I often wonder why the spork isn’t a more utilized tool of eating.  This hybrid utensil acts as a fork and a spoon, allowing you to not only stab and pick up your food, but shovel it as well.  Last time I checked, the spork really wasn’t getting the respect it deserves.  Because of this, I decided to pay a tribute to this seldom used utensil.  Whether used as a marvelous eating utensil, a cult worship figure, or even decoration, the spork has brought joy to countless lives.

History of the Spork

  • Sporks have been manufactured since the late 1800s.  The word spork origiseveral years later.nated in the early 1900s to describe hybrid devices that were being developed to act as both a spoon and a fork.
  • The first known spork was patented by George Laramy of Enfield, New Hampshire in 1907.  He was a pioneer, and is now know as the pioneer and founder of the spork.
  • According to a 1952 New York Times article, Hyde w. Ballard of Westtown Pennsylvania filed an application to register “Spork” as a trademark for a combination spoon and fork made of stainless steel.  There is no record of this patent, however.
  • The Van Brode Miling Company registered “Spork” for a combination plastic spoon, fork, and knife but abandoned the registration

Where you Can Still Find Sporks

  • Various blessed school cafeterias
  • Taco Bell
  • Rally’s
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Popeye’s Fried Chicken
  • Your Local 7-11 retail market
  • QuickTrip Convenience Stores
  • Chick-Filet’s
  • Many Pre-Packaged Meals
  • Hardee’s
  • Lee’s Famous Recipie Chicken
  • Kenny Rodgers Roasters
  • Boston Market

Anatomy of the Spork

  • Cranial Fossa – Large depression which spans the cranium.   In native habitats, this area is used to hold food for transportation
  • Rostral Processes – These projections extend from the cranium and act functionally as teeth, used to impale foods.
  • Canines – Sharp, cranial projections also known as tines which are used to impale foods.
  • Cranial Ridge – Ridge that makes up the lateral margins of the cranium
  • Neck – The tapering, most anterior portion of the trunk.
  • Dorsal Carina – Ridge that extends dorsally along the entire surface of the trunk.
  • Platysmal surfaces – Flat surfaces on either side of the dorsal carina.
  • Cercus – The posterior tip of the trunk.

How You Can Help Bring Sporks Back

Wear a spork shirt – http://www.zazzle.com/the_spork_shirt-235785667947487571

Stock your home with titanium sporks – http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/8ace/

Spork bumper stickers – http://bumperstickers.cafepress.com/spork