- what you always wanted to know!

Here's just about everything you don't need to know about corkscrews to collect them:

  • Tango - what does "enrosque" mean?
  • Uncle Corkscrew
  • Corkscrew Swamp
  • Corkscrew (Tire Bouchon) Restaurants
  • Puig-Pull Corkscrew - an original from Spain
  • Corkscrew Pasta - Rotini and Fusilli
  • Racing Through Corkscrews on a Harley
  • Corkscrew Plants Corkscrew Ficus
  • More Plants - Corkscrew valliseneria
  • and More Plants - Robinia Tortuosas
  • Corkscrews in the Classics
  • Corkscrew Street
  • Chefs and Corkscrews
  • The Last Corkscrew
  • Corkscrews to the Rescue
  • Corkscrew Worship
  • Corkscrew Wine and Liquor Stores
  • U.S. Corkscrew Restaurant
  • Homes for Corkscrews
  • Horsing Around with Corkscrews
  • Corkscrews for the Birds
  • Corkscrew Roller Coasters
  • Corkscrew Type Roller Coasters
  • Corkscrews in Song - Steve Howe, Bob Dylan and The Black Crowes
  • Corkscrew Trails at the Grand Canyon
  • Corkscrews Down Under
  • Corkscrew Museums
  • Corkscrews - the Book
  • Charlie Chaplin in a Bathtub

  • GO BACK TO The Virtual Corkscrew Museum

    Tango term

    The tango term "enrosque" means corkscrew. It is a circular sweeping action in the dance.

    Uncle Corkscrew

    When I happed upon Bryan Rawson's homepage, I found reference to his wife Connie's brother being referred to as Uncle Corkscrews. When I emailed and asked him shy, he replied "Cory Miller gained the nickname 'Uncle Corkscrew' in late 1994 when he was visiting us in Seattle. My oldest son Keith, who was 3 at the time, was badgering Cory for a tool to use when Cory was making minor repairs to his vehicle. Cory shared the corkscrew tool of his Swiss Army knife with Keith and the two worked side-by-side all afternoon. Because of this Keith named Cory 'Uncle Corkscrew,' an unofficial name which stuck."

    National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

    The National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located near Naples, Florida is home to a wide variety of native plants and animals. Swamps, marshes and pine forests bring this 11,000 acre sanctuary to life. The swamp is like no where else on Earth. Corkscrew Swamp contains the world's largest remaining old-growth Bald Cypress forest . A two-mile Boardwalk Trail winds through a primeval cathedral of towering 500 year old trees where a visitor can see the sights and landscapes of a Florida from long ago. The self-guided boardwalk tour always provides quiet solace and inspiration for nature lovers, a haven for birders and photographers.

    Visit the Sanctuary

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    Corkscrew (Tire Bouchon) Restaurants

    Montmartre in Paris is the site of Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) Church. It is also the home of Le Tire Bouchon (the Corkscrew) where hard apple cider from Normandy is served to the tunes of a wildly playing piano player.

    In Berlin Germany at Brahmsstrasse 10, one can enjoy the exclusive completely renovated and refurbished Schlosshotel Vier Jahreszeiten. All guest rooms are furnished in antique and period styles. For dining and drinking there are: Gourmet restaurants Vivaldi and LeJardin. Bar Le Tire Bouchon. Lobby bar. Pool bar. Terrace dining in the summer.

    Other restaurants:

    Nice, France: Le Tire-Bouchon, 19, rue de la préfecture, Tel. 93 92 63 64

    Strasbourg, France: Au Tire-Bouchon, 5 rue des Tailleurs-de-Pierre.

    Brest Le Tire Bouchon, Observatoire Street, Tel. 98-44-15-18

    Hong Kong: Le Tire Bouchon, G/F, Old Bailey St, Central 2523 5459

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    The Puig-Pull Corkscrew

    It is made in Spain and the price is 1,999 pesetas.

    See it in Spanish or English on the Internet at:

    See it in Spanish or English

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    Corkscrew Pasta

    Rotini are corkscrew pasta that most sauces cling to easily.

    Rotini Recipes

    Fusilli are corkscrew pasta.

    Fusilli with Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomato Recipe

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    Racing through Corkscrews

    See photos of a Harley racing through a corkscrew course.

    The Laguna raceway in California has a corkscrew on the track. A comment (by unknown): "The Corkscrew is a fun part that is important to be fast in because it can help your time alot and because if you're not fast there, the AI guys might rearend you.. When you have a full tank, you will tend to slide on the exit if you get a little gas happy (too much throttle too soon)."

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    Corkscrew Plants

    The February 16, 1996 Detroit News Homestyle section tells us about a garden "There's a heart-shaped ficus, a basket-shaped ficus, a French-braid ficus (right), a corkscrew ficus and a ficus happily growing around a rock. Teasing a temperamental ficus tree into a shape was a challenge, although not as difficult as you might think

    The Detroit News

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    More Plants

    Corkscrew valliseneria - an acquatic plant. Tom Hardman (email: says:

    My new 55 gallon aquarium simply won't be complete without a couple of nice little patches of corkscrew valliseneria. I've searched all the local Atlanta fish stores. Can you help?

    and a further comment (author unknown): valliseneria - the regular or corkscrew varieties--is reputed to do well, but i've never had luck with it under any conditions. I think my gravel was too course for it.

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    and More Plants

    Somone on the Internet was looking for Robinia Tortuosas (corkscrew locust). email to if you can help.

    And lastly.............the corkscrew willow, Salix matsudana 'Contorta'. Branches are often used for flower arrangements, both dried and fresh. I once saw a bunch of fresh 8' high branches rooting like crazy in a bucket of water in a florist shop.

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    Corkscrews in the Classics

    Lewis Carroll mentions the Corkscrew in Through the Looking Glass - Chapter 2 - The Garden of Live Flowers:

    `I should see the garden far better,' said Alice to herself, `if I could get to the top of that hill: and here's a path that leads straight to it -- at least, no, it doesn't do that -- ' (after going a few yards along the path, and turning several sharp corners), `but I suppose it will at last. But how curiously it twists! It's more like a corkscrew than a path! Well, this turn goes to the hill, I suppose -- no, it doesn't! This goes straight back to the house! Well then, I'll try it the........'

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    Lodging on Corkscrew Street

    Bed and Breakfast Inns - British Columbia - Canada

    Turningpoint Farms, 864 Corkscrew, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B0

    Telephone: 604-546-3515

    There are four rooms. One private bath. Reasonable at $50!

    Season: Apr 1-July 1 & Sept 15-Nov 1

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    Chefs and Corkscrews

    "A kitchen without a corkscrew is merely a room." - Keith Floyd, BBC chef and "gastronaut".

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    The Last Corkscrew

    You can order a Funeral Floral Arrangement in the U.S. by calling 1-800-266-0452 to place your order between 8 am to 5 pm Central Time Monday - Friday and Saturday 9 am to 2 pm Central Time.

    Here's what will be sent:

    Floral Arrangment 22"H x 16"W

    This arrangement, featuring MINI CARNATIONS, SNOWDRIFT POMPONS, FUJI, CHRYSANTHEMUMS, CARNATIONS, CORKSCREW WILLOW, PLUMOSA, SALAL, and SPANISH MOSS, is a nice selection to send to the house of the bereaved.


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    Corkscrews to the Rescue

    Big Corkscrew Island Fire Rescue, 13240 Immokalee Road, Naples, Florida. Tel: 941-455-1204

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    Corkscrew Worship

    Corkscrew Baptist Church, State Road 846, Immokalee, Florida 33934 Tel: 941-657-3755

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    Corkscrew Wine and Liquor Stores

    Cavatappi Distribuzione, 1019 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-3525 (206)284-6191

    Corkscrew Liquors, 3460 W Carefree Cir, Colorado Spgs, CO 80917-2807 (719)591-8732

    Corkscrew Party Shoppe, 38256 Ford Rd, Westland, MI 48185-1970 (313)595-1033

    Corkscrew Party Store, 912 E Cork St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001-4876 (616)345-2973

    Corkscrew Wine & Liquors, 100 Applegarth Rd, Cranbury, NJ 08512-3702 (609)655-5660

    Corkscrew Wine Emporium Ltd, 3120 Montvale Dr, Springfield, IL 62704-4261 (217)698-1112

    Corkscrew Wines & Liquors, 1928 Jericho Tpke, Elwood, NY 11731-6207 (516)499-6550

    The Corkscrew, 1235 W Oak St, Denton, TX 76201-3933 (817)566-1933

    The Corkscrew, 1781 Coventry Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118-1631 (216)932-8600

    The Corkscrew, 1s219 Us Highway 2, Hurley, WI 54534-9704 (715)561-5645

    The Corkscrew, 238 S Arlington Ave, Reno, NV 89501-1703 (702)322-1050

    The Corkscrew, 590 Macarthur Blvd, Pocasset, MA 02559 (508)563-3012

    The Corkscrew, 66 Mountain Blvd, Watchung, NJ 07060-6331 (908)756-5885

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    U.S. Corkscrew Restaurant

    Corkscrew Lounge & Rest, 8249 Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI 53143-6324 (414)654-9931

    The Cavatappi (Italian for Corkscrew) Restaurant is located in the San Diego Hilton beach and Tennis Resort, 619-276-4010

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    Homes for Corkscrews

    Corkscrew Woodlands Assn Inc, 21600 Corkscrew Woodlands Blvd, Estero, FL 33928-2400 - a mobile home park


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    Horsing Around with Corkscrews

    Corkscrew Ranch, 12593 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919-3181 (941)482-5910

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    Corkscrews for the Birds

    Corkscrew Swamp Audubon Society, Immokalee, FL 33934 (813)657-3771

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    Corkscrew Roller Coasters


    THE CORKSCREW (1976)

    Built during the nation's Bicentennial, this red, white and blue scream machine was the first-of-its-kind when it debuted. The Corkscrew flips riders upside down directly over the midway, where spectators can get dizzy by just watching!



    Landmarks The Coaster at Playland is a bit of a relic. The wooden structure looks dowdy compared to its sexy new neighbour, The Corkscrew. But despite a steel coaster building frenzy in the 1980s, wooden coasters are back in vogue. What is it about the shake, rattle and roll of a traditional coaster that's so appealing? And can we justify the ecological cost of a thrill?

    Twist and turn on the crowd-pleasing Corkscrew, featuring a DNA scrambling double helix and a knock off your socks 75 foot drop!



    Someone roller-coaster on the goings-on for Geauga Lake for 1996. He said that, first of all, the park is holding a Halloween event this year; second, that the Corkscrew is being dismantled to be replaced with a standard Vekoma Boomerang. If true, this leads me to wonder where the Corkscrew will end up, and I can think of another Premier-owned ex-Funtime park in Central Ohio which desperately needs a ride like the Corkscrew.


    Rocky Point is the second-oldest continually-operating park in the U.S. The park's steel coaster, Corkscrew Loop, was built in 1984.


    Silverwood moved the Corkscrew from Knotts Berry Farm. It was the first contemporary coaster to turn riders upside down. Silverwood is building a new wooden coaster scheduled to open in 1996.



    The Corkscrew climbs to a height of 85 feet, drops into a 360-degree vertical loop, follows 2 giant "coil-like" spirals and ends with a 360-degree horizontal loop. The coaster reaches speeds of 50 miles per hour. Rails, a steel coaster, features individual cars that travel up to 50 miles per hour around a figure-8 style track.




    Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the Pavilion is an old-fashioned amusement park full of nostalgic fun and thrills. Experience roller coasters and candy apples, corn dogs and merry-go-rounds. The Pavilion is sure to provide a day of enjoyment for the little ones and the young at heart!

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    Corkscrew Type Roller Coasters

    (Location, Coaster Name, Type of Design, Coaster Designer, Year Built)


    Calaway Park, Turn of the Century / Steel Corkscrew / Arrow / 1982


    Playland, Corkscrew, Steel Corkscrew, Vekoma, 1994


    Busch Gardens, Tampa Python, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1977


    Silverwood Park, Gravity Defying Corkscrew, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1975/1990


    Michigan's Adventure, Corkscrew, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1979


    Valleyfair!, Corkscrew, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1980


    Canobie Lake Park, Canobie Corkscrew, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow/Hopkins, 1975


    Geauga Lake, Corkscrew, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1978


    Cedar Point, Corkscrew, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1976


    Knoebel's, Whirlwind, Steel Corkscrew, Vekoma, 1984


    La Ronde, Le Super Menage, Steel Corkscrew, Vekoma, 1981


    Rocky Point, Loop-Corkscrew, Steel Loop-screw, Arrow, 1985


    Pavilion, Corkscrew, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1978


    Libertyland, Revolution, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1979


    Opryland USA, Wabash Cannonball, Steel Corkscrew, Arrow, 1975

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    Corkscrews in Song

    In Steve Howe's album Turbulence you'll find:


    Hint Hint

    Running the Human Race

    The Inner Battle

    Little Star

    Between Right and Wrong

    Heat City

    Corkscrew Hill

    Nero and the Trend

    Time Runs Slow

    You'll also find Corkscrew Hill on the albrum Chatterbox by Irish singer Máirtín O'Connor.

    ...and a song by Bob Dylan: You're a Big Girl Now

    Our conversation was short and sweet

    Nearly knocked me off of my feet

    And I'm back in the rain, oh,

    and you are on dry land, oh,

    You made it there somehow

    You're a big girl now.

    Bird on the horizon

    Sittin' on a fence

    He's singing his song for me

    At his own expense

    And I'm just like that bird

    Singin' just for you

    I hope that you can hear

    Hear me singin' through these tears

    Love is so simple

    To quote a phrase

    You've known it all the time

    I'm learnin' it these days

    Oh, I know where I can find you

    In somebody's room

    It's a price I have to pay

    You're a big girl all the way

    Time is a jet plane

    It moves too fast

    Oh but what a shame

    That all we've shared can't last

    I can change I swear

    See what you can do

    I can make it through

    You can make it too

    A change in the weather

    Is known to be extreme

    But what's the sense in changing

    Horses in midstream

    I'm going out of my mind

    With a pain that stops and starts

    Like a corkscrew to my heart

    Ever since we've been apart

    In the Fall of 1994- The Black Crowes performed at small private gigs under the pseudonyms "Blessed Chloroform" , "The Corkscrews of Renown", and "O.D. Jubilee Band" in the U.S. and Europe.

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    Corkscrews Down Under

    The Gold Coast is Australia's tourism capital. Sea World on Sea World Drive at Main Beach has a triple-loop Corkscrew roller coaster.

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    Corkscrew Trails

    Grand Canyon National Park's Bright Angel Trail is one of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, the other being the South Kaibab Trail. Both trails are well maintained and offer some spectacular views of the Canyon. The Bright Angel Trail was originally an Indian trail used by the Havasupai Indians to commute between the rim and Indian Gardens. Along the trail you will encounter the Devil's Corkscrew where an abrupt decsent thru the Vishnu Schist begins. Here in the summer time as the temperature can easily reach 130 degrees.

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    Corkscrew Museums

    Munich, Germany --The Center for Unusual Museums (Zentrum fuer Aussergewoehnliche Museen) houses several specialty museums under one roof: a lock museum, a corkscrew museum, a chamber pot museum, a pedal car museum and an Easter bunny museum.

    Open daily 10am-6pm. Admission DM8, students/children DM5.

    26 Westenriederstrasse. U-Bahn: Isartor. Tram 18, 20. Tel. 290 41 21.

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    Corkscrews - The Book

    The complete works of "Corkscrews" by Mel Reichler and Jim Egan. A welcome book that will greet you everday with a random corkscrew. A lot of laughs and hopefully some insight.

    Here are some excerpts from the "book":

    When Sister Greb asks Reb Dunzel "What is a corkscrew?," he replies "A Corkscrew is a sentence....It's a sentence that bends and twists with a handle on one end and a point on the other."

    "A Corkscrew is like a story. For a story to work right it's got to have some bends and twists in the plot, a story line to hold on to, and some semblance of a point at the end. But a poem can be a Corkscrew or a song. Even just a couple of words arranged properly can be a Corkscrew."

    "The beauty of a good Corkscrew is that it opens ideas up but it doesn't pour the contents all over you. It lets you peek inside and smell what's there and if you want to, you can try to pour out it's meaning or put the cork back or just leave it uncorked."

    "A Corkscrew shows you an idea then it shows you the pattern of the idea and then it shows you the pattern itself without the idea."

    "Corkscrews are always crazy but true - they touch upon ideas that are strange but when you think about them, not so strange after all."

    "Like good sex, a Corkscrew is its own context."

    "There are Corkscrews for which there is no cork."

    "Corkscrews are the sex of the mind."

    "Corkscrews are lost point down and found point up."

    "A Corkscrew is the common ground between any truth and its contradiction."

    "A Corkscrew is a one person dialogue or a two person monologue."

    "The problem is that the meaning of a Corkscrew is always another Corkscrew."

    "The meaning of a Corkscrew is always another Corkscrew."

    Thanks to Mel Reichler and Jim Egan for teaching us the meaning of Corkscrew. I enjoy reading these corkscrews - a few at a time - over breakfast to get my day going. Want more? Contact Mel Reichler

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