If you’re terrible at small talk, it might be best to have a party trick to whip out the next time you’re forced to interact with other people. It’s really a win-win: you don’t have to talk to strangers, and people will still think that you’re cool. YouTuber DaveHax is here to help you out with those crazy situations where you don’t have a corkscrew, but somehow have access to a blow torch.
The science behind this hack is fairly simple: by evenly distributing the heat from the blowtorch to the bottle neck, the temperature will rise, the air inside will expand, and the cork will be expelled (hopefully into the face of that guy who keeps talking about how he crushed it on the golf course yesterday). There are a few drawbacks, though. For instance, it definitely takes longer than using a lowly corkscrew, and you have to wait a bit after the stunt to allow the bottle neck to cool down, so it doesn’t affect the wine within. You also have to deal with a bit of residue left behind by the heated cork.
Still, if you’re looking for some flash for your next party, this is a pretty easy way to go. Consider it the stepping stone from the conventional approach to opening your champagne bottles with a saber.