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So Simple Yet So Elegant

The Curmudgeon’s general rule is that if you think you have a fever and you have no trouble shaking down an old-fashioned mercury thermometer to well below 98.6 degrees and putting it into your mouth (and if that’s not where you’re putting it, well, we’ll keep that between us), you probably don’t have a fever.

If, on the other hand, it seems like no matter how hard you shake and no matter how many times you shake it still doesn’t go down far enough, you’re probably pretty sick.

Likewise, when you go to the doctor and she prescribes some medicine for whatever ails you and either transmits your prescription electronically or gives you a piece of paper to drop off at the drug store, you’re always too distracted from feeling sick to remember to tell the pharmacy not to give you those infernal child-proof caps – or, as The Curmudgeon thinks of them, adult-proof caps.

How many times have you found yourself cursing that oversight at three in the morning while trying to open the Phenergan so you can stop coughing and get a little sleep?

Now, modern engineering has come up with a solution to the problem – a solution so simple, so elegant, that either it’s amazing that it hasn’t been around forever or The Curmudgeon has been getting his prescriptions filled at all the wrong places.



The cap is reversible.  Put it on wide side on the bottom and it’s a child-proof (and adult-proof) cap.  Put it on wide side on the top and it’s the plain screw-on cap of your youth, back in the days when no one paid any attention to whether the kids got into the medicine.