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Better Six-Packs

I mean, c'mon, it's the year 2000, man.
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Has the 12 ounce drink can seen any technological innovation in the last 10 years? Okay, wider mouths, taller cans, keg-shapes, etc. Not good enough. We need a new design that will help with the following areas:

I should be able to remove such a can from its six-pack with one hand after there are less than four cans remaining. Currently, this is hard to do, especially if the cans are situated in a crowded refrigerator.

I should not have to screw around with the plastic loop thingies, the only piece of waste, aside from mylar balloons, that really chaps this non-environmentalist's ass.

I should be able to replace empties or non-empties into their original six-packian configuration.

I envision some sort of folds in the skin of the can that will allow it to snap together with its brethren, yet slide apart easily. How you might transport such a collection is another question.

Or, we could abolish the six-pack all together, in favor of 12 pack cardboard boxes and larger.

centauri, Sep 06 2000

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       In Canada, at least, we've had six-packs of bottles for quite a while now. The cardboard boxes eliminate almost all of the problems described above. I love the snap-together can idea, though, as cans still cool down a lot faster than bottles and as a result are still quite useful.
BigThor, Sep 06 2000
  

       Two other major advantages to cans are their stackability, and their tendancy to dent, rather than crack.
centauri, Sep 06 2000
  

       Possibly add a handle (I've never worked out a way to easily carry those damn plastic thingies)
chud, Oct 26 2000
  

       No reason not to use cardboard things for six packs...Coors <Canoe beer. Bleah> has done this for a long time, and Guinness <Yay!> comes in four and eight packs like this.
StarChaser, Oct 26 2000
  

       I don't see what the problem is. Just do what I do: open all six cans at once, leaving them in the plastic holder, guzzle conehead style, repeat as needed.
mrthingy, Oct 27 2000
  

       That's called 'quaffing'. Just like drinking, but you spill more.   

       Cans used to be made of steel, but it was cheaper to make them out of aluminum; you can also recycle aluminum easier.
StarChaser, Oct 28 2000
  

       The single best improvement for six-packs is to make them a seven-pack at the six-pack price, yes?
bristolz, Oct 29 2000
  

       There's just something about canned beer that, I don't know, I feel like I'm drinking Old Milwaukee or something. Bottles seem cooler. You guys aren't drinking Pabst or something, are you?
Vance, Jan 30 2001
  

       We're drinking pretty much anything we can get our hands on.
mrthingy, Jan 12 2002
  

       I was hoping this would improve the contents of whatever we can get our hands on.
thumbwax, Jan 12 2002
  

       // In Canada, at least, we've had six-packs of bottles for quite a while now. The cardboard boxes eliminate almost all of the problems described above. //   

       same for the u.s. but how about six packs of cans in similar cardboard carriers? or a box half the size of one used for a 12-pack?
superman9k, Dec 16 2003
  

       Wow - 14 years ago and now a *six-pack* is a sexy man's abdomen!
xandram, Oct 03 2014
  

       Not mine it aint.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 03 2014
  

       Sure it is - yours is just made out of liter bottles.
normzone, Oct 03 2014
  

       "small keg".
FlyingToaster, Oct 03 2014
  
      
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