What is it that Swedes have against normal can openers? Why does the husband insist on using one of those horrible instruments of torture masquerading as can openers, with a sharp point on one end and a vague "hand grip" on the other that requires one to first jab a hole in the can, and then hack one's way viciously, jaggedly round the top (it is so primitive that I can't even find a picture of it!)?
I used to think that people here were unaware that some 135 years ago, someone invented a new kind of can opener wherein the can is punctured by pulling the grips of the opener together, then while holding the grips together, a set of toothed wheels open the can with a twist of the handle.
But then I bought a real can opener, and at some point, the husband actually threw it away, claiming "it didn't work."
I'm off to Munich to cover a conference and hang out in beer gardens drinking, um, beer for a few days.
The Swedish word for the day is uppfinnare. It means inventor.
- by Francis S.