Wednesday, January 18, 2017


     THURSDAY, JANUARY 19TH., 2017
                         CAN DO!

        Today we note "National Tin Can Day."
   The tin can is one of the greatest inventions
   in history. It revolutionized the storage of
   perishable foods. 
         But for those of us who grew up in the
   1950's it was much more than a container
   for beans and Chicken Noodle Soup.
          Long before kids ever heard of games
    like soccer we were out in the streets and
    neighborhoods playing Kick The Can! Had
    we continued it might well have become an
    Olympic sport!
           And way before Smartphones showed
    up we could communicate with friends using
    two tin cans and one string pulled tight
    between two places.
            When I researched the history of tin
     cans I was a bit surprised to discover they
     were early 1800's. What's more surprising,
     at least to me, is the fact that the Can
     Opener wasn't invented until 1858!
            Kind of reminds me of the time a
     couple of my friends and I took a hike
     and brought a can of soup, but no can
     opener, along for lunch! As I recall we
     used a knife to punch open the top so we
     wouldn't starve on the trail.
             So celebrate as you will, perhaps with
      a can of your favorite fruit. Hope you have
      an opener and that all your NEWS is good!

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