In the 19th century, etiquette manuals differed on whether using a toothpick at the dinner table was appropriate behavior or impossibly rude. This 1950s novelty assumes that picking your teeth is okay in company and offers the opportunity to extract a simulated bloody tooth at the end of a toothpick from your mouth to the horror of the assembled party. The printed instruction sheet in the box details to aspiring jokesters how to pull off the gag: "At the dinner table, put the FUN-TOOTH in your mouth with the toothpick projecting just like a regular toothpick. Act nonchallant at first, moving the pick around with the proper sounds and gestures so that your friends will notice it. For the suspense stage you can say: 'Something is wrong.' At the agony stage you can make noises of pain and fear. When you finally yank out the tooth with a yell, watch the effect." As the side of the box exclaims, "A Laugh Riot."