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History of the World: Forks - Not All They're Cracked Up To Be

Stacy Conradt
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There's a story that a Byzantine princess introduced a two-tine model in Tuscany, but God-fearing people would never use it: a priest declared that the food God provided should be eaten with the utensils God provided (that's "fingers", to you and me). They did end up catching on in Italy, but in the rest of Europe, they didn't really take off until the 18th century. Even then, they pretty much just used the forks to shake off excess sauce. Then they went back to using their fingers.

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