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Goofy gadgets - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Goofy gadgets
Real post later, but I'm amused. I have the TV on and they just advertised a machine made especially for opening jars. You know, vacuum-sealed jars, like pickles and such.

Hint: Teaspoon. Slip tip of spoon under the lip of cover. Gently push down handle. Leverage. Pop, seal broken, cover comes off easily. I do believe that's from the famous gadget-man, Archimedes. And unless you're shopping somewhere I don't know about, teaspoons cost considerably less than $20 a pop. They are also smaller and easier to store, and can be used for other purposes. Really marvelous machinery.

Don't get me wrong; gadgets amuse me. Especially those that make a much more complicated way to do a simple thing. They make me laugh. :D

ETA:
Gakked from manicwriter1271
A is for AGE: Thirty-three
B is for BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND: Niente, nada, never. Shouldn't that be under "N"?
C is for CAREER IN FUTURE: Librarian at present. Would very much like to write tie-ins for a living.
D is for DAD'S NAME: Thomas
E is for ESSENTIAL ITEM TO BRING TO A PARTY: Beer
F is for FAVOURITE SONG AT THE MOMENT: Stray Cat Strut (very temporary, I'm sure)
G is for GUY/GIRLS YOU'VE KISSED: 3
H is for HOMETOWN: Boston, Massachusetts
I is for INSTRUMENTS YOU CAN PLAY: flute, piano
J is for JOB TITLE: librarian
K is for KIDS: None. Sniff.
L is for LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: Share a two-bedroom apartment with another woman around my age. Purely cost-splitting.
M is for MIDDLE NAME: Ellen
N is for NUMBER OF PEOPLE YOU'VE SLEPT WITH: Zero
O is for OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAYS: Not since I was too young to remember
P is for PHOBIAS: heights, burning the house down
Q is for QUOTE YOU LIKE: Quite a few, but I found this one on my Buffy musical soundtrack this morning, and I liked it, so it's my quote for the day:
"Very occasionally, if you really pay attention, life doesn't suck."
Joss Whedon

Oh, all right. Serious quotage:
"Here is a chance to blast that tunnel vision wide open, bricks flying everywhere, so that, for a moment at least, a dreamscape of wonders and horrors stands forth as clearly and with all the magic reality of the first Ferris wheel you ever saw as a kid, turning and turning against the sky... Somewhere, a foul man--bogeyman!--is slouching thorugh the snowy night with shining yellow eyes. Boys are thundering through autumn leaves on their way home past the library at four in the morning, and somewhere else, in some other world, even as I write this, Frodo and Sam are making their way toward Mordor, where the shadows lie. I am quite sure of it."
Stephen King, Danse Macabre

R is for RELATIONSHIP THAT LASTED THE LONGEST: Non-familial? I've had the same two buds since 7th grade, so twenty-two years.
S is for SEXUAL POSITION: In favor, under the right circumstances.
T is for TIME YOU WAKE UP EVERYDAY: In theory, 6:15.
U is for UNIQUE TRAITS: Hmmm. Hard to see from the inside. I have no idea what's unique about me.
V is for VEGETABLE YOU LOVE: Squash
W is for WORST HABIT: drinking alone
X is for XRAY'S YOU'VE HAD: teeth, lungs
Y is for YUMMY FOOD YOU MAKE: Irish soda bread. I think I'll go out and buy some ingredients to make some later.
Z is for ZODIAC SIGN: Leo

I feel a bit...: amused amused
Soundtrack: Buffy, "Fool for Love" episode

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webbapettigrew From: webbapettigrew Date: April 30th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can go one step easier: run the jar and lid under hot tap water for thirty seconds. Then twist the lid off with a flick of the wrist.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 30th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
True, but then you get your hands all wet. It's a tradeoff. :)
From: anatomiste Date: April 30th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or if you are feeling angry, you can stab the lid with a knife to release the pressure.

But then you have a hole in your jar.
skelkins From: skelkins Date: May 1st, 2004 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
The gadget in question *is* quite nice for people with arthritis or nerve damage in their hands, though. The knife trick requires a kind of leverage that sometimes just isn't doable if you have hand troubles. Me, I love me my jar opener, oh yes, I do. Saves me the humiliation of having my housemates for help opening jars, which since most of my housemates are men has nasty gender implications that always make me squirm, even while I tell myself that I'm being very silly for feeling that way.

That said, though, I'm sure that most people just like them because they're k00l kitchen gadgets, and there *do* seem to be a lot of people in this world who just can *never* have enough junk littering up the pull-out drawers in their kitchens.
From: 88l71 Date: May 1st, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
HEh. Fav one I've seen had to be this device for peeling hard boiled eggs - it starts out "Tired of spending HOURS peeling eggs?" and you see this lady who looks like she's ripping at this egg with claws or something.

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