Sales of forks outnumber knives. I blame the American way of eating food.

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    Jul 22, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    Apparently sales of forks now outnumber knives (dining room knives not daggers or stanley knives!) because people in the UK are not eating at the table anymore and eat their ready meals on their laps watching TV. The ready meals are so soft they can be cut by a fork.

    Civilisation is heading down hill quickly.

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    Jul 22, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    Wait a few more years. The sales of sporks will outnumber all utensils. icon_lol.gif

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    Jul 22, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    At least go for the titanium spork!

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/8ace/

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    Jul 22, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    I stand at the counter or in my shadow of my open fridge and eat what appeals to me. When i don't eat straight from the blender jug using a straw


    My farther finds it particularly perturbing...he believe all meals must be eaten from a plate or a glass using utensils
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    Jul 22, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    i dont really eat meat that needs to be cut with a knife. i dont like on-bone meats, and i only really eat chicken and chicken i find can be cut with out a knife.
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    Jul 22, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    There is truth in them words.

    When I first started to date my American husband, I was amazed at the way he ate with only a fork, as I had it instilled in me from a very young age, to use a knife and fork, correctly. But my experiences with Americans, has been many do not know how to hold a knife the right way, let along use one; I still use a knife and fork to eat my peas.

    I have been the subject of observation at an American dinner table many times because I do use a knife and fork. I have meet some Americans who know how to do it, but not the majority. I think the way many of em eat is very commion.
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    Jul 22, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    Reverse the trend.
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    Jul 23, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
    uhhh... you are well aware that Eastern and African cultures long ago figured out that it was easier to leave the knife behind, except for cooking.

    When was the last time you used a knife in a restaurant that served:
    Japanese
    Korean
    Chinese
    Vietnamese
    Thai
    Malaysian
    Indian
    Persian
    Middle Eastern
    Lebanese
    Ethiopian
    Mocambique
    West African

    /it's not the lack of a knife that is unhealthy, it is what the fork is stabbing that is.
    Correlation =/= Causation
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    Jul 23, 2009 4:04 AM GMT

    I don't know why more people don't cook at home. It's cheaper, it's healthier, and the activity of cooking and cleaning of the mess is a fat busting chore. I reverse the trend by looking how I do and telling folks exactly why I look this way when they ask and vow to try it.





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    Jul 23, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    I eat out of the pot with a fork only.

    What does that say about me?icon_redface.gif
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    Jul 23, 2009 4:53 AM GMT
    i think is the manners and politeness that were forgetting. who has an emily post etiquette book so we can check it out?
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    Jul 24, 2009 5:51 AM GMT
    I don't seem to understand how..people using forks more than knives makes us fat and lazy.

    Some people dont use forks or knives, like chop sticks. I love using chop sticks I think they are fun icon_smile.gif

    But well..I always use a fork and a knife when I'm eating a homecooked meal, if a knife is needed.

    We should go back to the olden days and just use our hands! I always eat green beans with my hands I don't know why.
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    Jul 24, 2009 6:01 AM GMT
    As voiced by many other posters, the decline in the amount of knives sold has nothing to do with not eating properly. You don't even take into account the increase in the consumption of foreign food that doesn't require the use of a knife.

    Most sweeping generalizations are stupid. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 24, 2009 6:27 AM GMT
    DCEric saiduhhh... you are well aware that Eastern and African cultures long ago figured out that it was easier to leave the knife behind, except for cooking.

    When was the last time you used a knife in a restaurant that served:
    Japanese
    Korean
    Chinese
    Vietnamese
    Thai
    Malaysian
    Indian
    Persian
    Middle Eastern
    Lebanese
    Ethiopian
    Mocambique
    West African

    /it's not the lack of a knife that is unhealthy, it is what the fork is stabbing that is.
    Correlation =/= Causation


    Filipino. We don't use chopsticks either. We use spoons and forks, since our food are served sliced. Negating the need for having a knife, except as a serving utensil.

    Apparently, it means we 'eat like pigs'.

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2006/06/12/qc-fork20060612.html

    http://www.crarr.org/?q=node/122

    http://www.joeydevilla.com/2006/04/28/filipino-table-etiquette-punished-at-montreal-school/
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    Jul 24, 2009 7:51 AM GMT

    RyanReBoRn saidAs voiced by many other posters, the decline in the amount of knives sold has nothing to do with not eating properly. You don't even take into account the increase in the consumption of foreign food that doesn't require the use of a knife.

    Most sweeping generalizations are stupid. icon_neutral.gif


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    Jul 24, 2009 12:32 PM GMT
    matey saidThere is truth in them words.

    When I first started to date my American husband, I was amazed at the way he ate with only a fork, as I had it instilled in me from a very young age, to use a knife and fork, correctly. But my experiences with Americans, has been many do not know how to hold a knife the right way, let along use one; I still use a knife and fork to eat my peas.

    I have been the subject of observation at an American dinner table many times because I do use a knife and fork. I have meet some Americans who know how to do it, but not the majority. I think the way many of em eat is very commion.


    I refuse to be confined by your hetero-normative ideal of proper cutlery use.
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    Jul 24, 2009 12:48 PM GMT
    redheadguy said because people in the UK are not eating at the table anymore and eat their ready meals on their laps watching TV.



    Not if my mother has anything to do with it, that's for sure icon_biggrin.gif
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    lol Timberoo, read this and splorched coffee out my nose!

    "I refuse to be confined by your hetero-normative ideal of proper cutlery use."


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    Jul 29, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    Hey be glad I use forks when I do

    My boyfriend and his father calls me a savage for eating with my hands most of the time.
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    Jul 29, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    Fork this noise!

    "Where" civilization is headed depends entirely on one's point of view. For my part, I see it bouncing around inside an inverted polygon hovering just above a rabid donkey. I don't know why! But I'm certain it has nothing to do with the five bloody mary's I had for breakfast.

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    Jul 29, 2009 6:12 PM GMT
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    RyanReBoRn saidAs voiced by many other posters, the decline in the amount of knives sold has nothing to do with not eating properly. You don't even take into account the increase in the consumption of foreign food that doesn't require the use of a knife.

    Most sweeping generalizations are stupid. icon_neutral.gif


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    Jul 29, 2009 6:13 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidApparently sales of forks now outnumber knives (dining room knives not daggers or stanley knives!) because people in the UK are not eating at the table anymore and eat their ready meals on their laps watching TV. The ready meals are so soft they can be cut by a fork.

    Civilisation is heading down hill quickly.



    Oh, go fork yourself!
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    Jul 29, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    outdoorjunkie saidFork this noise!

    "Where" civilization is headed depends entirely on one's point of view. For my part, I see it bouncing around inside an inverted polygon hovering just above a rabid donkey. I don't know why! But I'm certain it has nothing to do with the five bloody mary's I had for breakfast.



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    Jul 29, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    RyanReBoRn saidAs voiced by many other posters, the decline in the amount of knives sold has nothing to do with not eating properly. You don't even take into account the increase in the consumption of foreign food that doesn't require the use of a knife.

    Most sweeping generalizations are stupid. icon_neutral.gif


    True. In fact, in many parts of Italy it's considered very rude to use a knife unless it's absolutely necessary.
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    Jul 29, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    oh please hun
    Have you NEVER set a table??? icon_eek.gif
    One knife, two forks and a spoon (well if ur serving desert then two of those are good as well)


    seriously... a single man can get by with one or two knives, but a fork is what gets it it to your mouth.... who paid for this "finding"?? icon_biggrin.gif