Shoe As Corkscrew: Pat’s How-To Video
Written by Pats Papers | Wednesday, 14 July 2010 1:32 PM
Two days ago I posted a quirky French video clip showing a technique to pop the cork from a bottle of wine when you’re caught without a corkscrew. It looked fun so I posted it. But I didn’t try it myself until today.
The concept, as explained in the French clip, is simple. You place the bottle of wine in a shoe to cushion it, then bump it against a wall to use the pressure inside the bottle to nudge the cork loose.
I went down the street to buy two of the cheapest bottles I could find with corks. At $9,99 they both turned out to have plastic corks. I bought white to avoid a laundry bill if there was a mishap.
The result: the French guy is legit. It works. But it’s not easy. I’ve prepared my own how-to video. Watch me as I damage my wall and my shoe in the name of science:
My thanks to the Village Voice for honoring me as New York’s “Best TV News Anchor”
Tickets are on sale now for my final trivia event of the year at Bell House.
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