Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Food Shovel

When accused of shoveling your food down, you should be using this.
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Consider a coal scoop/shovel (linked). Now imagine one about the size of a dinner fork or spoon. Include it with the other utensils, just for those who want to use it during the meal.
Vernon, Sep 15 2013

The full-sized version https://www.scenery...ocomotive-scoop.jpg
As mentioned in the main text. [Vernon, Sep 15 2013, last modified Dec 28 2017]

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/miniature-shovel [pocmloc, Sep 15 2013]

Kniffe_20Forg_20and_20Spon smaller portions must be consumed! [xenzag, Sep 16 2013]

Only tangentially related Silverwear
[normzone, Sep 30 2013]


       [+] Yes, oui, certain, jawohl, da, ja ...
FlyingToaster, Sep 15 2013

       Great tool for those runt siblings to get the start they deserve.
wjt, Sep 15 2013

       Perfect for not only shovelling one's way through the meal, but for getting those last few pesky peas without resorting to awkwardly using the dinner knife as a backstop for a round spoon, or being reduced to spearing them one at a time with a fork or Bowie knife.
FlyingToaster, Sep 15 2013

       There is also the option of using a knife and fork simultaneously, although apparently   

       "fork permanently in the left hand, knife in the right, [is] a technique that requires tremendous dexterity (unless you're a leftie, obviously)."
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 15 2013

8th of 7, Sep 15 2013

       More of a type III snow shovel than a coal scoop.
FlyingToaster, Sep 16 2013

       I might mention that while the linked image shows a special shovel handgrip, it would not be necessary for that to be part of the shrunk version (dinner utensil). An ordinary fork-handle or spoon-handle should be fine; the key thing is the shovel/scoop design, the "business end" of the utensil, different from either a fork or a spoon.
Vernon, Sep 17 2013

       Folks, the first link to an image became a bad link, so I replaced it. It is specifically a type of coal scoop that was used on coal-fired locomotives.
Vernon, Dec 28 2017

       You slackers have never shoveled coal in your lives, and if you had horses you'd recognize that first link as a manure shovel - no shit.
normzone, Dec 29 2017

       Not a skeuomorphic coal shovel, then, harking back to a previous technological stage? I mean, you can imagine an early adopter of steam thinking "We'll need something to shovel with ... wait a minute; I was going to throw that thing out now that Dobbin has been redeployed as glue and dog food, but it might be just what we need!"
pertinax, Dec 29 2017


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