HomeOdd NewsWhat Came First – The Can Opener or The Can? What Came First – The Can Opener or The Can? Kim Priestap August 15, 2006 Odd News 1 Comment Check out the 25 Most Important Questions in the History of the Universe. Hat tip: The Corner Israel to UN and Lebanon: War Resumes if Hezbollah not Disarmed Kossacks Weigh in on Mike Wallace's Interview Related Posts Adventures in the surreal estate trade Survivor Found 1 Month After Tsunami All Wrapped Up About The Author Kim Priestap Wife. Mom. First and Second Amendment enthusiast. Gun owner. I train often. ***** He can't even run his own life, I'll be damned if he'll run mine. One Response ed August 15, 2006 Hmmm. Depends on your definition of “can” and “can opener”. If you’re talking about a device to open cans, then the can opener came first. A rock. Just ask any camper who forgot his/her can opener.