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Toasters


picture of D-12 toaster

Did you know that this year is the 100th anniversary of the invention of the first commercially-successful electric toaster? (You just never know what you're going to find on my blog, do you?!) 😀 A man named Frank Shailor developed his electric toaster, the "D-12," at General Electric. On the right is a picture of the D-12.

In a blog post last week called Recent Inventions I posted a picture of a Star Wars toaster that would toast the image of Darth Vader on the bread. A commenter posted a link to a Hello Kitty toaster available at Target. Here's a picture of that toaster:

picture of hello kitty toaster

That comment got my wheels turning about what other kinds of toasters that might be available out there. I did some web searches for images and found way more than I wanted to use in this post. Here are a couple of the ones I enjoyed in particular:

Here's a Volkswagen toaster that reminds me of the hippie vans of my teen years and early 20s:

picture of VW toaster

I found this contraption that allows you to write on bread through the use of a mounted hot-air gun.

picture of printing toaster

Imagine finding messages from your spouse on your morning toast — Take Out the Trash!

Among the many designs possible on toast — from objects to cartoon characters to real people — I found this one interesting:

picture of Obama toast

I know that to some, he's the "toast of the town," but others would like him to be "toast." Time will tell....

Speaking of time, I found a toast clock that might fit in with someone's décor....

picture of toast clock

How about a game of Tic Tac Toast? Two people, armed with peanut butter and jelly could have a battle of early morning wits....

picture of Tic Tac Toast

I would love this transparent toaster — I would know just how dark my toast is getting without having to keep popping it up.

picture of transparent toaster

The following picture made me think about what toasters might be like if various companies made them.

picture of Microsoft toaster

What if various companies made toasters ... what would they be like?

If Microsoft made toasters ...
Every time you bought a loaf of bread, you would have to buy a toaster. You wouldn't have to take the toaster, but you'd have to pay for it anyway. Toaster XP would secretly interrogate your other appliances to find out who made them. Everyone would hate Microsoft toasters, but would buy them nonetheless since most of the good bread works only with their toasters. Of course, if Microsoft really did make toasters, they would likely require an upgrade to your bread.

If Apple made toasters...
They would do everything Microsoft toaster does, but 5 years earlier, and the bread would be non-removable.

If Linux made toasters...
You'd have to hack into it to make it toast both sides. Plus the Linux toaster would only come in parts, user have to assemble the toaster themselves, but the bread would be free!

If Google made such a toaster, it would likely be in Beta for the next 5 years…

If Xerox made toasters...
You could toast one-sided or double-sided. Successive slices would get lighter and lighter. The toaster would "jam" your bread for you.

If Fisher-Price made toasters ...
"Baby's First Toaster" would have a hand-crank that you turn to toast the bread that pops up like a Jack-in-the-box.

If Sony made toasters ...
Their "Personal Toasting Device" would be called ToastMan, which would be barely larger than the single piece of bread it is meant to toast, can be conveniently attached to your belt.

If The Franklin Mint made toasters ...
Every month you would receive another lovely hand-crafted piece of your authentic Civil War pewter toaster.

If Timex made toasters ...
They would be cheap, quartz-crystal wrist toasters that take a licking and keep on toasting.

If CostCo made toasters...
They'd be really inexpensive, as long as you bought a case of them.

If Radio Shack made toasters ...
The staff would sell you a toaster, but not know anything about it. Or you could by all the parts to build your own toaster.

If K-Tel sold toaster ...
They would not be available in stores, and you would get a free set of Ginsu knives with each one for slicing the bread, and all for only $19.95. Call them today at 1-800-URADUMMY. That number again, 1-800....

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I know that there are many creative minds and great senses of humor out there among my readership. What would the toasters of some company that you know of be like? Do these pictures make you hungry for some toast? 🙂

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"Light is custom made for darkness." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

Why do toasters even have a setting that burns the toast to such a horrible crisp that no one would eat?


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Recent Inventions


picture of handy tissue dispenser

Do you ever find yourself amazed at some new invention you read about or see? Do you ever comment, "I think I could have come up with that one myself!"? Creative ideas turn into gadgets we feel as if we just have to have to make our lives easier or more enjoyable. Nearly everyone with e-mail has probably seen pictures of some zany, yet at least semi-practical inventions that come out of Japan, like the handy roll of facial tissue in the picture on the right. As zany as it looks, though, there have often been times when I would have loved to have something like that to help manage a bad cold or allergies!

Today's i.v. is some cool inventions I've run across as I surf the web. At a time that the economy is so tight, it seems to me as if some of these items would be luxuries that many people would have a hard time justifying. I'm not supplying links, but you could Google any of these inventions that grab you.

Here are several food items that are interesting.

How about bacon dipped in melted chocolate?

picture of chocolate bacon

Some like dark toast ... how about a little Darth toast, from a Star Wars toaster?

picture of Darth toast

If you're a fan of Swiss Army knives, you might go for Swiss Army chocolate.

picture of Swiss Army chocolate

If you like Nutella, you might want to try finger cookies.

picture of finger cookies

If you have trouble with people stealing things from your lunch, anti-theft lunch bags might be the solution for you.

picture of anti-theft lunch bags

Disturbing, isn't it?! 😀 Now several inventions for the feet.

People who like bumper stickers might go for these shoes bumper stickers.

picture of shoe bumper stickers

Here's a close-up.

picture of shoe bumper stickers

Here are some shoes that allow you to make your mark on the world, as you walk — shoes made with colored pencils.

picture of colored pencil shoes

Now for some general inventions.

For those who don't have Internet access, someone has published a book that was outdated before it was printed — Offline Wikipedia.

picture of offline Wikipedia

A keyring key?

picture of keyring key

Do you hate leaving your pet fish at home? Take it along!

picture of carry your fish bowl

Do you have trouble keeping track of your flash drive? Try this USB clothespin.

picture of USB clothespin

Do you get tired of extension cords or a lack of outlets? How about a wall like this?

picture of outlet wall

Here's a close-up shot of the outlet wall.

picture of outlet wall close-up

Tired of buying expensive greeting cards that people look at, and eventually toss? Try this all-in-one stamp.

picture of all-in-one stamp

Those who collect salt and pepper shakers might not have this set yet. Salt and battery anyone?

picture of salt and pepper batteries

Wish you had room for a ping pong table? Well, now you do with this ping pong door.

picture of ping pong door

Now you can listen to your iPod almost anywhere!

picture of iPod TP dispenser

Have you seen any neat inventions lately? Is there anything in this post that you now feel you just have to have?

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"Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

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Rob

Atomic Bomb — an invention to end all inventions


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