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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sliced Bread

I love reading about history, but every so often something pops up that is at first sight seems WEIRD, but when a step is taken back, it becomes profound and more than what the simple occurrence might seem on the surface. This item from "This day in history" strikes me as on such item.

1943 U.S. commercial bakers stopped selling sliced bread. Only whole loaves were sold during the ban until the end of World War II.

I looked for an official reason, there was none, but most say that sliced bread goes stale faster than a whole loaf, and therefor wasteful. Those were the "values" during WWII. What a difference 60 plus years make. Remember Bush telling us all to go out and shop after 911? Then he took us into an ILLEGAL war against a nation who had NOTHING to do with 911,

I wonder how business was at the local bakeries and whether or not the patrons asked for their "loaves" "whole" or "sliced"

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