Can openers are pretty simple. We all know how to use them, right?
WRONG! According to a YouTube video recently posted to Reddit, the proper way to use a can opener is one of the world's best kept secrets.
The video, which has been viewed over 173k times, claims that, while most people hold the can opener vertically, they're actually supposed to clamp onto the top of the can horizontally.
In the background of the video, someone can be heard saying:
It makes so much more sense to hold it flat than to vertically try to attach it.
Me looking at an internet video trying to teach me new ways to use a can opener. https://t.co/gyhMsS2iP9— natasha lyonne (@natasha lyonne)1534045692.0
Yall I saw that video going around about how to properly use a can opener and my life has changed https://t.co/675qL5BGfz— 💖 Koley 🔜 ASE Chattanooga 💖 (@💖 Koley 🔜 ASE Chattanooga 💖)1534120028.0
The online community was stunned to know they'd been opening cans wrong their whole lives.
I was today years old when I learned the correct way to use a can opener https://t.co/adArjvMg2l— 𝕀𝕥𝕤 𝕞𝕖... 𝕁𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕔𝕒 (@𝕀𝕥𝕤 𝕞𝕖... 𝕁𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕔𝕒)1534055250.0
just showed my mom how Twitter said to use a can opener https://t.co/f6KKbQ9d3M— dee 🔜 Escape P C (@dee 🔜 Escape P C)1534129898.0
Have seen the video of a woman opening a can with the opener sideways. I was skeptical so my son and I decided to c… https://t.co/cF9QWUcwyv— Ellison Cooper (@Ellison Cooper)1534095596.0
All my Life I thought I knew how to Use a Can Opener😳🤔 I wonder what else in life are we doing wrong?… https://t.co/vgyR5jDybH— #DOAP™ NG #NerdGang (@#DOAP™ NG #NerdGang)1534078624.0
@ECooperAuthor That’s the way my husband does it and it confused me to no end. Who taught these people to open cans!?!— Lisa Bagdan (@Lisa Bagdan)1534110622.0
There are drawbacks to the "proper" method, however, as Reddit user Stinsudamus pointed out:
The way purported as 'right' in this video leaves the entire cut top edge exposed and 'sharp' meaning easier to cut your hand on. The first way cuts below the folded top, so the sharp edge is inside the can and harder to hit I guess.
A couple days ago somebody on here posted a video of themselves using a can opener normally and it was retweeted 25… https://t.co/l8yha5gyoM— Stefan Heck (@Stefan Heck)1534121388.0
Another YouTube commenter agreed—the automatic removal of the can's lid wasn't worth the dangerously sharp edge.
Doing it that way gives you the sharpest edge in human history which you cut your hand on 99% of the time. I'm stickin' with old.
@boring_as_heck please do not flaunt your arcane knowledge— Brandy Jensen (@Brandy Jensen)1534121868.0
Ultimately, whatever kind of can opener you have might determine the "right" way to use it. A Reddit user commented:
Eh, I think it depends on the opener. My current one only allows horizontal top opening. My old one only allowed vertical side opening. It was confusing.
Uh, I’ll open my cans with my can opener however I like, thank you very much.— natasha lyonne (@natasha lyonne)1534045595.0
For instance, this smooth-edged can opener is definitely meant to be horizontal:
@reauxgoldnkrys stop. IS THIS WHY I FELT LIKE MY CAN OPENER STOPPED WORKING BUT IT'S JUST BC I'VE BEEN USING IT WRONG THIS WHOLE TIME. stop.— earlyspark (@earlyspark)1534024636.0
So what's the objective right way to use a can opener? The answer still eludes humanity. There are still many years of research between now and the glorious day when we know for certain. Until then, enjoy your Campbell's soup whichever way seems easiest for you!