Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sorry, No Closure

Thus far, no one has been able to identify the purpose of the singular appearing bi-forkated device discovered below decks by galley-chef Tyrone, who is currently posted to a Mercy ship docked somewhere in Africa. And from the dozens of responses to my mass-emailing and comments on the original post, the failure to nail the the utility of the unlikely utensil does not appear to be from wont of effort however, in some instances, misapplied.

Here is a sampling of some of the responses you sent to me.

A bridge for playing pool with the front snapped off

"c" is supposed to fit over a rod or dowel and might be used for pushing---but possibly as part of a larger apparatus.
the "tines" are[ not]meant to be used as a fork - they point the wrong way, dont look sharp enough, and a double header fork just wouldn't work

a child's combination food pusher and fork, or maybe some weird appetizer or fondue fork

a tandem junkie scratcher! Two junkies can sit back to back, supporting each other to keep from falling over in a nod, and can simultaneously scratch both of themselves at once. Useful on those long voyages home from the Opium Wars.

a stitch remover

[a tool] used in exploratory proctology surgery.


My gut tells me that it is part of a meat carving set: a profoundly stupid meat carving set. During the hours that I spent trying to discover the purpose of Tyrone's loony fork, I looked at hundreds (maybe thousands) of images of weird forks. I don't believe I saw anything quite as bizarre as this forked-up fork, but a few came pretty close


Exhibit one: No comment

Exhibit 2: How the heck are you supposed to eat with this? You can't spear anything with the tines and even if you could they'd smash into your teeth when you tried to eat.

(I know it's a bracelet; humor me.)

6 comments:

Scotty said...

I found a lot of unusual stuff too, but I also found what appears to be my wife family's set, which was my jumping off point for this quest.

http://www.dargate.com/249_auction/249_images/3208.jpg

The Foodist said...

Well you dont have to suffer the frustration alone. I got so deshelveled(sp) by this "Mystery Tool" that I went so far as to email the UK Intellectial Properties Office directly with photos and info.

I got this back this morning..

"..We are looking into this object as we speak, if we can be of further assistance please let us know".

We may have an answer soon enough!

blondee47 said...

i am forwarding this to my cousin who deals with medical equipment, i am assuming a hospital ship would have medical equipment, no?

If I hear back i will let u know

Bob del Grosso said...

Merci blondee47, I hope for the best!

Valerie said...

Hey Bob, if all else fails, you can always try Cook's Illustrated magazine. They often answer inquiries about obscure kitchen gadgets in their magazine. But you would have to try to get the answer ASAP rather than waiting until it gets published. You have countless people, including myself, wondering what this mystery gadget is!

Deborah Dowd said...

Bob, I didn't want you to think I have given up. While no oneI have showed this to is positive what it is, I have determined that it is unlikely a medical tool because of the wooden handle and the best guess as to what it is is as part of a carving set meant to hold a large piece of meat for carving (like a steamship round) thus the curvature. I am determined however to get a definitive answer.