Offensive Forks

Let’s take a step back from everything we are accustomed to and travel back to the 10th Century when forks first came to be.

As the story goes, the wife of Roman Emperor Otto II, Theophanu Byzantine introduced this tool to the Roman Empire and by the 14th Century merchants were using and trading this handy utensil as an every meal staple to be paired with a knife throughout Italy. She was noted to have used a golden fork to eat at her wedding to the Roman Emperor.

Despite the rapid surge in fork usage, British men mocked the utensil calling it a “Feminine Affectation of Italians”.

Then this snowballed into a larger religious conspiracy-the thought was that people were given ‘natural forks’ from God (fingers). During this time eating with hands, and knifes was most common calling forks an insult to God. So naturally after God into the argument, people were confused as to whether or not to use forks. Then when Theophanu Byzantine died from the plague reforming Benedictine monk Saint Peter Damian said that her death was brought on by her sinful behavior, and vanity. Yes, we’re talking about using forks.

Still, vane or not the use of forks spread throughout Europe and forks were continued to be used by monarchs, Catherine de Medici had even brought a silver set of forks from Italy to France which only boosted the exposure to forks.

The Catholic church still wasn’t on board with the whole fork-thing and they pushed back explaining that this was pure vanity, and sinful. Having such an excessive delicacy was seen to be outrages.

By the mid 1800’s the fork was widely used in the American colonies and the population had learned to use their left hands in eating with silverware. Before this the normal eating process was to spear food and use teeth to tear it into pieces so that people would not have to use a knife which made it easy to avoid switch utensils.

Some, like Admiral Nelson, opted for a combination utensil that acted as a holding device, fork and knife. Nelson did however only have one arm…

Coca-Cola Coffee?

New product alert, so good it deserves it’s own post – pre episode 22.

We’ve been there for coke, through flavor changes calorie and sugar cuts. From diet and zero to orange flavored coke it’s pretty clear that the brand is not lacking in ingenuity. This time coke has really stretched it’s normal boundaries to give us a new kind of caffeinated beverage. Coca Cola, Coffee.

Coca-Cola YouTube Channel

Maybe you’re like me and wondering why the iconic brand wouldn’t just invest in making better, successful energy drinks. Why make the swap to coffee?

Well, let’s take a look at the snack-specs.


I think the most important note we can see from these specs is the amount of caffiene. Maybe this creates a big difference for the soda brand. Less caffiene than a cup of coffee, but more than your standard coke.

The more I think about this the more it makes sense. My caffeine addiction and mentality of ‘the more caffeine the better’ may have clouded my product judgement. So many of my friends say they drink coke for the caffeine. I never really understood this because for an addict there isn’t nearly enough caffeine in soda to feel the jitters. This is what they love though – the sweet spot of caffeine. So maybe if this market of people like the taste and are soda drinkers, they could possibly get their caffeine fix from this new, ‘coffee coke’.

Reading up on the new canned coffee, I absolutely love this quote from the Washington Post (article linked here) where a focus taste tester said, “Sips like a Coke, finishes like a coffee.”

I can’t wait to try this product, in fact I’m running out to find one now. Send your review to @snackbreakmeg on Instagram.