Why Mitt was allowed in there in the first place is a mystery to me. Good to see they finally nationalized the stick. Though they did pick the wrong one. Around here we have found the best stick is 1″ diameter green bamboo about 5′ long. It is usually straight, almost impossible to break and holds up well to poking a fire than any other kind of stick. We recently found that with attaching a foot long wooden skewer to the bamboo stick with a couple of store twist ties makes for the perfect for roasted marshmallows.