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Chorks Are the Chopsticks-Fork Hybrids That Are Funnier Than Sporks

For as long as we can remember, the spoon-fork hybrid known as the spork has long reigned as perhaps the most useful, brilliant, and ridiculous everyday utensil. But a relatively new utensil called the Chork might just have it beat by combining chopsticks and a fork to make the ultimate multi-purpose eating tool. And thanks to Panda Express, you could be using one in the near future. 

Although Chorks have been around for a few years now, Panda Express appears poised to popularize the utensils after introducing them alongside its new General Tso’s Chicken dish at a media event in Glendale, CA, this week. When reached by email on Thursday, a Panda Express spokesperson said that while Chorks are currently not available at its restaurants, "there is a possibility that they will make their way into stores in the future." 

As you may have guessed by now, Chorks are basically designed to help people who suck at using chopsticks get orange chicken into their mouths. They look like a typical set of plastic chopsticks at first glance, until you notice the ends come together to form a four-pronged fork at one end. You can use a Chork three ways: 1) as a fork 2) as chopsticks for beginners, and 3) as actual chopsticks (if you break it apart), according to the official Chork website.

Need to see the things in action? Here's a super cheesy infomercial the company created to help explain how they work:

Panda Express claims the Chork is the "perfect way to illustrate the mashup of American and Chinese cultures -- just like Panda Express." Translation: it's the fittingly American way to eat Asian-inspired fast food at your local mall food court/airport/college campus.

Regardless of how you feel about the things, you have to admit they might help with scooping up the last few bits of rice clinging to your plate.

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and needs to try one of these things ASAP. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.