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Offline science_guy

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below the "famous people" forum, it asks the question "who invented the can opener"

this is misleading, because I havn't seen a single thread on that topic.

needless to say, this has made me infinitely curious: who DID invent the can-opener?
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« Reply #1 on: 23/04/2008 16:25:33 »
Presumably, the same guy who invented the can - there is very little point in an unopenable can, and little point in a can-opener without there being a can to open.

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« Reply #2 on: 24/04/2008 03:47:54 »
well that certainly does two things:

1)it answers my question
2)it raises a second one: who invented the can?
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« Reply #3 on: 24/04/2008 11:01:22 »
William Lyman invented the can opener in about 1870. Not sure about the can though.
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« Reply #4 on: 24/04/2008 23:32:13 »
I believe cans were invented earlier than can openers since they can in practice be opened with a knife. This is just about possible even with modern cans and as I understand it the early cans were softer (and more poisonous..).