The popener, a bottle opener with the image of the Pope on it, has been designated a Top Tacky Treasure. This is an honor that I don’t bestow lightly; the object must achieve a higher level of irony then the average tacky treasure. As I said in my original post about the popener, “It is the perfect blend of a figure of eminence with a mundane item of everyday utility.” When I first heard of the popener, it was not easy to acquire. I had to ask a friend visiting to Rome to bring one back for me. It featured the image of Pope John Paul II. After that, I created a saved search on eBay, in case one ever came up on auction. Immediately after John Paul II’s death in 2005, one or two came up on auction, but they were exactly like the one I already had. A few months later, I saw a listing for a popener that featured both John Paul II and his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, and I promptly acquired it.
Recently, eBay sent me a notification of another popener featuring John Paul II. I like it even better than my first one. It’s got a handy magnet on the back so that I can keep it on my refrigerator, where I’m most likely to need it. It also looks like it’s made of much better quality metal than the first one I got, which broke in half the second time I used it to open a beer (a bottle of Pete’s Wicked Ale).