The 11'8" bridge in Durham, N.C., which has brought so much misery to unobservant truck drivers and so much joy to the internet, will be raised to 12'4" this week. Is nothing sacred in the age of Trump?
On October 26, I spent the afternoon at the 11foot8 bridge as the crew was working on preparing the structure for raising it next week. They cut off the rusty steel supports of the old walkway on the southern side of the trestle, and they removed the battered, bent crash beam that was the canopener's "teeth" for taking bites out of many a hapless, overheight truck on Gregson St. I hope you all enjoy the video.
It's only a few inches, but it's the difference between life and death for the standard 12ft high rental trucks that comprise the bridge's normal diet.
Here's a compilation featuring many of the Can Opener's victims:
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I feel like such a chump. Several years ago, I hadn't planned on buying anything at a Tupperware party that I had agreed to take place in my home (yes, they still exist). But then the hostess told us about this special black-and-white can opener that was available. It didn't cut the top of the can, it popped it up leaving no sharp edges. Well, I immediately imagined all the fake products** I could make with those now-reusable empty cans and bought it for $35. Cut to today: this video shows that any old ordinary can opener can essentially do this same thing by using it horizontally! Ok, to be fair, I haven't tried this new method (mainly because I no longer have ordinary can openers). It could be that it leaves sharp edges but I don't think so. I think my life has been a lie.
**On my website, there's an example of one of my empty can pieces. It's called "Mermaid in a Can."
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