Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Can openers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your thumbs

There is only a matter of hours to go before the England v Slovenia soccer match. I’m writing today’s post now because depending on the World Cup result I’ll be too happy or despondent to do so afterwards.
I was going to write a post 'A 100 things you didn't know about the Large Hadron Collider' but because of time pressure I'm lauding my favourite piece of domestic equipment - the Culinare MagiCan. I’m impressed by the simple genius of its technology every time I open a tin, as we Brits say.
I was forced to invest in one after I received a nasty cut from a sardine tin I was trying lever open with a butterfly can opener. My new health regime had backfired its first time out.
There’s a whole history of can openers and no doubt there are collectors around the world. But what has caught my imagination surfing the web are the videos - more Dumbo than Rambo - of how to open a can without a proper opener.
There’s one showing how to open a tin with a spoon, which is almost guaranteed to take a thumb with it.
The one below is a classic of pointlessness – if you had a chef’s knife you’re unlikely to lack a can opener - and manages to jeopardise both thumbs.

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