If you remember milk being delivered to your house in glass bottles, you'll be able to easily relate to this topic.
We've come a long way in packaging. If you're young, you might need to do a search on glass milk bottles so you can see how far the packaging people have come over the past 60 years or so.
I don't remember having a difficult time getting the top off that old glass bottle but I'm sure having a helluva time getting that plastic ring off the new one. My "grip and twist" isn't what it used to be. Hence - the fork. I like to think I'm the first person to come up with this brilliant idea but probably not. Let me live with that thought, though. Please.
Insert a fork tine between that pesky ring and the cap, apply a small amount of pressure and tilt the fork up and off it comes! Tada!
Now for the scissors. The biggest PIA is the cereal bag. Not the box - the bag inside. What the heck are they making that thing out of anyway? You used to be able to tear it or pull it apart but a research group somewhere came up with a material that makes it impossible to open without SCISSORS!
The same tool can be applied to the potato chip bags.
Whenever I encounter a bag, box or carton that requires a tool to open, I think of the elderly. How the heck are they dealing with this stuff? I guess I'll ask my mom this afternoon. Stay tuned for her answer.