A few days ago Phil wrote about a “why not before” invention. If you click on the link provided, you’ll find a truly beautiful ceramic toaster of a novel design. Now, I will be the first to admit that from an aesthetic standpoint, this toaster is truly lovely. I didn’t see the demo, but looking at the picture, it seems to me there are a few potential flaws in the operation of this device.
It looks like the toast feeds slowly through a bar like one of those pen-style photo scanners. I’m not a physicist, certainly, but it seems to me that one of two things is required: either you toast the bread at impossibly hot temperatures, changing its fundamental characteristics, or by the time the last part is toasted, the first part is too cold to melt “yellow death” (butter, for the uninitiated). Either of these two things would be unacceptable to me.
Besides, why is there this insane drive to keep reinventing items that work perfectly well? I give you my toaster as an example.
I know people used to toast bread on forks, and I’d submit that my toaster is a significant improvement. But I’ll bet the patent on it dates back to at least the early 20th century. Admittedly, it takes a little more attention than the electric models with built-in sensors, but it also only cost about $10 new and operates for an incredibly long time (I did pretty well burn one up beyond usefulness, but that was after 20 years–that’s how I know how much a new one costs).
Here’s what it looks like:
It works on both my wood and gas fires and produces very good toast (please forgive the fuzziness of this picture–Ben ate the toast before I discovered the picture was so out of focus).
So let’s devote this inventiveness to some useful purpose, like a microbe that will thoroughly clean the dishes without removing them from the table. THAT would be useful. Think of all the time saved in not getting the dished out of the cupboard, serving the food, carrying them to the sink, washing them, putting them away again, and then starting all over.