Even if you don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, there always seems to be that one utensil that goes missing. It’s usually a smaller item (it would be hard to lose something as big as, say, a toaster), but you inevitably will not be able to find it when you need it most.
What item is that for me, you ask? The bottle opener. I know, I know. Get one that has a magnet on it. Stick it on the fridge, you say. I have one like that, but for some reason it always ends up missing.
Thankfully, Brian Brushwood has a perfect solution for those times when you’re trying to pop open a bottle of soda, suds, or anything else you might want to quench your thirst, but just can’t seem to find the bottle opener.
The host of National Geographic‘s new life hacking show Hacking the System, Brushwood will show you (in this quick, 30-second video) how you can use an ordinary piece of paper (or even a dollar bill) to open a bottle in the case of an emergency.
In the video, you can follow along as Brian instructs you to take a piece of paper, fold it in half (make sure to line everything up perfectly), and then begin to roll it as tightly as you possibly can. Once you have the paper rolled in a tight tube, just fold it in half.
Next you’ll take the webbing of your hand (between your thumb and index finger) and place it against the back of the bottle cap. Then you’ll stick your paper bottle opener in between your index finger and the bottle as you close your hand over it. Next, pull on the paper, using your index finger as a fulcrum, and the cap should pop right off.
It might not be the easiest way to get the cap off a sealed bottle, but it should work nicely in a pinch. Be sure to watch the video, as seeing Brushwood actually go through the motions to remove the cap will give you a much better sense of how it works.
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