even used as a biological term if you can hear what I am saying?

      Calling fork-choosers narcissists was as far as I wanted to go without then having to transition from physical biology into the psychology behind a belief (in religion and that gluttony is a sin) that is neither an apt sin nor the result of a synapse.

      So thank you for going even further back in time to get my point across 🙂

  3. I tend to use a fork or chopsticks the most frequently at home, so I guess I tend to favor those.

    For camping, spoons can do most things, and are also the hardest to make, so I try to bring one.  I already have a knife or several if I’m camping, and a forked (sorry) twig with the ends sharpened and debarked works pretty well for those rare things a spoon won’t work for.  a bit of straight twigs debarked can make serviceable chopsticks.  But a spoon typically takes a good bit of burning and carving (or a very specialized carving knife…), and even after a day’s worth of work, it’s still going to suck.

    As a concept, I guess the knife, but less as a kitchen/eating utensil, and more as a general tool.  Arguably one of humankind’s oldest, and most useful tools

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