Every few decades or so, a discovery is made that genuinely upends the entirety of human existence. In the 1990s, it was the internet. In the noughties, it was the invention of the iPhone. Now, at the start of the 2020s, we have something slightly less technologically advanced, but equally game-changing. Say goodbye to stale cornflakes and flappy cardboard, for an unsung genius has finally discovered the proper way to close a cereal box.
Revealed in a series of Facebook posts by Blackpool local Becky Holden McGhee, the revelation promises to transform the way store cupboards look forever. Instead of settling for the traditional ill-fitting folding approach, McGhee’s method involves transforming the top of the box into a sort of interlocking pyramid. Once seen, it’s impossible to think about cereal in any other way.
Essentially, the technique involves folding three of the opened flaps at the top of the box back into the centre, before squeezing the two long sides together. The fourth and final flap can then be folded down to seal the box and complete the breakfast origami. Like all great ideas, it is deceptively simple.
In order to help eager cereal lovers get to grips with the technique, McGhee shared photos and a video of the method to her Facebook page, accompanied by the caption:
“Had to share this!!! It's only taken me 40 years, but I now know the correct way to close a cereal box. Genius. It takes seconds, no more dried up cereal and ugly torn boxes to greet me every morning
**I've now added a little video on how to do it. Happy folding! You know I want to see pics!**”
Despite only being posted on Sunday, the new technique has already had a massive impact. McGhee’s pictures have been shared over 100,000 times on Facebook alone, with thousands of commenters enthusiastically expressing their excitement.
It all goes to show that, even if you don’t have a degree in engineering or an advanced understanding of nuclear physics, you can still contribute something incredibly valuable to the whole of humanity.