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The Incredible Melting Spoon
My friend Jon Titus ups the ante on party tricks involving flatware one better:
“Your pewter fork may have been a cheap substitute alloy that felt heavy but didn’t handle stress well. Remember those metal spoons made of Wood’s metal or Rose metal that melted in hot coffee [typically used in solder applications]? I loved to pull that trick. Give someone one of these teaspoons and watch as they saw it melt when they stirred their coffee or tea.”
Sadly, those trendy chocolate coffee spoons just don’t have the same awe-inspiring impact.Tags: cheap substitute, chocolate coffee, jon titus, spoon, stress