Now You Know

Factoids and curiosities

Forty-eight years after canned food began feeding the British Royal Navy, the can opener made its debut. Until 1858, sailors had no easy way to open such rations. Knives, chisels, and bayonets were used to open the heavy iron containers. American Ezra Warner invented the first dedicated can opener, which consisted of a hook and a short blade attached to a handle. The manual cutting-wheel opener was patented in 1870. The electric can opener arrived 61 years after that.

Source: 'Famous First Facts,' by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell; 'Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things,' by Charles Panati.

(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Monitor

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK