Who Invented Spoons, Forks, and Knives?



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Spoons are one of the oldest eating utensils on the planet. This isn’t particularly surprising if one considers that nearly as long as humans have needed food, they’ve required something to scoop it up with. Unlike knives and forks, that for the most part needed to be fashioned, natural spoons could be utilized by employing such things as seashells or conveniently shaped stones. Sure, the earliest known instances of these didn’t have handles yet, but from these humble beginnings, the spoon was born.

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Sources:

http://www.eatingutensils.net/history-of-cutlery/spoon-history/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodora_Anna_Doukaina_Selvo
http://leitesculinaria.com/1157/writings-the-uncommon-origins-of-the-common-fork.html
http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/of-knives-and-forks
http://mentalfloss.com/article/20287/history-utensils-spork-included
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_I_of_England
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle_Spoon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fork
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_de_Medici
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_II_of_France
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Bourbon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Books_of_Samuel

Image Credit:

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-121789595/stock-photo-close-up-of-a-male-hands-cutting-and-eating-delicious-salad-with-knife-and-fork-at-restaurant-man-enjoying-meal-at-a-restaurant-close-up-of-a-plate-of-salmon-fillet-at-luxury-restaurant
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-117007835/stock-photo-sphinx-and-giza-pyramids-in-cairo%2C-egypt
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https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-131140874/stock-photo-different-kinds-of-sugar-in-the-spoons
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-124607150/stock-vector-set-of-forks-different-size-and-form-isolated-on-white-flat-design-vector
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spoons_Chillon_mg_4928.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apostle_spoons_six.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spoons_-_16th_century_-_France.jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coronation_Spoon.jpg
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21 Comments
  1. Reply
    DOstuFF 139 January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Serbians invented forks

  2. Reply
    rajgoyal1990 January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    When you mentioned Louis the XIV I was thinking about his abstaining from bathing habit and you gave that info in bonus fact.

  3. Reply
    Political Wisdom Monthly January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Simon, or anyone, when you read Chinese, the "Q" is pronounced as "ch" so Qina would be China. Google it. I had to take a college class in Chinese history to learn that.

  4. Reply
    travis f January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I can't help but think about the part in Mel Brooks "History of the World Part 1". When the cavemen are holding meat over a fire with there bare hands , in obvious agony. And then when one of the caveman skewers the meat with a stick. And the rest of the cavemen gasp in amazement!

  5. Reply
    Richard Hamilton January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    The background music is REALLY annoying.

  6. Reply
    Blu January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    i thought china was the first ones to use forks, it was crafted out of fish bone

  7. Reply
    Miss Amanda's world January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    If going to sight the Bible you need to state chapter and verse.

  8. Reply
    M January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Pronounced Me-dee-chi

  9. Reply
    gr av January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    COULD YOU DO ONE ON HOW THE HUMAN RACE DIVIDED INTO CHINESE, INDIAN, WHITES, BLACKS and LOOK SO DIFFERENT BUT OUR DNA IS ALMOST THE SAME ??? 
    THANKS !! YOUR VIDEOS ARE REALLY ON POINT !

  10. Reply
    Pugiron January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Pop up text about forks during spoon segment is from a latter moment when talking about forks, put in by mistake, left in by a combination of incompetence and laziness.

  11. Reply
    Honest Troll January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Yet ppl say I'm disgusting for not always bathing on my weekend…

  12. Reply
    The Random Icecream January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Screw spoons forks are way better!

  13. Reply
    Gamina Wulfsdottir January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I really enjoy this channel, but I have to say the copywriters seem to consistently have a real problem with subject-verb agreement.

  14. Reply
    Todd Dougherty January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    So this video begs to question…. why was bathing such a taboo in the 1700's?
    Please thumbs up to get this answered.

  15. Reply
    TheWacoKid1963 January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    But who invented the Spork, The combo of spoon & fork 🙂

  16. Reply
    let the force be with you January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    How about shoes where is thier origin ? Make a video about it

  17. Reply
    crstwo4 January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Wouldn't your crouch be on fire if you didn't bath

  18. Reply
    Kim Jong il January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Imagine going down on a chick that only bathed twice in her life..

  19. Reply
    fluttershy pony January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    i want to be anointed by a ceremonial spoon

  20. Reply
    Nathan Roy January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I do enjoy these videos, and I don't mean to be a stickler, but… with all the research you folks make, someone should do a better job of letting Simon know how to pronounce foreign words and names. I'm not expecting native fluency or anything, just a more accurate approximation. For instance, in this video, both the Q in Qijia and the C in Medici would be better rendered with a CH sound in English. It isn't a sound we don't already have… I'm not asking you to make the distinction between Chinese retroflex and palato-alveolar affricates, or anything crazy like that. Just take a moment to look up the Wade-Giles Chinese transcription scheme to see what the letters actually represent. I honestly don't think it would take a whole lot of additional research effort, and it would improve the informative quality of your work. Okay… that's basically my main "complaint" in regard to your output. Keep up the overall good work! 🙂

  21. Reply
    Sam Smalley January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Is that a hammered pewter plate and fork? I want those!

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