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January 9, 2004 03:18 AM

Broken: Milk jug

 Bob Sifniades writes:

This Wawa half-gallon (1.89 liter) milk container has instructions to "grasp here," but it's practically impossible. The idea is to grasp by pressing your thumb on the ridges on one side, with your fingers on the matching ridges on the opposite side. But the ridges are too small and smooth, the plastic is too slippery, the container is too heavy, and it curves inwards, so your fingers slip, and the container never leaves the table. I suppose it would work if you wore non-slip gloves, or the container were mostly empty. Instead, I picked it up by grabbing it around the neck, under the bulging section.


The way you picked it up is the way it's telling you to. You may have noticed that the ridged section just below the "Grasp Here" text is where your palm fit when you did. It would help to be smarter that the bottle.

Posted by: Chris S. at February 20, 2004 04:04 PM

Another note: the nifty ridge area is useful when pouring from said container. Most beverages sold in these containers are iced teas and juices which tend to be left out of the fridge longer, resulting in sweaty, slippery plastic bottles. When pouring, one ridge area fits into the palm of the hand supporting from below, while the other ridge area is convenient for holding from top.

Posted by: Jeni at May 13, 2004 12:06 AM

The funny thing here is that you actually read the instructions for how to open the bottle, then, tried to follow those instructions to get at the tasty, natural liquid inside! The 1.89liter bottle is about half the size of the gallon-sized milk bottle, and those are a bit heavier. I use a vice-grip on those because of the same problem. You should have suggested they use a cork system, like they do in the wine-business, and then you can use your corkscrew to open the milk jug. Nothing to grasp that way...

Posted by: Rich Gottesman at January 3, 2005 09:54 AM

welp - the wine business is heading the way of screw-off caps - mark my word.

But since we're on the subject of jugs - if we can litter our entire outer space with so much junk it should eventually block any sight of the rest of the universe why can't we make a plastic gallon milk jug that doesn't dribble down itself when pouring until enough is gone to have a more aggresive angle to pour from?

Posted by: imnotright at May 3, 2005 06:49 PM

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