Thursday, December 31, 2015

Today's lesson: How to open champagne

Happy New Year!
Ever heard the expression, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye?"

Writing in, Dan Kelly says getting hit in the eye with a champagne cork is not a joke.

This could happen tonight, New Year's Eve--but of course, my readers are such party animals, it could happen anytime, so listen up.

The National Institutes of Health in DC said of more than 12,000 traumatic eye injuries, 20 percent are caused by champagne corks.

The carbonation in a 750-ml bottle is six times greater than pressure in a car tire.

The cork can fly at 55 miles per hour.

A direct hit can cause a scratched cornea (owie!), or even a detached retina or early onset glaucoma.

You could even get a traumatic cataract.

If struck, the eyeball changes in shape, rearranging all the vital parts.

OK. OK--I am quitting drinking!

How to do it without mishap:

--Chill the champagne to 45 degrees or less. Warmer and the corks may pop unexpectedly.

--Hold the cork down while unwrapping the wire cage.

--Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle away from you or the guests.

--Place a towel over the top of the bottle and pull the cork slowly.

--Don't shake the bottle...well, you probably knew this.

If you do get hit in the eye, go to the ER or urgent care.

I lost sight in one eye from a badly repaired detached retina. It's nothing to celebrate, believe me.

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