Worst product design EVER!

OK, not the worst ever, but the one which is currently annoying me: screw-top beer bottles. You know the ones, which look like traditional crown caps but actually screw off.

You can see why someone thought they were a good innovation; they look the same (which is important, because what kind of girlie-man drinks beer from bottles with the same type of closure as a bottle of coke?) while being more convenient: no need for a bottle-opener. But ‘looks like a crown cap’ translates as ‘authentic serrated metal edge’. They’re like little blunt circular saws. If a piece of packaging is painful to open, there’s something wrong with it. Come on people, this isn’t fucking rocket science. I’m looking at you, Fentiman’s Ginger Beer.


  1. 18 January 2007 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    Worse yet, homebrewers can’t re-use them. And you can’t impress chicks by opening them with your teeth.

  2. Harry
    18 January 2007 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Mm, homebrew. I did that for a bit at university. It was fun, though the result wouldn’t have won any prizes.

    Having once split a door jamb while trying to use it to open a beer bottle, I’m not anxious to do the same to my teeth. But then I am pretty clearly a girlie-man.

  3. 18 January 2007 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I knew a guy once who could open a bottle of beer with his eye socket: He’d just stick the cap under his eyebrow, look fierce, turn, and off it would pop. I guess that probably secured his masculine identity in perpetuity.

    I can open a bottle of beer with a lighter, but that’s the best I can do.

    — shadygrove
    girlie girls prefer girlie men anyway

  4. Harry
    19 January 2007 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    “I knew a guy once who could open a bottle of beer with his eye socket”


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