Ancient people used it. The Persians used it. The Italians used it.
The Chinese even made gold ones and wear it around their neck from a gold chain. It was for years an important gold ornament. A few of my aunts had them.
I am talking about toothpicks. Every day we use it to clean our teeth and diners ask for them constantly.
in the USA the first toothpick-manufacturing machine was developed in 1869, by Charles Forster. Another was patented in 1872, by Silas Noble and J. P. Cooley.I wonder when the Chinese started to manufacture toothpicks.
I was at Hua Loong Coffee Shop in Miri and was surprised to be given this bottle which holds toothpicks.
Mr. Lu the Foochow Mee stall owner said "You can supply the coffee shop with brand new and good looking tooth pick holders. They won't last a day because many people who come into the coffee shop ask for tooth picks and they will take home the container as well!! So I designed this tooth pick holder out of a Polleny Essence bottle...it has been with me for years!!"
It is true that one of the worst losses coffee shop owners and restaurant owners make is the small item like toothpick holders and even teaspoons.
Observant waiters and waitresses have to retrieve these items before the diners leave!! But again when the outlet is so busy..."flickers who are quick in their hands" walk out with precious items....
Pity we still have people who have "strange mentality".
Mr. Lu is a genious in designing this creative toothpick holder. Functional .
Mr. Lu serves one precious item - Chow Yi Char (smelly root) mee sua...so you can come and support him every now and then. Taman Jade Manis.