Monday, May 18, 2009

What Else Have I Missed?



You can live your whole life just about and miss out on something so important, so life changing, so incredibly profound, that it rattles you to the very core when it reveals itself.

I mean there I was innocently going along for years with the vagaries of plastic wrap, aluminum foil and wax paper in those boxes. You know the ones where you could successfully slice your wrist open on the toothy cutting edge if you so desired and gently fall down in a pool of your own blood only to be discovered days later.....

But enough of that. I often succeed in cutting a finger, all par for the course to get that perfect length of wrap out and severed smartly (as if this ever happened!) on the afore mentioned sawtooth edge.

Of course it's rarely perfect as the bloody roll always manages to wriggle out of the box and land on the floor or leaps off in a quick jog to the other end of the room. I invariable sigh, get the scissors, manually unwind the roll and cut off the piece I need.

I've been doing this since God was a paper boy.

And then, today, I'm doing my bit with the saran wrap, the usual struggle, box collapses, the plastic film roll pops out and on to the counter and lo and behold, I say LO AND BEHOLD, as I'm painfully inserting it back in again, on high alert for the suicide sawtooth edge, I note these little TABS on the sides of the box. TABS. That you like, push in. To secure the roll in place. So you can tug and cut. Without fear of a mental breakdown or chasing the roll all over the house.

How come I never knew this? How come no one every showed me?

OK. Now you all tell me you've ALWAYS known about this. Go on. I double dare you.

18 comments:

  1. I never use the cutting edge as it never seems to cut properly. I always use scissors. I also use scissors for most things that are supposed to be easy-to-open, ha ha. And yeah, I know all about tabs.

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  2. I discovered those tabs about a year ago, alas they are not on all our products this side of the pond YET!

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  3. Nick:
    Oh yes, a scissors man and knowing about Da Tabs. I'm not surprised, now why is that?
    XO
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  4. GM:
    Were you late at the party like me then? ;^)
    XO
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  5. I've never seen those tabs. But then I take the roll out of the box and put the box in the recycling - I've had too many nasty cuts from it (even just opening the box - why is it right on the lip that you slide your finger under to open...) to use anything other than scissors!

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  6. Oh! I hate that stuff! The husband regularly chides me for making a mess of the roll. I never, ever used it in the UK, preferring aluminium foil, it's much easier to deal with.
    I won't investigate those tabs, WWW. I'll continue to make a mess of the roll to wear him down - part of my lobbying for tinfoil (makes a good hat too)
    ;-)

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  7. I struggle something awful with the cling wrap and I never knew about those tabs. I doubt it will help me much as that stuff always clings to itself and never to the things I want it to cling to. I think the whole thing is a farce. The next time I go to the store, I'm going to buy the most expensive cling wrap there is and see if it makes any difference. But I never knew about those tabs and I don't believe Jim.

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  8. GW - Oh, I always notice little details like that, I'm a detail freak.

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  9. Jo:
    Oh thank you, I'm not alone!
    My sister in law had the most gorgeous wooden holder on her wall that her father made her that held all her supplies and a safety cutter at the bottom. I had serious roll envy.
    XO
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  10. T:
    But don't you want to look in the fridge and see what you have? ;^)
    Tinfoil is more destructive to the environment too though with oil going through the roof we'll be like our parents with little plates on top of the bowls of leftovers. Come to think of it a good idea...
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  11. Irene:
    Thanks for the validation. I used the box with the tabs pressed in today and boy what a difference, I recommend, the tabs are also on the foil and wax paper boxes. Life is looking up!
    XO
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  12. Anne:
    Thank you so much! Consider this a gift!!!!
    XO
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  13. this is news to me. i am going to go check right now.

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  14. *pleased as punched*
    Oh it's good not to be alone!
    XO
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  15. Tabs? Really?! Now I have to run downstairs and check on my slicy boxes!

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