Every so often a hack comes along that’s so efficient, so effective, so beautifully simplistic that it changes the very paradigm of the medium in which it’s hacking.
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Enter: the garlic shiv.
In a video posted to Twitter over the weekend, Toronto-based game designer Valentina Lord shared her favorite trick for quickly and cleanly peeling garlic. It involves stabbing the allium with a sharp utensil resembling a box-cutter and simply pulling the clove from its casing. No smashing, no fighting with pesky skins.
“As someone who makes a lot of Korean food, this is the best method for getting garlic peeled!” wrote Lord from her Twitter account @VPestilenZ.
In less than 24 hours, the clip has collected more than 148,000 “likes” and garnered plenty of attention on the social media platform. Even celebs are stunned.
“WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT,” tweeted model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen.
However, when a few dubious hackers put the trick to the test, they came up short.
“We have tried it in our office and it DOES NOT WORK,” said author Rebecca Reid in a reply to Teigen’s post.
In a Twitter response to Lord’s viral video, computer scientist Dr. Jen Golbeck wrote, “Man, I just went through a head of garlic working on my technique and just ended up with a bunch of broken cloves.” She followed up the response with a video of her garlicky massacre:
Clearly, there’s a technique to this method that Lord is not letting on. Perhaps stabbing from the bottom of the clove gave the original hacker more leverage. Or maybe it’s the — what looks to be homemade — shiv that gives Lord the edge. Either way, proceed with caution: We don’t want this trend to turn into another “avocado hands” epidemic.