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« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2016, 06:03:51 pm »

I'm 100% certain that, somewhere, a man in a shed invented an automatic bread slicer long before 1928. He just kept it to himself.
Or possibly it killed him.
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« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2016, 10:14:43 pm »

I'm 100% certain that, somewhere, a man in a shed invented an automatic bread slicer long before 1928. He just kept it to himself.
Or possibly it killed him.

A consortium of bread knife manufacturers bought the invention and hid it from the public, knowing that if it became available, bread knife sales would fall.
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« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2016, 11:38:46 pm »


A consortium of bread knife manufacturers bought the invention and hid it from the public, knowing that if it became available, bread knife sales would fall.

Until a band of plucky, steamily-inclined bakers embarked on a quest through strife and peril to deliver sliced bread to a waiting world.
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« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2016, 01:17:13 am »

I'm 100% certain that, somewhere, a man in a shed invented an automatic bread slicer long before 1928. He just kept it to himself.
Or possibly it killed him.

Ah, so you heard about the ill fated experiments of Cuthbert Bakingson, victim of his own invention and a classic case of nominative determinism.

It's hard to piece together the exact events, only that on the 23rd of April 1847 Cuthbert was seen enthusiastically purchasing a variety of rolls and loaves of various types, including malted and was heard to proclaim that he was "working on the best thing since, well, ever!"

Whatever followed this hoarding of loaves in Cuthbert's workshop is a matter of pure conjecture, as neither Cuthbert nor any member of his family or apprentices survived the apparent malfunction of his machine. Drawings of the device recovered from his workshop show a series of parallel blades attached to a cam and belt type contraption driven by a miniature Eatkin-Hurlingdon type steam engine. Most of the blades and engine were recovered from the walls and ceiling of the workshop.

Only a fortuitous mix up of dates saved Norris Cuttleman of the Everyman Breadboards and Knives conglomerate who had been due to meet with Cuthbert that morning, Norris being quoted as "thinking it was the day after, and my car broke down. No trains that day you see, I was nowhere near it. Him. There. It was my Grandmother's birthday." Although sadly Norris himself passed away shortly after the event when he tragically drowned himself in his breakfast porridge.

Interestingly no trace of the malt loaf was ever found.
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« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2016, 04:52:00 am »

Automat restaurants are period. Why couldn't we upgrade our Automat with a mechanical sandwich assembler?
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« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2016, 06:31:13 pm »


A consortium of bread knife manufacturers bought the invention and hid it from the public, knowing that if it became available, bread knife sales would fall.

Until a band of plucky, steamily-inclined bakers embarked on a quest through strife and peril to deliver sliced bread to a waiting world.

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« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2016, 03:38:53 am »


Until a band of plucky, steamily-inclined bakers embarked on a quest through strife and peril to deliver sliced bread to a waiting world.

You write it I'll sing it.

Actually, this does sound extremely spiff.
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« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2016, 09:37:39 am »

Sliced bread is too awesome to not be steampunk, even if its not period.
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