Monday, May 26, 2008

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Lots of inventions, discoveries or marketable items have been the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they haven’t lasted as long. Nor have that many been as good as touted.

Which leaves one to wonder: What did people say before sliced bread was invented?

“This is the greatest thing since the railroad was invented”? Or maybe: “This is the greatest thing since the wheel”? Maybe: “This is the greatest thing since we learned to walk upright.”

Without sliced bread, the toaster industry would never have flourished or, indeed, even come into existence. Sandwiches would have been two unequal slabs of bread, thus leading to selfish children complaining that the other has the bigger piece.

How many people are employed today, supporting their families, all because sliced bread allows them to manufacture toasters? How many sandwiches are elegantly crafted because the bread is consistent? How much whining is avoided since each child has an identical piece? We take so much for granted, with hardly a thought.

Truly, sliced bread has impacted our lives in just so many ways. It must be a matter of great pride for an object to be thought of as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Where would peanut butter and jelly be without it?


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