“Unuseless” Invention #44:
Pop Sticks™
Finally, a better way.
If you’ve ever tried to consume a bowl of chinese noodles with a knife and fork, you know that there’s no there substitute for traditional asian eating implements. The problem is that these “quick little fellows” have been on the market for close to 5000 years and the manufacturers still haven’t bothered to put out an update. They slip to the bottom of the dishwasher, they’re not child friendly, and in a number of ways (back-handed reference to Pat Morita in the Karate Kid aside) they’re downright buggy. Now, and not a millennium too soon, there’s Chop Sticks 2.0, or as we like to call them Pop Sticks™. Easily constructed from such common household items as clothespins, Elmer’s glue, and Chop Sticks 1.0, Pop Sticks™ solve an array of problems present in earlier versions. They stay together, they provide more gripping power, and you don’t have to give a whole long lecture with charts, graphs and workshops when the in-laws from Idaho come over for dinner.