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Word of Mouth - Segment
Tue December 6, 2011
The Home Made Toaster
Produced by Avishay Artsy
The writer Douglas Adams wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series In one of those books, the hero, Arthur Dent, is stranded on a planet populated by primitive people. Dent thinks to himself: I could show them the wristwatch! The internal combustion engine! The toaster! I’ll be crowned their emperor. The trouble is that without other humans around, he has no idea how to make any of those things. All he can make is a sandwich. After which he’s elevated to the high office of “sandwich maker.”
British designer Thomas Thwaites read that book as a young teen and wondered: what would I do if *I* crashed on a strange planet? The question stuck with him, along with the growing observation that we are disconnected from even basic technologies that help us lead our lives. Thomas settled on a quest to build a toaster from scratch. He documents the nine month project in a new book called, The Toaster Project.