I try to learn something new every day, but some days are less informative than others.
So the other night I was out to a restaurant having dinner with my friend Rich and his family when his daughter points out the toothpick jar on the table. Specifically, she pointed out the little grooves cut into the top of the toothpicks:
I've seen these grooves before and never given them a moment's thought until she asked me if I knew what they're for. When I told her I didn't know, she snapped the end off of one of them and placed it on the table like so:
Apparently these are designed as an integral toothpick rest so you can set your toothpick down without getting it dirty.
So there you have it.