Friday, August 26, 2011

the magic string on a bag of rice

i aint even joking when i say there is a magic string on a bag of rice. lotsa yall know this already, but all bags of rice are stitched shut with this string thing - there's like three strings altogether - and if you find the magic string (the others are false leads like dead ends in a maze) and if you pull that one string, the whole bag will just open up and then you can get your rice out the bag. i was camping a bit ago and nobody could figure it out... one guy insisted that he'd seen is moms do it before, but when it got down to it, we had to use a knife to cut the strings. people were getting hungry for their rice so we couldn't wait there forever while he tried to find the magic string! and here is a picture of him trying to do just that:

well, i figured everything is on youtube, so i thought that when i get back i gotta get on the youtube and see if somebody got something to tell me how to do this... and here's what i found -- bag is from thailand, but not the teacher!

well, it takes him so long on that second string (and i had no idea what he was even doing cause i couldn't see nothing) that i kept yelling at him through my computer screen: "open it with a knife already!!!" that video wasn't much helpful, so i looked some more and found this one. thai rice with a thai teacher, (woo hoo! i can understand!) and only 1 minute open time...

he even does a "beup!" sound effect when he makes the
scissor cut. i like this one a lot. but seriously, can anybody post something in english?

i feel like this is a long time coming. i need to be able to do this. problem is, i just opened my rice (jasmine and sticky), so it may be a while before i get through all 25 lbs so i can practice. (unless somebody out there just bought a bag and needs it opened...)


EB said...

I didnt know there was so much science/magic behind opening a bag of rice.

Katie said...

That "beup" sound effect was adorable. I'm going to start saying that as much as possible.

RaspberryT said...

I was looking for a video on how to open rice bags as well. Came across the 1st video you posted here from YouTube too. Couldn't understand one word he said. Was also upset at the guy for not being able to open the bag quickly enough. I thought it was a tutorial to help open rice bag quickly. He didn't do that. I would've been done by the time he finished untying the second string with my scissors! I watched the second video. I still don't understand one word, but Thai guy did open the bag quickly and correctly. Looks to me like you have to cut the string at the "right spot" to pull the "magic string" to open rice bag. I still need to hear what he said so I know exactly where the "magic spot" is. Thanks for posting.