The Om Nom Nom Fork
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate how delightful this fork is:
Yes, it’s a fork that says “OMNOMNOMNOM” all over the handle.
(“Om nom nom,” I should probably mention for my older readers, is a cutsey, onomotopoetic “eating” sound popular among entirely-too-precious people. I think it comes from anime or something.)
Alas, the fork doesn’t actually say OMNOMNOM; it says NWONWONWO. But laid out on a table it reads just the same.
The “NWO” comes from “Northwest Orient,” which is kind of a fun bit of advertising trivia in its own right: from around the 1950s up through their merger with Republic in the 80s, Northwest Airlines went by “Northwest Orient” in all their advertising materials, even though the company’s official name never changed.
(Incidentally, it means the fork, which came from a drawer in a cabin my parents rented, dates back to at least 1986.)
If Northwest had stuck around I’m sure someone would have forced a name-change for reasons of political correctness by now anyway, but NWA (or NWO if you prefer) got snapped up by Delta years ago, saving us one more nomenclatural slap-fight on the cable news. So that’s your airline/advertising trivia for the day.
Om nom nom nom nom.