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History: Eating Utensils

This online history of eating utensils by the California Academy of Sciences features brief essays on the evolution of individual eating tools, plus images of specimens from various cultures and periods. Did you know, for example, that Louis XIV's fear of knives changed the shape of that instrument forever? Equally worth considering, it has taken the Chinese five millennia to perfect chopsticks (called "kuai-zi", for "quick little fellows," chopsticks were first joined together and only gradually came to be separated). <>