Man opens beer bottle with one sheet of A4 paper

Technically Incorrect: Can this be done? Is it for real? Please take a look and decide whether folding an apparently ordinary piece of paper solves an eternal problem.

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

He claims he opened that bottle with that folded up piece of paper. Rhys Morgan/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I grew up in a place where beer bottles didn't twist off too often.

If you didn't have a bottle opener handy, you might resort to using a window ledge. Or even your teeth.

Now a video has emerged that purports to show a man opening a beer bottle with just one piece of A4 paper. This seems to be weird science at its finest.

He takes the paper. He folds it many times. It takes on a V shape. Then he appears to wedge it beneath the cap like a bottle opener. The cap comes off.

This might just be camera trickeration. Or it might be simple science finally dedicating itself to a worthy cause.

In the notes to the video, Rhys Morgan explains: "Some people are pointing out that the paper looks thicker than standard paper. It's just high GSM paper printer that I happen to have at home. This trick still works fine with thinner paper, all the way down to kitchen towel."

Since being posted last week, the video has bathed in more than 1.3 million YouTube views. So it's clearly capturing imaginations and showing a marvelous new way to recycle paper.

It seems that this method of using paper to bring access to a little liquid nectar may have been around for a while. Here's a video from 2006.

But I feel sure that the scientists and drinkers who populate these pages and add to their color and sagacity will now declare whether this is nonsense or whether this is pure ingenuity.

I await their frost-brewed, cold-filtered verdict.