A spurtle is a Scottish kitchen tool that dates back to the 15th century. Originally it was a flat, wooden, spatula-like implement used to flip oatcakes. Over time, its shape changed, becoming more round and dowel-like, and used specifically for stirring soups, oatmeal and porridge. Its rod-like shape is designed for constant stirring, thus preventing porridge from congealing and becoming lumpy.
There is a World Porridge Cooking Contest known as "The Golden Spurtle".