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CHRISTMAS: HOW TO CHEAT AT PULLING CRACKERS

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Posted by abeodbart December 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

Ever wanted to make the perfect snowball, win the Christmas cracker novelty every time, and impress your festive guests by creating snowflakes indoors? Science correspondent Richard Gray asks the experts who can show you how…

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HOW TO WIN WHEN PULLING A CRACKER – WITHOUT FAIL
As demonstrated by the weapons experts at QinetiQ, the defence agency which, when they’re not developing technology for the MoD, like to experiment with Christmas table decorations.
* Hold your end lower than the other person’s, so the cracker tilts downwards towards you.
* To prevent the cracker tearing, use a firm, two-handed grip.
* Apply a slow, steady pull, rather than a swift tug, which will only compromise the integrity of your section of the cracker.
* Avoid twisting, as this will add stress to the cracker wrapping. For the same reason, avoid laughing too hard at Uncle Bob’s annual ‘joke’ about ‘pulling a cracker’.

Read more at The Telegraph (Thanks @ferkle)

COMMENTS
December 25, 2010 at 8:49 am
Jessica says:

Heh heh this will come in handy ;)


December 25, 2010 at 9:48 am
TurboCretin says:

I’ve always found just holding the cracker really loosely wins it for me. Just grip it hard enough to maintain purchase on it but don’t scrunch your end. Win every time.


December 25, 2010 at 10:34 am
Raymond says:

I was already wondering why on earth everybody was gripping their cracker with two hands and wiggle themselves down to he floor to hold their cracker lower than the other :D

Seemed like a mating ritual :D

I still tug at my xmas cracker firmly with one hand :P


December 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hah!
With this forbidden knowledge all the hats and trinkets shall be mine!
Deal with that kids,


December 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm
jameshogg says:

Bwahahhaahah!!
I will be vicTOOOOORIOUSSSS!!!


December 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Que Onda says:

I have no idea what cracker pulling is.


December 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm
Paul says:

lol, this would have come in handy about 1 hour ago.


December 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm
Hel says:

I think all there is a sutra somewhere, therin all the jokes lie.


December 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm
James says:

I actually tried this at Christmas dinner today. My sister and I trade crackers, and after telling her of these tips, we both tried it out.

First time, I tried it using my cracker. It failed and she won.
Next, she tried it with hers and I won.


December 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm
Dave says:

have people nothing better to discuss?

- NOPE! – Phillis


December 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm
Rachel says:

amazing, normally if i can do it without anyone seeing, i usually tear one end slightly then give that end to the person i offer a cracker to ;) hehehe…

i’m evil.


January 1, 2011 at 6:09 am
Jared says:

Happy new year from the states.


January 2, 2011 at 12:54 am
Jon says:

didn’t work!


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