February 16th, 2004


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09:41 pm - on marvels of modern science and ingenuity...
moveable type, the steam engine, the integrated circuit, the nuclear fusion reactor, sliced bread...

all are fine fine inventions... definitely testaments to the brilliance of the men who invented them.

But you know what truly boggles my mind? The single device more fascinating than any other....





the hand held mechanical can opener... Pure GENIUS!!!

Current Mood: [mood icon] impressed

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Comments:


[User Picture]From: firimari Date: February 17th, 2004 - 05:59 am (Link)
What about the pop top soup can, which renders above device redundant?
Or the more compact but more difficult can opener on a swiss army knife?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 17th, 2004 - 06:03 am (Link)

Re:

well, the electric can opener makes the mechanical one redundant as well. That isn't the point. I'm talking about the brilliance and the elegance of the design here. Plus the manner in which it works... turn crank here, can spins and opens over there... Sheer genius, I tell you....
[User Picture]From: cuddlyd00m Date: February 17th, 2004 - 06:58 pm (Link)

Can openers

Have you ever checked out David Macauley's The Way Things Work? That book makes me think the same thing about almost any mechanical device. It's targeted at children around age 12, but this 29-year-old still thinks it kicks ass.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 18th, 2004 - 05:39 am (Link)

Re: Can openers

I have seen that book.... in fact, I've seen it recently but I can't remember where. I wonder if Mike has it. If not, I might have to get a copy. It's definitely cool.
[User Picture]From: beststephi Date: February 17th, 2004 - 08:32 pm (Link)
More fascinating than the sewing machine? (I didn't think so.)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 18th, 2004 - 05:40 am (Link)

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yes.... much cooler than the sewing machine... I'm not saying the sewing machine isn't cool... it just doesn't have the exqusite elegance of the can opener.
 

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