Grapefruit Conquered at Last (Aug, 1933)

Finally, after countless lives lost and ruined, the Grapefruit wars are over.

Grapefruit Conquered at Last
AT LAST the grapefruit has heen conquered. The weapon employed in the conquest is an “umbrella spoon” shown at left, which automatically opens into a large shield when you gouge down into the meat of the fruit. When you raise the spoon to your mouth the shield closes.

14 comments
  1. Boing Boing says: July 11, 20069:36 am

    Grapefruit spoon with built-in cocktail umbrella from 1933…

    In 1933, Modern Mechanics magazine proposed to end the “grapefruit wars” with a spoon that had a cocktail-umbrella-like shield to protect one’s eyes from errant squirts: AT LAST the grapefruit has heen conquered. The weapon employed in the conquest …

  2. MAKE: Blog says: July 11, 200611:17 am

    Grapefruit conquering spoon…

    This spoon mounted umbrella shaped shield from 1933 saves eyeballs from deadly, well, annoying, flying grapefruit acid – Link…….

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  4. Daniel Rutter says: July 12, 20066:57 am

    It would appear that the Chindogu concept is about 60 years older than we thought.

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  7. The Fish Made Me Do It » Fruits says: August 12, 20069:31 pm

    [...] Although, granted, they *do* have this for grapefruits now. Wish there was an equivalent for love. [...]

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  9. Rikard Nilsson says: December 14, 20072:33 pm

    uhm…it would seem that if the umbrella closes when no pressure is on the spoon it would close over the “head” of the spoon itself, making the whole thing pointless really. Notice the size of the umbrella and the proximity to the “head” and you’ll see what I mean.

  10. Fruits « ComPromise says: December 17, 20071:18 pm

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  11. aztrozon says: January 27, 20083:28 pm

    WOW I just realized that this invention is very similar to the Japanese peoples innventions of today. We were experimenting in creativity 50 years ago the same way that the Japanese are experimenting with creativity. So in terms of creativity would that not make the Japanese a few years behind the US.

  12. huh says: July 14, 20085:37 am

    Who the hell eats frikkin grapefruits?

  13. What Were They Thinking?! | PurpleSlinky says: July 10, 200911:11 am

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  14. Bendarr says: January 6, 20108:07 pm

    What Gets me is how are you expected to clean the umbrella afterward?

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