The modern world is an incredible place. Technology has changed the face of the planet, allowing us to keep in touch with loved ones on the other side of the globe, and it’s made our day to day lives so much easier – impacting everything from our health to our working lives.

However, there’s some disturbing modern trends that suggest society has gone too far. Now that we are able to do just about anything, the powers that be have decided to render certain everyday utensils obsolete and that includes the humble plate!

Here’s 16 of the most ridiculous things that restaurants have used instead of plates…

1. Cocktail in a rock

As hard as it is to believe, a restaurant has served a cocktail inside a rock. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, they provided a straw to help this customer drink it. Personally, I like to see what my cocktails look like – there’s nothing Instagram-worthy about this.

2. Ravioli on a clothesline

One of the best things about ravioli is that you can enjoy more than one square at a time, but you can forget doing that if you’re at a restaurant that serves it on a clothesline. Unpegging pasta is the last thing that I want to do at dinner time!

3. Desert on an image of a plate on an iPad

This restaurant clearly wanted its diners to reminisce about simpler days gone by and decided to serve a desert onto an image of a plate. It’s actually on an iPad, and I’m no technology expert, but I’m pretty sure that you can’t put iPads in the dishwasher.

4. A parma mouse?!

Okay, there might be a plate here, but even when this dining convention is adhered to, restaurants these days can’t help but try to jazz things up by giving said plate some seriously bizarre decorations. It looks like a skinned rat – delicious.

My mom’s always said, “If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it.” There’s a lot of truth to this saying, and if this worrying trend continues, I dread to think what my children will be eating out of. Maybe I should keep some plates as family heirlooms to pass down to them.