The theme for this week’s wacky wine gadgets is… (drumroll)… (corks popping)… weird bottle opening devices! By the way, some of you might have figured out by now that the Wacky Wine Gadget postings aren’t actually weekly. I just have a thing for convenient alliteration. Onward!
1. Bourgeois Brass Knuckles – According to one source, the designer has described this opener as, “a cross between two iconic objects whose cultural and socio-economic associations lie at opposite ends of the spectrum from one another.” Although really, if you go way back, wine was the drink of the people. Violent ones and all. Plus, don’t the bourgeoisie like getting into fights over their pink polo shirts and whatnot? In any case, these appear to have been blacklisted on the internet — there’s nowhere to actually buy them.
2. The Virtual Corkscrew Museum – There are surprisingly few bad puns on this very comprehensive site, and their lessons on how to collect corkscrews are quite informative. There are corkscrew stories, corkscrew sounds, corkscrew photos, postcards and more! One of my favorite models is the Red Devil, a can and bottle opener, corkscrew, knife and scissors sharpener, glass cutter and breaker. General perforator, really, and not something you want to try bring on the plane.
3. The World’s (two) Largest Corkscrews (non-functional):
World’s largest corkscrew, Hurley, Wisconsin
World’s largest corkscrew, Bangkok, Thailand