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We'll admit that after we saw Murder in the First a decade or so ago, in which an enranged Kevin Bacon kills a fellow Alcatraz inmate by stabbing him in the neck with what we recall was a fork, we found pointy utensils ever so menacing for the next few days. Beyond that, though, we were totally unaware that there's a "growing fear of flatware." Are people all scared of spoons? Have you been eating with your hands? Exclusively chopsticks? Suddenly we're very glad we've never been asked to lunch at the Times cafeteria.

A Tool for Every Treat [NYT]