Open a Beer With a Sheet of Paper

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Introduction: Open a Beer With a Sheet of Paper

About: I enjoy the outdoors but I wouldn't call myself an outdoor expert. I do risk management for a living so I tend to think worst case scenario in most cases. It makes me a lot of fun at parties .

If you have a beer and a sheet of paper, there is no reason to be thirsty.

Of course it's always easier to just use the bottle opener on the bar (yes there is a vise on my bar top, which is actually an old work bench made in the 50's by the home's original owners).

This is really more of a party trick... But there are plenty of other things you can do with a sheet of paper. This is a good demonstration of the strength of paper with just a few folds.

I'm certainly not the first one to do it. I saw someone do it over 20 years ago and I am sure plenty have done it since.

(also... Yes I have a flask that holds a half gallon. I found it at Goodwill)

Step 1: Fold the Paper in Half

You want crisp folds. There is more strength. Also, you'll want to end up with a lever with the folded end up. So plan accordingly.

Step 2: Important

Make sure the fold is up... Otherwise it will just crush.

Step 3: First Try

Hold the bottle tight. I like to place my "lever" on my thumb so I can put upward pressure on it.

You can see that in the paper vs. steel contest the paper holds its own.

Step 4: Success!

Second time was the charm.

These are stills from the video. You can see the bottle cap flying off.

I suppose I should add another step and say drink... But I assume you have figured that out.

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    Which one?
    Either way... Congrats!

    Or you could just write: "please open this bottle for me!" and hand the paper and bottle to the guy with the bottle opener...

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    What fun would that be??

    Thank you!

    This works great in college. I used to tell people I could open a beer with a dollar bill. Fold it and wow the inebriated masses.

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    I never tried it with a dollar. But as often as I have seen it done, every time I have ever done it, it was always original to the people there.

    Well you could roll it up really tight and poke someone in the eye.

    Also... Maybe you should have a beer.

    love it! Knew how you did it when I saw the title. I have opened them with everything, but never thought about this! Thank you!

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    Haha. Yep. Not much would keep me out of that bottle. I mainly did the Instructable to enter the paper contest.
    I searched for the topic on here and didn't see it, and opening beer is something I feel like an expert at. :)

    Thanks for the comment!