Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What Were They Thinking?
    — Toasted Bagels

“What Were They Thinking?” highlights products and presentations which just don’t make sense.

I found this in the small appliance section at a Haggen’s supermarket in Stanwood.  It’s a combination toaster and toaster oven.  I’m not sure if that makes sense itself: I would have to see the mechanism to convince myself that have the toaster oven heat isn’t escaping out the top.

Most toasters in recent years have been made with wider slots, to accept thicker bread.  (My own at home has stabilizers in the slot to keep narrower items upright in the slot, and it has a push-up mechanism to make it easier to get small items like English muffins out.  It even has a warming rack so you can warm a pastry sitting above the slots.)

This one, as you can see, is wide enough to accept a bagel.  Wait a minute.  Look at that picture.  They’ve put whole bagels in for the picture.  Who in their right mind toasts bagels without slicing them first?!

You can see that the same pic is used on the web page for the Toastation, which comes in two and four-bagel versions.

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