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How to open packaged scissors with no scissors

Works for me.

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  • Terry November 14, 2020, 5:41 PM

    The boy will be seen as a genius by his contemporaries.

  • Mike Anderson November 14, 2020, 7:15 PM

    What a spaz. Anyone who’s ever opened a baggie of wood screws knows to put the pointy end of the contents hard against the packaging and give it a shove. No grunting, flailing about, ridiculous face-making required. All the best methods (and theories) can be generalized.

    Mas sabe el diablo por viejo, que por diablo.

  • ghostsniper November 15, 2020, 4:33 AM

    Good way to slice the hell out of your hand. I keep a knife close at hand for opening almost anything. BTW, if you buy hardware in a baggy you’re not forward thinking. I always get at least a box of 100. Yes, my on-hand hardware cabinet is extensive – and frequently comes in handy.

  • Mike Anderson November 15, 2020, 6:49 AM

    @ghostsniper: Amen to buying hardware–especially nails and screws–in bulk. It’s those oddball little extra packages that get included with everything from vent covers to picture frames that drive me nuts. Best I use them up instead of collecting (more) baggies of miscellaneous fasteners. A couple years back I built a set of workshop shelf modules “Dad style,” from repurposed wood and pegboard, fastened with every odd-sized woodscrew in my collection. (My late father was famously cheap about hardware; it was a sort of homage.)

  • BillH November 15, 2020, 6:55 AM

    Yeah ghost, me too. Only problem is, a lot of stuff I bought 30 or 40 years ago is long since out of sight and out of mind. I’m continually buying something I need for a project, then within a month or two come across the exact same thing while rummaging around for something else in the upstairs of my garage. This occasionally includes a pretty pricey part or tool.

  • Sam L. November 15, 2020, 6:57 AM

    Knivvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvessssss; sharrrrrp, shiny, pointttttttttty….

  • Rob De Witt November 15, 2020, 9:11 AM

    Forty-five years ago I moved into a Victorian in Noe Valley with my girlfriend. In those days people just left all kinds of stuff behind, furniture, kitchenware, tools, you name it.

    That place on 23rd included a pair of Wiss heavy-duty shears/snips that will open anything I’ve run across since, most recently bubble-wrap antibiotics. I threw ’em in the junk drawer and they’ve never been lost.

  • James ONeil November 15, 2020, 10:27 AM

    I suspect that over the last 60 years there might have been 3 or maybe even 5 days when I didn’t have a knife in my pocket. Works fine opening blister packs, hogs, moose and even durian fruit, -but remember, always open durian fruit outside the house, never inside.

  • MIKE GUENTHER November 15, 2020, 12:54 PM


    Been there. That’s why I have unopened hardware from 20 or 30 years ago, almost a dozen coping saws, half a dozen framing squares and a couple of extra hammer drills. Stuff gets thrown into boxes or buckets, never to be seen again until after you buy a replacement for it.

    @James O’Neal;

    I’ve heard cutting up durian fruit is akin to cutting up an apple that’s been stuck up a Skunk’s ass.

  • James November 15, 2020, 8:24 PM

    My main beef with wrapping is toilet paper. Over and over while on the loo and need paper with a brand new package within reach. Thinking I’ll poke my finger real hard into the cylinder cardboard to puncture the plastic but instead almost break my finger because there is so much plastic. Then after I get a tear in the plastic, trying to get the f’ing roll out throw the tear, I’m sweating and cussing. Finally rip the roll out through a little slit in the plastic I made and the cardboard tube is smashed. Good times.

  • Nori November 15, 2020, 9:46 PM

    Amusing video. Have tried once or thrice to rip asunder various ridged plastic clamshell packinging with bare hands.
    The plastic is just sharp enough to make a ragged,painful cut,that heals slowly.

    Use your good,sharp pocket knife.

  • ghostsniper November 16, 2020, 4:20 AM

    In re-looking at that vid, if that nitwits hand had slipped while yanking one side toward himself he’d have thrust that scissor right into his dumpy mug. That would leave a mark. But yeah, pulling backwards on the end where the scissor tip was would cause the tip to break through the plastic. All in all, there is no excuse, except laziness and ignorance, for not having a knife at hand. And, everyone knows 2 is 1 and 1 is none, so another scissor would have made quick dispatch of that murderous plastic. Whomever invented that packaging system should be brought up on charges.

  • RebeccaH November 16, 2020, 8:11 AM

    Tin snips, people.

  • Bruce Wayne November 16, 2020, 11:50 AM

    He got lucky that the scissors didnt break and cause massive blood loss. Dont do this at home.