Great Inventions? 1.

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An improvement or not -- what do you think?

Submitted: July 31, 2017

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Great Inventions? 1.

How many of you have come across these new easy-open cans? A better question is probably how many of you haven’t, as they seem to be on every kind of can you can imagine these days.

Another question then; how many of you find them easy to open? One thing is for sure, I don’t.

First of all there is the pull-tab to lift. It starts off flat against the can top and the idea is that you can lift it with your fingers. Am I particularly awkward or something, or does everybody struggle with this. After bending a couple of finger-nails back I usually resort to sticking the blade of a knife underneath it to act as a lever.

Now sometimes everything goes smoothly once that pull tab has been raised. I can get hold of it and slowly, steadily peel it off to end up with a perfectly opened can. But others, I take hold of the pull tab, start to pull and.....snap! It’s come off in my hand leaving the lid firmly in place. Now What?

Doesn’t matter; I’ll just use a conventional can opener on it, no problem, right? Wrong! The lids on these cans are set in too deep for my can opener to open. They barely manage to make a mark. And turning the can upside down does not help either.

If I’m lucky, there is a slight gap made just before the tab broke. If so, I can squeeze in the prong of a fork, lever to get two in, then three and hopefully make a gap big enough to pour the contents out from. But there have been times when I’ve had to give up and toss the lot away.

And then there’s the ring pulls on the fizzy drinks cans. They can be so hard to get a hold of that you end up shaking the can a bit trying. These will sometimes snap off too, perhaps leaving a hole where the froth and drink pours out from, a bit like a volcanic eruption. If you are quick enough you won’t lose the entire drink. Either way, it’s ‘Happy Mopping Time’.

So, are ring pull cans a great invention? I’m kind of in two minds. They are great when they work, but more work than ever when they don’t.


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