Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Humble corkscrew? Not in my book!

Some time ago, I sang the praises of the inventor of the clothes peg (clothes pin).
Today, I wish to laud the genius of whoever devised that most sainted of gizmos, the corkscrew.
I mean, imagine a bottle of desirable wine, imagine a cork in it, and imagine that the corkscrew had not been invented. Would YOU have come up with a solution to your thirst problem, other than biting the neck off the bottle?

OK, it's all very Voltairean: "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him". But, honestly, I reckon that most of us would find it easier to invent God than a device for getting the cork out of a bottle.

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