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Fork Challenge

hey everybody tell me five things about forks!
you know those things with prongs or tines or whatever!
Can you do it?:)
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Hi, getandgot! :)

1) A fork is a chess move that puts two or more pieces under attack at once...most common are the pawn fork and the knight fork.

2) The pitchfork was originally called that because its prongs resemble pikes...later it was associated with picking up hay, etc., to "pitch" it somewhere else. Nothing to do with pitch, as in black, bubbling tar...pitchforks in Hell are apparently used for sticking people.

3) If there had been a movie called "Silverware Wars", the catchline would have been "May the Forks be with you." (We may imagine the fondue scene: "Use the Forks, Luke!")

4) The earliest Stone Age forks, discovered in archeological excavations, had only one prong and could have doubled as toothpicks.

5) Any metal fork may, in an emergency, be used as a tuning fork. The best strategy is to suspend the fork from a string by its handle and strike the tines...using, for best results, a tuning fork.
1) The fork came to Europe through Italy's nobility in the eleventh century.

2) The 1463 will of John Baret of Bury St Edmunds, England bequeathed: "my silver fork for green ginger" to his close friend Davn Kertelynge.

3) The celebrated English playwright Ben Jonson makes humourous reference to forks in his play 'Volpone' (1606):
MEERCROFT, the projector. Upon my project of the forks . . .
SLEDGE. Forks! What be they?
MEERCROFT. The laudable use of forks, brought into custom here as they are in Italy to the sparing of napkins . . .

4) The earliest fork known to have been made in England is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. It is two-tined and squarish, made of silver, and bears the London hallmark for 1632.

5) After France's King Louis XIV ordered table knives to have rounded tips, forks became more useful for spearing food.
brilliant:):) thankyou!