A Toast To Toast!
On "Battlestar Galactica" the Cylons were a much-despised race of human-like machines made by man, and the ethnic slur for them was "toaster." I think that's because a toaster is such a humdrum and servile machine. Not much of an inner life. Just sitting there, at our disposal, waiting to serve us in a pretty simplistic way.
But when Thomas Thwaites tried to build a replica of the cheapest toaster on the market, he ran into all kinds of problems, starting with the day he pulled to toaster apart and found that, broken down into its most basic bits, the toaster contained more than 400 parts.
Thwaites is on the show today, to kick off our discussion of toasters and toast. To get ready for this show, I did things like watch a video of a piece of toast alleged to have a likeness of Jesus burned onto its surface. Why it's a video, I don't know. We'll talk about toast in as many different ways as possible on today's show.
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