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The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

By: Gary Arndt

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You probably heard the expression that something is “the greatest thing since sliced bread”. 

Well did you ever wonder what the greatest thing was before sliced bread? Or why we measure greatness in terms of sliced bread? 

Well, there’s an answer to these questions.  

Learn more about why sliced bread is so freaking amazing on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily. 


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Humans have been baking bread for well over 14,000 years. The earliest evidence of human bread-making was charred crumbs found in 2018 in the Black Desert of Jordan, and it indicates that the people there were making a type of flatbread that was probably eaten with meat. Perhaps the world’s first sandwich.

Bread became the staple product of many civilizations in Asia, Europe, and Africa. 

Bread and circuses were the staples of Ancient Rome, and it was how many emperors were able to stay in power. 

Bread has been called the staff of life, and it plays a central role in the rites of many Christian churches. 

When we dine with someone, we say we are breaking bread with them.

Suffice it to say that bread has been really important to human civilization. 

For millennia humans made loaves of bread by hand and humans usually ate reasonably fresh bread on the day it was made. 

And for as long as humans have been eating bread, we have probably been slicing bread or at least cutting it with a knife, waiting patiently for the day to arrive when humanity would be freed of the horrible burden of having to slice bread by hand. 

Creating an industrialized way to slice bread and to sell it is much more difficult than you might thing.

Cutting bread isn’t like cutting wood. Simply applying sharp blades to the bread will usually squish it because the bread is so soft. Once the bread is cut, you have to keep the entire loaf together, or else you just have a bunch of loose bread slices flopping around, which can really disrupt a bread assembly line. 

The arrival of pre-sliced bread arrived in July 1928, in the small town of  Chillicothe, Missouri.  After several failed attempts, and losing his original blueprints in a fire, an inventor by the name of Otto Frederick Rohwedder created a device that would cleanly cut a loaf of bread into slices of equal thickness. 

Originally trained as a jeweler, Rohwedder did extensive market research for years, sure that sliced bread would be a hit and would make him rich.

The invention did get a lot of attention at first. Upon its release, the new sliced bread was a front-page story in the local Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune. The paper reported that “So neat and precise are the slices, and so definitely better than anyone could possibly slice by hand with a bread knife that one realizes instantly that here is a refinement that will receive a hearty and permanent welcome,”

Success didn’t happen right away, however. Sliced bread wasn’t considered the greatest thing immediately.

One problem that sliced bread had was that it went stale faster. Because each slice was exposed to the air, the entire loaf could dry out quickly. Also, people just aesthetically didn’t think that a loaf of sliced bread looked very good compared to what they were used to. The loaves tended to slump and people said it looked sloppy. 

Rohwedder developed seven patents between the years 1927 and 1936, all dedicated to slicing bread.  

After further refinements in the process, Rohwedder eventually sold bread cutting machines to the Continental Baking Company in New York City. They used the bread cutting machines on their signature line of bread they called “Wonder Bread”. 

It was then that sliced bread really took off.

Sliced bread took less time to prepare. Thinner, more uniform slices made it easier to make toast, and the sale of pop up toasters took off as a result. It was the popularity of sliced bread which made peanut butter and jelly take off in the United States as it allowed children to easily make their own sandwiches.

By 1933, just 5 years after it was introduced in Chillicothe, Missouri, 80% of all bread sold in the United States was sliced. 

In the United Kingdom, the first bread slicing machines were first installed in 1937 at the Wonderloaf Bakery in Tottenham, England, and sliced bread accounted for 80% of bread sales there by 1950.

There was one setback in the history of sliced bread, and that occurred in 1943, during World War II. US Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard placed a nationwide ban on sliced bread. The intent was to save metal and wax paper which was used in the production of sliced bread for the war effort.

There was a strong nationwide backlash to the sliced bread ban, and it was quickly reversed in only three months. 

This brief history of sliced bread is fascinating, but it really doesn’t answer the question of why we use the phrase “the greatest thing since sliced bread”. 

In doing research for this episode, I couldn’t find anyone who could give a real clear answer. 

There were several companies in the 1930s and 1940s which touted improvements to their bread by saying it was the greatest advancement baking since “sliced bread”. These improvements were often in the form of packaging, vitamin fortification, and changes in the size of slices.

More general use of the term started to appear in the 1950s. In 1951 American journalist Dorothy Kilgallen writing in the New York Journal-American reported that English actor “Stewart Granger “is the greatest thing since sliced bread”

In 1952 comedian Red Skelton said in an interview “Don’t worry about television. It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread”.

So it seems that comparing things to sliced bread was just something that just organically happened over time. 

That leaves us with one final question. What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?

Well, we actually have an answer to that. It was given in the July 6, 1928 edition of the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune which I mentioned earlier. In the article announcing sliced bread to the world they said, and I quote, that sliced bread was “greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.”

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Valid ID in the Philippines – Guide on How to get a UMID Card

By: Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor

UMID – Unified Multi-Purpose ID is a union of SSS (Social Security System), GSIS (Government Service Insurance System, PhilHealth, and PAG-IBIG or HDMF (Home Development Mutual Fund.)

The UMID Card is one of the most accepted Valid IDs in the Philippines as it has high-security features plus you can get it personally from SSS or GSIS. Some may have ATM features that will allow you to withdraw cash.

UMID card

Getting a UMID card is quite easy as long as you have a membership in SSS, GSIS or Philhealth and at least one contribution. The most popular one is getting it at the SSS branches with capturing sites. If you want to register; here is our guide in SSS Registration and Philheatlh registration.

Importante talaga ang valid ID, so kuha na kayo ng UMID Card since pwede ito gamitin for your Passport Application. Here’s how to get a UMID Card.

Table of Contents

UMID Identification Requirements

To be presented at the branch:

Primary ID

Only one of the following:

  • SSS Id (old)
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Firearm Registration
  • License to Own and Possess Firearms
  • National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance
  • Passport
  • Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence
  • Postal ID
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Voter’s ID CArd

Secondary ID or documents:

Any other 2 ID documents or cards not mentioned above. One should have a photo of you and your signature. So you can have a Company ID and Barangay clearance, for example.

UMID Additional Requirements

You must submit the original:

Old ID
If you have an old one and want it to be replaced, submit:

  • Old SSS ID or UMID card
  • Proof of Payment

Lost ID
If you lost your UMID card, then submit:

  • Affidavit of Loss (Duly-notarized)
  • Proof of Payment

Non-receipt of UMID Card
If you previously applied for a UMID Card, however, you haven’t received it (not delivered to you or you haven’t claimed it), then submit:

  • Affidavit of Non-receipt (Duly notarized)
  • Notice or Email from IMD (Identity Management Department) that the courier lost or was not able to deliver your UMID card
  • Proof of Payment

Other reasons not stated here

  • Proof of Payment

The replacement fee is Php 200.00.

UMID Card Application at SSS

1. Download and Print the UMID Card Application Form.

How to get a UMID Card

2. Fill up the form properly.

  • Avoid erasures
  • Put check marks on your answers
  • Write “N/A” if not applicable
  • Write height centimeters and weight in kilograms
  • Place the distinguishing figures on your face

If you want to use the card as an ATM rather than a regular UMID card, please fill the details.

3. Before going to the SSS branch,
It is recommended to wear the following:

  • Collared Shirt or Blouse (for picture taking)

The following are those you should not wear:

  • Bandages or Accessories in the face (for picture taking)
  • Sleeveless
  • Eyeglasses (during picture taking)
  • Colored Contact Lenses
  • Metal Piercings on face
  • Headgear

4. Go to the SSS Branch near you with a capturing site. Bring your ID/s and additional requirement if applicable.
UMID ID for first-time applicants is free, however, you need to pay Php 200.00 if you want a replacement.

5. Wait for your turn. Get your photo, fingerprints, and signature taken by the SSS Personnel. Get your acknowledgment stub from the SSS personnel. Don’t lose this as it will serve as your claiming stub too. You can also take a picture of it just in case.

How to get a UMID Card

6. Come back after 30 days of capture to the SSS Branch if you chose to pick it up. If you have it delivered, then you may have to wait for an additional 2 weeks if you are in NCR or an additional 4 weeks for other provinces. If you chose the ATM option, then claim it at the bank. Please claim it within 5 years or else it would be shredded or destroyed.

How to get a UMID Card

SSS Branches to get a UMID card

Here are the SSS Branches where you can get your picture and biometrics taken:

How to get a UMID Card

SSS Branches Abroad Where you can get a UMID card 

You can have your UMID card issued abroad, here are the countries that have UMID Enrollment and capture sites. Please proceed to the consulates or embassies in:

  • Bahrain
  • Brunei
  • Hong Kong
  • Kuwait
  • Macau
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Abu-Dhabi, UAE
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Rome, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • London
  • San Francisco, California

UMID Card Application at GSIS

This is only applicable for government employees.

1. Download and Print the UMID Card Application. Fill-up the form.

How to get a UMID Card

2. Go to any GSIS Branch (Union Bank or Land Bank if you want an ID/ATM) and bring two valid IDs as well as the filled up form.

3. When it is your turn, get your picture, fingerprints, and signature taken.

4. Wait for the text indicating where and when to get your UMID.

5. Bring a valid ID to Claim your UMID Card.

How to Activate The UMID Card

1. Upon the receipt of your UMID, go to any G-W@PS (GSIS Wireless Activated Processing System) at GSIS offices, government offices, capitol city hall or Robinsons Malls.

2. Place the eCard or Card on the card reader.

3. Touch the screen to select any pre-registered finger.

4. Put your selected finger to the scanner lightly to activate your UMID .

Getting a UMID Card is quite easy, though you need to go early in the branch in case there are a lot of people that want to get their data taken for UMID too. Please be reminded that the cards do not have your SS or GSIS number but rather a Common Reference Number. So don’t lose a copy of your number or register at SSS Online.

UMID also is one of the Valid IDs in the Philippines, so it is definitely advisable to have one ASAP. However, if you don’t have contributions or aren’t employed, then having a Postal ID or a Philippine Passport would be great for the validation of your identity. Should you want more how-to guides, please check our blogs.

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Pyramids in Egypt that you might not know about

By: Sherif Khalil

Have you ever wondered about all the pyramids in Egypt other than the Pyramids of Giza. The Pyramids of Giza are the three largest and best-preserved pyramids in Egypt today, but that doesn’t mean they are the only ones. Did you know that there are over 100 pyramids in Egypt today? Here are 11 pyramids you might not have heard about before, all magnificent and truly worth your visit.

The Step Pyramid

Also known as Djoser, this pyramid is 197 ft. high and was part of a large mortuary complex. The Pyramid of Djoser is the oldest intact pyramid in the world today built between 2630 and 2611 B.C. in Egypt. The pyramid was designed to be 6 layers with a flat roof, which is why it’s called the ‘Step’ Pyramid, also known in Arabic as ‘Mastaba’.

The inside of Djoser has burial chambers deep within made for the pharaoh and his 11 daughters. It’s a series of tunnels that are thought to be designed to prevent theft. Due to this, the pyramid has deteriorated and could even collapse without conversation. While visitors are not allowed to enter the pyramid, they are welcome to view and take photos of the pyramid.

The Bent Pyramid

The first of the three Dahshur Pyramids; Sneferu’s Bent Pyramid. The Dahshur Pyramids are what provided Egyptians with the learning experience of how to transition from step pyramids to smooth-sided pyramids. The Dahshur Pyramids are not far from the Giza and Saqqara Pyramids. The Bent Pyramid is the first of the smooth pyramids to be built, considered unsuccessful due to the cut of the blocks used resulting in the weight not being distributed properly causing the angle of the pyramid to be off and achieving the name “The Bent Pyramid”.

The Red Pyramid

Learning from his mistakes, Sneferu ordered the building of the second pyramid of Dahshur; the Red Pyramid, also known as the North Pyramid. The success of the free-standing pyramid rises to a height of 104 meters. The red limestone stones used to construct the Red Pyramid is the reason behind the name. The Red Pyramid is the largest of the three major pyramids at the Dahshur necropolis.

The pyramid used to be cased with white Tura limestone, but has now faded away leaving the pyramid with a rusty reddish hue. It was Sneferu’s last attempt to build a true pyramid and so, successfully it is considered the world’s first true pyramid to be built.

The Red Pyramid

The Black Pyramid

The last of the Dahshur Pyramids, built under the rule of King Amenemhat II; the Black Pyramid. It is obvious that this pyramid is not well preserved as the others due to the material used to build it; mudbrick instead of traditional stone. The ruined pyramid is worth seeing because it is the most imposing monument after the two Sneferu pyramids.

The Black Pyramid got its name from the dark and decaying appearance it holds. It’s believed that the Black Pyramid was the first in Egypt intended to house the pharaoh and his queens.

Meidum Pyramid

The second oldest pyramid in Egypt, after the Pyramid of Djoser. This pyramid was Sneferu’s’ first attempt at building a ‘true pyramid’, but having failed, he kept on trying until the Red Pyramid was built. The top of the Meidum Pyramid has collapsed pre-completion. Archaeologists believed that the architect modified his design half way through which later caused the collapse of the structure.

Meidum Pyramid is now known as the ‘Collapsed Pyramid’ or “ElHaram ElKadab’ in Arabic, which means “The False Pyramid”. It no longer resembles a pyramid and only 5 steps have survived.

Fayoum Pyramids

If you’re ever in Fayoum, don’t miss a visit to the Fayoum Pyramids; Hawara and El-Lahun. Not a lot of people, including Egyptians, know that Fayoum is home to several pyramids. Although both pyramids were built by different pharaohs at different times, they were both made of the same material; mudbrick covered with limestone casing. Hawara was built 1860 AB under the rule of King Amenemhat III, while El-Lahun was built in 1897 BC under the rule of King Senusret II.

Abusir Pyramids

The Niuserre, Neferirkare Kakai, and Sahure Pyramids were built during the 5th dynasty; around 4,500 years ago. These are considered the major pyramids of Abusir, although it is home to 14 pyramids. Abusir is located south of Saqqara and is a mortuary complex dedicated to Osiris. They were designed after the Pyramids of Giza, but with low-quality limestone casting, they haven’t stood well through the years.

Neferirkare Kakai was designed to be a step pyramid, although now due to its destruction, it has fallen apart to what seems to be a flat-faced pyramid, filling the steps with brick. Sahure is a rather important site, while it might light like a rubble pile. The complex it belongs to represents the final phase of a system that would remain unchanged for more than 300 years. Niuserre completed the unfinished monuments of his father, mother, and brother before working on his pyramid complex. He chose to build the pyramid between Neferirkare and Sahure.

Pyramid of Unas

The Pyramid of Unas is the first of the pyramids containing what we refer to as “Pyramid Texts”; spells and inscriptions used to safeguard the pharaoh on his journey from between this world and the next. These inscriptions covered spells protecting the pharaoh’s body, spells calling upon the Gods for aid and more. The pyramid texts in Pyramid of Unas are the smallest of all the pharaohs. They intended for spells to guide and protect the pharaoh’s soul.

The Pyramid of Unas remains eclipsed in the shadow of the Pyramid of Djoser. Containing 128 phrases, it holds great importance due to its precious documents. These phrases are found in the walls of the underground chambers in the Pyramid of Unas.

All these pyramids alongside the Great Pyramids of Giza, and you’re yet to learn all about the pyramids that reside in Egypt. Make sure to visit these pyramids if you get the chance to learn more about the history of Ancient Egypt.

Sherif Khalil is Owner of Dunes & Beyond. Dunes & Beyond offers luxury tours, Nile cruises and desert safaris in Egypt.

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Favorite Photos From My First Trip to Charleston

By: Matt Long

There are some spots around the world and certainly around the US that I really should have visited before now but, for whatever reason, just haven’t. Until just a couple of weeks of those one of those glaring travel omissions was colorful Charleston, South Carolina. There was no reason for it either; I wanted to visit, I just never did. I’m so thankful I finally did and I know that my brief day there won’t be my last. During that day though I made the most of my time, seeing as much as I could and so today I want to share some of those photographic highlights.

Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant

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