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The Rise of the Fork

Hands have always been used to eat with. As food became hotter and sloppier, knives were developed from larger cutting blades, and spoons are simple scoops. But forks weren’t used in ancient eating. And when some started using them, they were considered somewhat pretentious. In the 11th century, forks were in use in the Byzantine Empire. [...]

Hands Across America: 25 Years Later

On May 25, 1986, over 5 million Americans linked hands to make a 4,125-mile human chain that stretched from New York City to Long Beach. They weren’t just big hand holding enthusiasts, though. They were participating in Hands Across America, a massive charity event and fundraiser that hoped to raise money for and draw attention [...]