The Forgotten History of the Fork

The utensils we use for eating today seem so common sense that we can hardly imagine eating without them. But the table fork is a surprisingly new invention once thought superfluous and vulgar. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of one of humankind’s most common tools.

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1781 Battle of Jersey

Most Americans don’t seem to realize that the American Revolution sparked a broader war that engulfed the world, not just in North America, but in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, India, and the island of Jersey. The 1781 Battle of Jersey only lasted about half an hour, but it represented the breadth of the empire that Britain had to protect. The competing needs of the empire helped America win its independence.