A few days ago I did a blog on childhood memories, Swamp Dog made a comment about pull top cans, even though they are not that old it did remind me of a experience I had with them a few years back. We are all used to the pop top as seen here to the right.
In late 2003 my unit was sent to Iraq. I had 17 years military experience under my belt so many troops were younger than myself. I remember early on going into a chow hall and getting a can of Coke, the top looked like the one seen here to the right. Being used to seeing them in the past I thought nothing of it. This is the way all our cans were before some bureaucrat decided we weren't smart enough to not swallow them or stick our tongues in the can and get cut and bleed to death. Anyway these Cokes were from Saudi Arabia (I guess we don't care if they hurt themselves so Coke sold all the old canning equipment to them)
As I sat down at the table a young Marine about 19 years old sat across from me. I watched him look at the can, not sure how it worked. He took his thumb and pushed on the little rivet while trying lifting the ring like the new style can. It suddenly struck me he was not old enough to have seen these. I reached for mine and pulled the tab and ripped it right off he followed suit and was fascinated by it.
Made me feel old.......and I'm not that old.