Thursday, July 7, 2011

As Easy As Sliced Bread

Whenever I'm looking for some sort of inspiration on what to blog about, I quickly type in the day's date and read about famous things that have happened on that particular day. Generally I find many different people who were born on that day, and I write down the famous events that go along with them as to blog about them either on that day or some other day. However, I wasn't so lucky today (it's a boring day in history, I guess). The most interesting thing I found about July 7th, was the invention of sliced bread. I guess it's going to be a boring and uneventful day then.

For those of you who are living under a rock, sliced bread is bread that has been pre-sliced before packaging. It was first sold on July 7th, 1928 at the Chillicothe Baking Company in Chillicothe, Missouri. Oddly enough, "sliced bread" is considered an invention as it was cut by a "loaf-at-a-time bread-cutting machine" Although the inventer, Otto Frederick Rohwedder, had initially built a prototype in 1912, it was destroyed in a fire. What a shame, we could have had sliced bread even earlier!

Oddly enough, sliced bread increases consumption due to the ease of eating another slice. You don't have to cut them, and even though the slices are thinner - it is easier to consume. So, when you're eating sliced bread, beware of what you're doing. Maybe you should make a rule like, "before I can get another slice I have to run to the bathroom and back." Anything that will weed out being lazy from being hungry.

Depending on the country you live in, you might even be able to find breads that vary in thickness (especially in the UK, and Japan. MMM. Good.

Still not convinced that sliced bread makes our days so much simpler? It takes probably around thirty seconds to get out your materials, another thirty seconds to unwrap your bread, three seconds for each slice, and around another minute to put your materials away. It's not really the act of slicing that takes a while, though it is frustrating because it's difficult to get it just right, but rather the materials that take the time. Plus, if you make a mess, you have to clean it up. Bottom line: Even if it's just a couple minutes, eliminating the slicing of bread makes our lives a little bit easier every day.

Next time you use the phrase "as easy as sliced bread," think about what's behind that saying, and how much easier sliced bread  makes our lives.

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