120 years ago today, the patent for bottle caps was approved (U.S. Patent 468,258). This might not seem so significant, but if you take a moment out of your groundhogs day to ponder how much this device is actually used, pehaps you'll gain a new found appreciation for the infamous bottle topper.
Here are a few links you can use to read more on the subject:
While discussing the topic of bottle caps with a co-worker, the subject of pattents and how they have changed over the years came up. He suggested a book to me which seems like it would be a pretty good read: Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. Have a gander it may change your view on modern patents and copyright law. It's pretty relevant right now, especially with all that is happening with SOPA and PIPA.
While we are on the topic of bottle caps! I wanted to mention two great places to get custom bottle caps made for your home brew projects or special events. Both of them do great work, and I highly recommend them.
Well, that pretty much wraps up this blog post.
May the rest of your day be enjoyable.
I hope you get a few laughs tonight while you watch Bill Murray.
Oh, and don't forget to thank William Painter (the inventor) for keeping the drink in that bottle for you, and for keeping it carbonated.