Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More Trivia

Isn't this weird?

The first practical can opener was developed many years after the birth of the metal can. Early cans were made of iron and weighed more than the food they held. Ezra Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut patented the first can opener in 1858, but it never left the grocery store. A clerk had to open each can before it was taken away. William Lyman of the United States invented the modern can opener, with a cutting wheel that rolls around the rim, in 1870.


Berry Blog said...

None of my can openers ever worked well until I got this tv advertised jobbe for $20 that I slap on, push the button and it rattles it's way around the can. I just love it.
Modern Marvels just did a history of canning. can you recall as a kid, the stuff learned about tin cans, lead cans, etc.?