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Helpful conversation starters about the McDonald's frork and more

You're going to want to know what a "frork" is.

As with its distant inexplicable cousin, the Unicorn Frappuccino, you'll need information for discussions over margaritas on Cinco de Mayo this weekend. (Click here for events!) You'll need it when you're waiting for curtain up at the theater, making small talk with your date. You'll need it when you run out of things to critique after you see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Frork. Herewith, an explanation.

The frork is a McDonald's product, a spoonlike thing with a slot for fries on the end. You can use the frork to mop up the leaky insides of your sandwich because we're a society of monsters.

The news release says, "McDonald's solved a problem customers never knew they had … with the FRORK. Did the world need this? Nope. Does it work? Kind of … ?"

So, this is clearly a joke to sell sandwiches, but we'll play. On Friday, participating McDonald's restaurants are giving away the frork with the purchase of a Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich, which come in flavors like Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon.

Other things you need to know to fill the silent gaps in your weekend conversation:

• Kelly Ripa has a new co-host for Live. And it's someone who probably didn't need yet another job: Ryan Seacrest. He already hosts ABC's New Year's Eve show, does red carpet coverage on E! and hosts a daily radio show. He's also the evil mastermind behind the Kardashian arm of television.

• The offspring of long-suffering April the Giraffe has a name, and can now go confidently in the direction of his giraffe dreams. Tajiri, whose name means hope and confidence in Swahili, was named by a keeper at Animal Adventure Park in New York. You may recall, April was pregnant there for, oh, about a million years, and captivated the nation on camera.

• Locally, Tampa Theatre has announced its latest Summer Classics series, with showings of old favorites from June through September. Among the picks: Beauty and the Beast (the Disney cartoon), Reservoir Dogs, The Wizard of Oz and more. There will even be a Grease sing-along. You'll need to mention that last part on your date, because on principle, whether you both enjoy sing-alongs will dictate if there's a second date.

To get more helpful pop culture knowledge, bookmark the Times' Feed blog at tampabay.com/blogs/media. We'll never let you down.

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