I've been sort of trying to stop bringing home secondhand stuff I don't need, but it was only 50p, and surely everyone should have an animal-shaped toothpick holder? At least, I think that's what it is..?
Toothpicks are something I'd tend to associate with restaurants - at home they're cocktail sticks, kept for birthday parties, and if anything is going to fall out of the cupboard, it'll be the cocktail sticks.
Yet it would seem they can stir up pretty strong emotions: there was a story in the papers recently about toothpicks being banned from a hotel on health and safety grounds - apparently concerns customers could dislodge fillings - but it caused such a kerfuffle they were soon back on the tables.
How batty is that?
Anyway, back to my little boar - it's now on our kitchen table keeping the Swedish snack squirrel company, because I knew if it went into the things-I'm-not-quite-sure-what-to-do-with cupboard, it would never come out again.
And of course the sticks have been used for everything but picking teeth: they've been made into interesting patterns, scattered on the floor, reset an MP3 player, stuck into fruit, plasticine, a brother... and basically become a bit of a distraction at mealtimes.
So the picks have gone for now...but the boar stays.
Linking up with Liz's Magpie Monday