Forky is a white plastic spork with a pair of different sized googly eyes, a blue plasticine mouth, two half of a popsicle stick for feet, put on with modelling clay, red pipe cleaner arms and hands, and a red plasticine unibrow. It is available in boys' and girls' sizes from 3 years old to about 9 years old.
Forky was created by Mattel in 1998 as a more gender-neutral alternative to Dobby the House Elf. The character has been very popular with both children and parents, and several adaptations of Forky have been made. A live-action/CGI hybrid film based on Forky was released in 2014. A second film is expected to be released in 2020.
Forky's popularity is demonstrated by various products that feature him on their packaging. These include food products such as Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, and Lucky Charms; toys including action figures, remote-controlled vehicles, and smartphone apps; and personal care products such as deodorant, toothpaste, and shaving cream.
Forky has become so popular that there are now several websites dedicated to helping find families who want to adopt him. One such site is Forky.org.
Toy Story 4 introduces a new character named Forky. He's made out of a spork, a pipe cleaner, googly eyes, clay, and a popsicle stick. During a particularly traumatic first day of kindergarten, Bonnie, the child now in the care of Woody and the group, creates him. She names him Forky because he can "fork food up into two pieces."
Forky quickly becomes friends with Bonnie who shows him how to eat using her fork. One night when Bonnie is sleeping, Forky walks over to Andy's room where he finds Andy's toy box open and some of his toys are missing. Thinking that Bonnie has stolen them, he follows her down the street until she falls into a mud puddle. Frightened by what he sees in the mud, he runs away home before anyone else wakes up.
The next morning when Andy comes downstairs he finds Forky lying on the floor with all of his toys. He thinks that Bonnie stole them again but when she comes down and sees Andy with his toys she says they were just playing together and everything is fine. This makes Andy believe that she is okay with him having other friends.
A few days later at school, Bonnie shows Forky to some of her other friends including Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Sulley. They all play together in the playground while Ms. Potato Head talks with Bonnie about other children her age who live nearby.
Take the foon, for example. It's half-spoon, half-fork. A spork is a foon by any other name. Sporks, which are spoon-shaped devices with fork-like tines, are the utilitarian utensils used in school cafeterias across the district. The term "spork" came from the fact that they were designed to be used with one hand.
The first spoons were actually long, thin strips of metal bent into various shapes. They were used by Chinese and Japanese chefs before commercial products became available in the United States. Today, those same chefs use paring knives to slice vegetables for use with their special cooking methods, such as sous vide cuisine.
Spoons have been around for hundreds of years but only recently have they become popular again. In the 1970s, everyone used ladles. These days, people tend to prefer spoons because they're easier to handle when serving large groups or doing sofas dinners.
Half-spoons are used for eating soup or sauce. They're also good for stirring hot liquids, since they won't get stuck in the pot.
People usually call them "half-spoons" because that's how much food they can hold at once. If you're serving four people, for example, you'd need four half-spoons.