Where Did I Put That Bottle Opener?

A container, typically made of glass or plastic or any impermeable material that comes in various shapes and sizes featuring a narrow neck, that is used for storing drinks or other liquids and on occasion it might hold a genie.  Glass has been used for thousands of years, historians believe the first glass bottles were made in 1500 BC in Mesopotamia!  The legend says that glass was discovered in Syria after natron merchants were shipwrecked on a sandy shore.  They used lumps of natron from the ship to prop up their pots to cook food.  When it combined with the sand in the fire, the merchants marveled as it created molten glass.  Natron is composed mostly of sodium carbonate decahydrate and sodium bicarbonate, with small amounts of sodium chloride and sodium sulfate.

The oldest unopened wine bottle in the world was found in Speyer, Germany, dating back 1,700 years!  America’s glass bottle and glass jar industry was born in the early 1600s, when settlers in Jamestown built the first glass melting furnace.  The invention of the automatic glass bottle blowing machine in 1880 industrialized the process of making bottles.  In 1892 in Baltimore, William Painter invented twisty tops, better known as bottle caps however they were technically called crown corks.   In 1904, Michael Owens a self taught American inventor invented the automatic bottle machine.  In 1973, Nathaniel Wyeth invented the plastic soda bottle.  Glass is one of the oldest containers, but it will never become obsolete.

In 1568, Dr Alexander Nowell accidentally invented bottled beer in Hertfordshire, England after he sealed some beer in a bottle that he took with him on a fishing trip.  I guess the fish were biting that day, because he forgot about the bottle that he left next to the river bank, and when he returned several days later, he discovered that it was carbonated.  Drinking beer straight from a bottle or a can essentially cuts off your sense of smell and this will change the way your beer tastes quite significantly, as compared that to that of drinking beer from a glass.  When you pour your beer straight down into the glass, this will activate the carbonation and create a foamy head.  Now I will leave you with some music.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Bottle and for September Writing Prompts – Twisty tops.

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