Wednesday, February 18, 2009

spork power

Check out me as a superhero I created over at The Hero Factory. I wanted a hotter pink and a dark a bit closer to black, but it's pretty groovy anyway. At least I think this guy's head looks like mine a little.

I didn't have to pick a spork as my weapon, but it was probably the most interesting instrument offered. Ever since I've learned about sporks I've had a fascination with them. Did KFC invent the spork? As I'm typing I'm going to make a quick check on Wikipedia...

Wow. I was way off. Apparently the spork's been around since 1874.

I always thought it was very efficient to combine the spoon and the fork into one instrument. But even if it didn't come around until 1874, it's a combination that wasn't thought of for hundreds of years.

I use the spork as an example of something obvious that was completely out of our grasp for an embarrassingly long amount of time. Why didn't we use it sooner? We could have cut our silverware budget by 30% over several centuries. I wonder if on other planets the civilizations there thought of the spork within just a few years of thinking of the spoon and fork.

Then again, it goes both ways. Maybe there are a lot of obvious things we've always had that they've never had. I think one example is the dual-open car wash. We pull into carwashes on one side and then pull out the opposite side. I bet on some other planets they pull in, but there's a wall there like a garage. Then, if someone pulls up behind them they have to do this annoying sequence of backing up awkwardly while the cars second and third in line have to try to give them room to come out.

Yeah, they're idiots, but they thought of the spork forever ago!


Blogger Annie said...

I really love that your weapon is a giant spork. I think that would be my weapon too. Or a giant micro pipet. I'm not sure that's the word, but when I used one in AP Biology in highschool I really loved it and could totally beat people up with it.

February 18, 2009 10:38 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Pretty good depiction, but O's was pretty spot on (at least your face, anyway).

It makes total sense that your weapon would be a spork.

February 19, 2009 8:40 AM  
Blogger jaime said...

So what is Sporkman's super power?? I need to know what the appropriate emergency is that he would respond to. I mean I would hate to be that person that calls him on the red phone for something mundane and totally not in his area of expertise!

February 19, 2009 10:30 AM  
Blogger cumom said...

I always hated the sporks at KFC because you couldn't ever get all the potatoes out of the bottom of the styrofoam bowl. The fork part would stick to the styrofoam. I guess maybe a nice silver spork on china or a giant spork weapon are both a different story though.

February 19, 2009 9:44 PM  

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