The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Monday, September 8, 2003
Desperate for a Corkscrew?
health24.co.za - Here's a suggestion offered under "Household hints that really do work" by Susan Erasmus.
If you don't have a corkscrew, drive two nails into the cork to be removed (not too near to the edge). Lay a large nail horizontally between them and use the large nail to turn.
Editor - After we found the above article, we said "sure that sounds like it will work." We chose a wine from the cellar, got some nails, and a hammer. Our first attempt failed when the driven nails bent when twisted. We decided the nails were too small.
We got larger nails and drove two into the cork remembering the warning "not too near the edge." Driving the nails drove the cork into the bottle about one quarter of an inch. We took a third nail and began to turn. The nails began to twist in the cork. We turned more. The nails twisted in the cork more and became free. We pulled them out.
We turned the large nail more. The nails twisted in the cork more and became free. We pulled them out. We were left with a large hole in the cork.
We found a big worm on our corkscrew nail, screwed it into the cork, and extracted it.
We wonder if Susan Erasmus, the writer for www.health24.co.za actually tried her household hint and succeeded. Have you?
News We Missed
iafrica.com, May 4, 2003 -A woman allegedly killed her cousin with a bottle opener during an argument at their house in Ashton, near Worcester in the Western Cape on Friday, police said. Captain William Reid said the woman (31) was arrested after she had allegedly stabbed her male cousin (42) in the chest with a corkscrew bottle opener and he died at the scene.
Apparently the two were at a house in Ashton around 7:20pm on Friday with other members of the family and had an argument over food. The man allegedly began hitting the woman with a broomstick and she stabbed him with the bottle opener. Reid said the woman would appear in the Montague Magistrate's Court on Monday.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor