We all know this tool № 1 of any sommelier: a corkscrew.
It is a tool used for drawing corks from wine or beer bottles.
But did you know that: - Its ancestor is the gun worm. - The corkscrew does not appear until the first half of the seventeenth century. It was the English who invented it. - The first patent for the corkscrew is granted to Samuel Henshall in 1795. - Today, there are very different corkscrews, including those that run on gas. - Among all the corkscrews that exist, there is one that is nicknamed "De Gaulle", in reference to the great French man. This is a corkscrew shaped like a man with two arms on the sides rising when you push the rod into the cork. It is thanks to this particular position of the general that this type of corkscrew got its name (in reference to his famous "I understood you" pronounced June 4, 1958, in Algeria, and also to his "Vive le Free Quebec" dating 1967). - Ion Chirescu from Bucharest (Romania) has gathered more than 28,000 corkscrews, confirmed by the Guiness World Record in 2015, and his collection continues to grow.
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