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China, more than meets the eye!

 That which exists before form is called the way. That which comes after form is called the vessel
                                                                                                -Book of Changes
 
Although written two thousand years ago, this idea defines the relationship between form, function and design. Below is a picture of the blunt end of a Chinese toothpick.
 
 
 
Note that it has a slight bit of detail. The purpose of this is to make the end easily break off and form a holder to keep the pick’s tip from touching the table. Beautiful and functional. 
 
 
American toothpicks are either round with two points or squarish one with a point at one end and a flat paddle on the other (preferred by cooks). One is functional and efficient (two points require half the number of picks) and other is versatile. I find it interesting that to different cultures could come up with different implementations for such a simple problem.
 
I look forward to seeing where the Chinese Engineers will take product design as they come into their own and design for their own consumption instead of manufacturing other’s designs for foreign markets

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Leo_W's picture

Though I am Chinese, this is the first time I hear about this. Usually one toothpick is only used once, and it won't be necessary to keep it till the next day.

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