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Douglas Adams joke: How to use a toothpick[edit]

While the reference is sort of funny, it's a bit obscure, and on the practical level I don't think it's at all necessary to include a three-step set of instructions on how to use a toothpick. --Mr. Billion 23:03, 14 November 2005 (UTC)

The pop culture reference could add a little more color to the article. Might be worth mentioning even though it is a little out of date at this point. -- MagicMilldew (talk) 01:58, 25 February 2017 (UTC)


Nobody has a picture of a toothpick?

A pic of a pick? I do. It's the one on there now. I can't believe they didn't have one.

Can you get a better picture of a toothpick? The current one is a bit off-centre. Maybe a close-up of a single toothpick? Natas347 00:23, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Absolutley. But I will also retake the current picture with the A620 Wuffyz.

I have replaced this pic:

A Toothpick

because it is out of focus and blurry. I hope there are no objections to this.

Japanese toothpicks[edit]

Can somebody tell me why so many Japanese seem to think Japan invented the toothpick?-- 08:28, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

Yeah really, why is that? But then again, the Japanese tend to think a lot of common stuff is unique to Japan, so... --Denise from the Cosby Show (talk) 06:06, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Joe Pesci[edit]

Is he really an avid toothpick fan or does he just use toothpicks? People might also chew gum often without being avid chewing gum fans. Unigolyn 14:38, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Oral Sex[edit]

Does the Oral Sex article really have anything to do with the toothpick? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Dino (talkcontribs) 19:39, 30 January 2007 (UTC).

What would oral sex have to do with a toothpick...? 10:19, 8 March 2007 (UTC)


Should we include something about toothpick etiquette? In Brazil, for exemple, it is considered bad manners to use a toothpick in public. SaintCahier 03:18, 26 August 2007 (UTC)


What kind of wood is used in making toothpicks? Why? Which countries are importers and exporters of toothpicks? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:41, 2 September 2007 (UTC)


I noticed there is no redirect to Toothpick the musician- I don't think there is one. Anyone want to start one? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:23, 12 November 2007 (UTC)


The article was turning into a collection of unordered unsourced trivia... I tried to reorder the reliable information in a logical sequence and removed the unsourced stuff. SaintCahier (talk) 14:04, 8 December 2007 (UTC)


How come such an insipid article attract so much vandalism? SaintCahier (talk) 17:57, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Maybe because it's so insipid? I mean it doesn't seem like anyone would notice or care if this got vandalized. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:50, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

The Toothpick - book review[edit]

The Wire - ‘The Toothpick: Technology and Culture’ has a book review of the item we currently have in "Further reading". It might have useful information. -- Quiddity (talk) 19:25, 13 April 2008 (UTC)


It'd also be nice to have a section on the fashion-accessory usage of the toothpick (perhaps as derivative of the hay-stem?). -- Quiddity (talk) 19:25, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

24 billion?[edit]

Is there any source for the statement that China exports 24 billion dollars worth of toothpicks each year? that seems excessively high and i haven't found any other sources for that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Thebt (talkcontribs) 01:46, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

That is exactly what I thought on reading the article - make some reasonable assumptions and you find the average toothpick user is spending $100 on toothpicks every year, which is kerrrazy stuff. So I've removed it. Egg Centric 23:27, 23 April 2011 (UTC)