While waiting for an omelet, I noticed that my butter knife was attracted to my spoon and fork. All the knives on the table had this same magnetic property, but at different strengths. Some knives were strong enough to pick up another knife. It was fun to swing the silverware off the end of a knife.
I asked the waitress if she knew the silverware was magnetic.
Yes, she said, there are a few knives in the restaurant that are, and she sometimes sees people playing with them. Just a few lucky tables get these special knives she said, perhaps a few times a week. She did not know why.
Turns out, some restaurants have a magnetic lid on the trash can that grabs silverware accidently bound for the garbage. These powerful grabbers magnetize the silverware.
Westfall Perkins Assistant Manager Gerri Winschuh verified that the restaurant does have a magnetic trash can. She had never heard of any magnetic silverware at Perkins, but was curious and intended to ask the waitresses about it.
So the next time you are at Perkins, test your silverware and maybe perform a few science experiments while you wait for your meal.