Thursday, May 5, 2011
When Thinking Outside the Square Isn’t the Best Idea
I was doing the dishes when I heard The Apprentice banging about at the kitchen bench and then swear.
A quick investigation of the problem revealed that when she was trying to open a tin of catfood, the metal loop that you hook your finger through and pull had broken off. Well known for thinking ‘outside the square’, The Apprentice was using a teaspoon to try and prise the lid open. This might have worked if the loop had lifted the edge of the lid at all before it broke, but it hadn’t.
Lucky for The Apprentice I happened to have a new invention in the kitchen that would solve her problem within seconds. I pulled it out of the drawer and attached it to the top of the can. I then turned the handle so that it moved around the top of the can, miraculously lifting the top off as it went around.
I told The Apprentice that since this new invention opened the can, the ideal name would be a can opener.