November 3, 2007
Re "Picky, picky, picky," Opinion, Oct. 30 Nature provides the best toothpicks -- namely, cactus needles. The prickly pear has nice, long needles. As they come off the plant, they are too sharp to use. But if one nips one-sixteenth of an inch off their points, they are perfect. George Schroedter Glendora
August 1, 2001
These seashell toothpicks can add a special touch to your hors d'oeuvre tray. Or spear chunks of fruit or olives to float in summer drinks. The picks are so cute that you'll hate to throw them out after eating your nibbles. Seashell hors d'oeuvre picks, set of 50 in burlap pouch, $6.99 at Say Cheese, 2800 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake, (323) 665-0545, and Iris Intrigue Boutique, 962 Mission St., South Pasadena, (626) 441-5461.
June 19, 1988 |
Joe King, 39, a professor of electrical engineering at University of the Pacific in Stockton, intends to glue the last of 110,000 toothpicks in place on his scale model of the Eiffel Tower in time for the Paris landmark's May, 1989, centennial "whether anybody cares or not." King--"People tend to call me the toothpick king"--is hoping, of course, that someone will.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1991 |
Five years ago, Bob Haifley said, God spoke to him. And God told him to build a life-size figure of Jesus using toothpicks. "I was in my work truck on Lone Hill and Cienega avenues in San Dimas when God told me to do it," he said. "I said, 'Gee, I can't do that. You're asking me to undertake a task that will take 10 years.' " But, equipped with tweezers, glue and boxes of sandwich, flat, square and round toothpicks, Haifley began.
November 15, 1993 |
When his hot-air balloon with "God Is Love" emblazoned on the side succumbed to desert rot, Leonard Knight knew he needed a better way to spread the good news. So he decided to paint a few biblical phrases on a hilly mound near the broken truck he calls home in a gravelly and desolate Imperial County squatters' encampment known as Slab City. That was seven years ago. Knight, 62, has been painting brightly colored religious messages and soothing pastoral scenes ever since.
HOME & GARDEN
September 16, 2000 |
Question: Do you know anything about "personal toothpicks"? I have one that I found in a drawer of an old vanity. I think it is ivory. It is nicely carved at the top and the point is intact. * Answer: Ivory toothpicks were part of a 19th-century gentleman's grooming kit. Some men carried them in pocket-size holders. Or, the toothpicks might have stood in special holders on a dresser or tabletop. Most of the plain ones were made in the Far East.