The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Sunday, April 20, 2003
Wirtz, Virginia - Hundreds of Easter Egg hunts will take place today. Those dipped, colored, and decorated ovals will adorn many a table. The hardboiled ones will be cracked, peeled, and devoured. But what about those that didn't make it that far? Those that you only one softboiled and to place in your egg cup, gently slice off the top, and savor the spooned out contents. Here's a neat little tool for cutting around the top of the eggs. Someone bought it at Internet auction on April 17 for $140.27. Maybe they will have it in time for Easter.
But wait! There's more to this story. There is a corkscrew connection. Here's how the seller presented it for auction:
WOW. Very unusual, unique CORK EXTRACTOR. You probably do not own one of these, many of you have never seen one! This is a 2 finger loop, squeeze action, cork extractor WITH TEETH (like the great white shark-jaws). The top of the round ring extractor has the initials C.O.C. The bottom of the ring extractor has the printing "Brevete S.G.D.G. DEPOSE Made in France." Could this be the long lost cousin to J. Perille Depose of Paris, France???? When the two finger loops are squeezed, the inner ring will extend sixteen (16) sharp, pointed teeth that will grip the cork, then twist, and the cork is removed.
Thank you to reader Christopher Bristow for the "tip" on this story.
Braunau am Inn, Austria - On this date in 1889, Adolf Hitler was born.
Adolf's father, Alois, was born in 1837. Alois was the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber and her unknown mate. Maria Schicklgruber was said to have been employed as a cook in the household of a wealthy Jewish family named Frankenberger. Some speculate that Frankenburger's 19 year old son got Maria pregnant. If that is true, Adolf Hitler's grandfather was Jewish.
Maria's son was given her last name, Schicklgruber. In 1876 he change his name to Alois Hitler. If he had not, can't you just imagine thousands of Germans shouting "Heil Schicklgruber!" instead of "Heil Hitler!"?
On April 30, 1945 Adolf committed suicide in his Berlin bunker. He never knew who his grandfather was.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor