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Amateur mythbuster tries to debunk a common belief about toasters

How your English muffin gets golden brown.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 10, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:38 am CDT

A century ago, we had old wives’ tales, but today our misinformation is shared on and legitimized by social media. You may have recently noticed this viral factoid making the rounds:

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There’s nothing too difficult about verifying such a claim, but nobody bothered to do so—until now.

YouTube personality Tom Scott, who revels in this type of trivia with his “Things You Might Not Know” series, was sick of the factoid’s thoughtless acceptance across Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, so he got four toasters and some sliced bread and tried to prove everyone wrong. He almost succeeded, too.

I guess the real lesson here is to always do your toasting at work.

Photo via Tom Scott/YouTube

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*First Published: Dec 10, 2014, 1:44 pm CST