Opening a can without any tools

The self-described Crazy Russian Hacker of Youtube demonstrates in eye-watering detail a method for tool-free can opening: just grind down the can's rim on a handy block of concrete, then squeeze. The stunt is repeated several times, just to be sure you've absorbed the technique in all its complexity. It's all framed in post-apocalyptic terms, naturally: a kind of Russo-Survivalist Youtube version of Three Men in a Boat.

How to Open a Can without Can Opener - Zombie Survival Tips #20 (via Neatorama)

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  1. Tavie says:

    My can opener broke mid-jalapeño-opening the other day. My boyfriend said it was VERY IMPORTANT that we get this can open for the crockpot chili he was making, but neither of us wanted to get dressed and walk to the store to get a new can opener.

    We didn't have a churchkey, but we had one of those corkscrews that also have a knife that flips out, and the knife was a very tough serrated steel.

    The serrated steel punched through that can like a boss. I got the whole thing open just sawing through.

    I don't recommend it though. It was pretty dangerous, now that I think about it. Gotta use a lot of elbow grease and if I'd slipped I could've seriously cut my hands.

    Note to self: buy a new can opener already.

  2. Strictly speaking, the block of concrete is a tool.

  3. Ratel says:

    True, just like a pedant.

    I'm sorry, but how could I not? It was set up on a tee!

  4. A British man, a French man and a Russian stand before a painting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. "Look how reserved they are," says the Brit. "They are British."

    The French man says "They're naked, and so beautiful. They must be French."

    The Russian chuckles. "They have no clothes, no shelter, all they've got is one lousy apple, and they've been told they live in a paradise. Obviously they are Russian."

  5. Just ask a nearby strag to let you borrow a can opener. As long as you know where your towel is, it shouldn't be an issue.

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