Toast, It's not just for breakfast anymore: Where did 'Breakfast' come from?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Where did 'Breakfast' come from?

After the extremely successful toast rally yesterday, I decided to take a little break and go see the sights. I drove over to Akron, Ohio, home of the famous Catholic cathedral, the Sistine Chapel. There is a pretty cool picture there of God and Adam almost touching on the ceiling. It is very popular. Over in the corner of the chapel is a lesser known ceiling painting called the "Eighth Day".

As we know, on the seventh day, God rested. When he woke up on the 8th day, both he and Adam were famished! Neither had ever even eaten at this point (Eve was on a diet). God showed Adam how to break his fast by zapping some bread and butter with electricity. Yes, that's how the word breakfast was coined. By God, on day 8.

Needless to say, Adam loved the delicate flavoring and it's subtle undertones. He could not understand the concept of electricity though, and for thousands of years had to rely on fire to achieve a similar but less desirable result. Finally in the 1900's, the world finally understood God's concept of electricity well enough to use it in the creation of toast (hat tip Michael Faraday, Ben Franklin).

Both paintings were done by Mike Angelou, an Italian immigrant born in 1932. He is considered to be a pretty good artist.

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