Our friends at SmithsonianMag.com have published an amazing article that provides some amazing facts about regular household objects. Including a great bit on forks. And I quote:
In fact, the word “fork” is derived from the Latin furca, which means pitchfork. The first dining forks were used by the ruling class in the Middle East and the Byzantine Empire. In 1004, Maria Argyropoulina, niece of the Byzantine emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII, was married to the son of the Doge of Venice. She brought with her a little case of two-pronged golden forks, which she used at her wedding feast. The Venetians were shocked, and when Maria died three years later of the plague, Saint Peter Damian proclaimed it was God’s punishment. And with that, Saint Peter Damian closed the book on the fork in Europe for the next four hundred years.
A minor bit of a departure from the usual cutlery posts today. Things are a little scary out there right now. And due to bulk buying and hoarding the price of human thermometers has gone sky high. And the availability isn’t great either. So here’s a viable alternative: Using a meat thermometer to check if you have a fever.
The Habor 022 Meat Thermometer has a 4-6 second ultra fast response time with accuracy of ±1℃. The temperature range is -58℉ to 572℉. Be warned that it’s not waterproof so don’t immerse the whole thing in water, just the probe is safe.
To measure underarm temperature:
Check that the thermometer is on.
Lightly press the tip of the thermometer into the center of the armpit.
Hold your arm, or your child’s arm, close against the body so the thermometer stays in place.
Wait for the thermometer to take its reading. This will take about a minute.