Can opener

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Last seen on: LA Times Crossword 20 Jul 2018, Friday

Random information on the term “Can opener”:

“Assume a can opener” is a catchphrase used to mock economists and other theorists who base their conclusions on impractical or unlikely assumptions. The phrase “takes aim at how economists use assumptions to simplify—and sometimes oversimplify—the problems they face”.[1] It may be used to express the writer’s disdain for “the propensity of modern economic theory for unjustified and oversimplified assumptions.”[2]

It derives from a joke which dates to at least 1970 and possibly originated with British economists.[3] The first book mentioning it is likely Economics as a Science (1970) by Kenneth E. Boulding:[4]


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There is a story that has been going around about a physicist, a chemist, and an economist who were stranded on a desert island with no implements and a can of food. The physicist and the chemist each devised an ingenious mechanism for getting the can open; the economist merely said, “Assume we have a can opener”!

The phrase was popularized in a 1981 book and has become sufficiently well known that many writers on economic topics use it as a catchphrase without further explanation.[5][6]

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Random information on the term “TAB”:

TAB (Romanian: Transportor Amfibiu Blindat, translated Amphibious Armoured Personnel Carrier) is the Romanian military designation of armoured personnel carriers. The TAB APCs were based on the Russian BTR series until the early 1990s, with several improvements, including better diesel engines. After 1990, new TAB designs have been developed, such as the RN-94 and the Saur series, but none of these designs entered mass production.

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