tisdag 31 juli 2012

Staten och nöjen

Etablerat uttryck, från Wikipedia:

The phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread" is a commonly used hyperbolic means of praising an invention or development. A writer for The Kansas City Star wrote that "the phrase is the ultimate depiction of innovative achievement and American know-how."

Ur Atlantic (där tillverkningsfilmen rekommenderas), via Kottke:

In 1943, the government actually banned sliced bread, motivated by the need to conserve resources during the war effort. "The country needed airplanes more than it needed bread-slicing blades," according to Wenske, and sacrifices would have to be made.

Och, från Wikipedia:

On January 26, however, John F. Conaboy, the New York Area Supervisor of the Food Distribution Administration, warned bakeries, delicatessens, and other stores that were continuing to slice bread to stop, saying that "to protect the cooperating bakeries against the unfair competition of those who continue to slice their own bread... we are prepared to take stern measures if necessary." 

Vidare på temat så rekommenderas filmen The Incredible Bread Machine (där bland annat Milton Friedman, som skulle ha fyllt 100 år idag förekommer) och Christopher Snowdons inlägg om vikten att försvara små rättigheter.

Tidigare på temat på sistone:
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