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Jim here with another Weird Wednesday.

Recently, at the store, I came across a little plastic tool, priced at $1.49. It was an orange peeler. I'd never heard of such a thing. As someone who eats about 20 oranges/week, I was intrigued. Do you mean to tell me, I thought, that my days of laboriously de-skinning oranges would disappear (those trips to the company bathroom to remove the orange pulp from my fingernails!)?

Well, my friends, I'm here to tell you that it's true!? A buck-fifty is all that stands between frustration and enjoyment. Don't be lured into ridiculous contraptions for sale in the world. Here's an example:

Puh-lease! Seriously, who'd buy something like that? It would take 20 minutes just to set the thing up in your kitchen. This is a good example of over-thinking a problem, right?

?I can't find a picture of the one I bought. It looks sort of like a dental tool of some kind. It's got a small plastic nib for scoring the skin, and then a long, curved plastic arm for sliding under the skin. Basically, you just slide the arm under the skin and rotate it around. Repeat for the bottom half and you're done. Within about 30 seconds, you've got a perfectly peeled orange!

Here's a similar device, from Amazon:

Mine doesn't have the weird stuff at the bottom, but I suspect that is just that model's way of initially scoring the skin. Anyway, I bought two -- a total investment of $3, and I'm covered for all of my citrus indulgences.

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On March 19, 2008, Melissa wrote:

I love my orange peeler! It's the most wonderous thing. :) Although, the orange tends to spray me with a fine mist when using it!

My great grandma introduced them to me!