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    Posted 4 years ago

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    SO. A few months ago, I showed pics of a dozen or so [very similar] of these plastic chopsticks, which I'd just picked up at a local church rummage sale.

    THEN, a couple weeks ago, I found two more [nearly] like them while picking thru a bin of assorted kitchen utensils/flatware at a junk shop. "COOL" I said to myself -- I still don't really know anything about the first bunch, but why not have a couple more to go with 'em...?? <lol>

    Only after I got 'em home did I realize that the spurious two are in fact *not* exactly like the others -- while they seem to be made of the same plastic in the same shape/size/colors, etc. etc., the lettering/characters are NOT AT ALL alike. In pics here, the two 'new' ones are shown slightly crossed -- examples of each of the two designs on my 'existing' ones are shown beside them for comparison.

    COULD IT BE that these, in a way similar to how plastic 'cocktail stirrers/swizzle sticks' are, (or were, anyway...?) sorta 'custom imprinted/made', for the particular restaurants (etc) they came from??

    And if so -- does anybody here have a clue what any of the characters/lettering on ANY of them actually reads, ifn's in fact thats what it is???

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      I think they may be 2 diff. languages, so diff. areas.
    2. truthordare truthordare, 4 years ago
      I think you do have 2 pairs, look at the top Chinese characters, you have 2 different types. The other marks are Asian symbolic signs, bottom one is for Happiness or Good fortune, the others are typical like the dragon, the pine tree, etc. You can look those up on google.

      In the old days, Chinese restaurants had chop sticks for the customers who wanted them, or were included in the take out order. Like plastic utensils for us, they were free.
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 years ago
      Thanks SO VERY MUCH to fortapache, Caperkid, Toyrebel, Brunswick, truthordare, and blunderbuss2 for your <love it>s, comments, and info!!

      Thomas, I don't know how to use them as 'eating utensils' either, I'd starve if that was my only option. 'Drumsticks'...well, I hadn't thought of that (and don't truly know how to play drums either?) but bet I'd do better at attempting to do *that* with 'em, vs.feeding myself?? <lol> [though, I certainly know how to eat (yardbird) drumsticks without chopsticks or any other utensils ifn's they're properly fried/grilled, but I presume you're speaking of the drumsticks one actually plays the drums with?? <giggle>]

      BB2 and truthordare -- I truly appreciate your thoughts too. I fully admit I know next to nothing about any variety of Asian languages/characters (or really how to google them to find out?) but you've both given me some new ideas to think about...?!! :-)
    4. Zilla Zilla, 4 years ago
      Hello, I looked them up in a Chinese dictionary app. The ones with more simple looking characters are in simplified Chinese (used in mainland China) and say (Bai Nian Hao He) may you live a long and happy life together. It’s a wedding greeting apparently. The sticks with the more complicated characters are in Traditional Chinese (used in Hong Kong, and Taiwan) and say (Long Feng Cheng Xiang) which is a Chinese idiom and means the dragon and Phoenix are symbols of good fortune. :-)

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