best thing since sliced bread

I was considering today how Last FM is quite possibly the best thing since sliced bread, when a thought struck: what happened to all the other things that were previously the best thing since sliced bread? What were they? Let’s take a look, shall we?

This last link is most interesting of all, detailing one of the many obvious reasons why sliced bread has remained the yardstick for innovation — as the product reviewer ably demonstrates: “wire clamps are the best thing since sliced bread for hooking up a duct collection system.”

Sliced bread. More useful in more ways than you ever thought possible.


  1. The best thing since sliced bread is the new black, I find

  2. My firtst experience with MVI was back in about 1983 as an undergrad. We used two variables, maybe a third if the problen was aimple enough. Anything over four, we were told, and you’d need a room from of mathematicians and a couple months.
    I went back to school for a(nother) masters this year. First day, first class, Mathematical Programming. The professor starts talking about our final project, and what we can expect, including at least 100 variables. I knew I was in way over my head. These kids today and their computers…

  3. And these kids can probably type, too (that’s a room full of mathematicians). You can figure out the rest.