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What was the best thing before sliced bread?

There's a saying that goes something like "this is the best thing since sliced bread." Was there something before sliced bread that was 'the best thing'?

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The wheel, much much older, but much more useful.

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Chunks of bread torn from the loaf.

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candybar

I actually answered it before Nafta and I was right

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No matter how many times you say you're right it doesn't always make it so
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candybar
Ditto
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french bread!!!! yummy

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what???? you probaly never tasted it before to have to say that!
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The mouse trap

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Rubber boots

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it kinda whatever u wanna it 2 be

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War was pretty popular from the time that people figured out how to do that. Wait a minute it still is! I think war is better than sliced bread! LoL;)

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I've heard this exact argument but for bacon.
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Doesn't surprise me sliced bread ain't that exciting. Toasted bread with sugar and cinnemon on the other hand..LOL:)
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Sliced bread is a loaf of bread which has been pre-sliced and packaged for convenience. It was first sold in 1928, advertised as "the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped." This led to the popular phrase, "the greatest thing since sliced bread."
Prior to 1928, I would posit that the most universally beneficial invention may be either the steam engine, the telephone, electricity or perhaps the modern rifle, but I think you can make a case for the cotton gin. To quote one top ten list:
Some may be surprised to see what is considered a lesser known invention to my list, but consider the impact Eli Whitney's little invention had on this country: until then, slavery was only morally wrong. With his cotton-picking machine capable of producing twenty bails of cotton for every one produced by slave labor, he made slavery economically unfeasible as well. Of course, in demonstrating to southern plantation owners they no longer needed slaves to harvest their crop, he also hastened the advent of the Civil War, but then no important advance in the human condition is ever without its price.Read more: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-greatest-inventions-of-the-19th-century.php#ixzz1fnjDNQxk

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There is one thing that is so common, so easily overlooked, that nobody considers it in the top inventions list. It is the pneumatic tire. It's overlooked because nobody realizes just how clever it is!

Solid rubber tires are very energy - wasteful - every revolution, the whole tire is compressed and released. A pneumatic tire on the other hand just compresses the air once when weight is applied, and then the air shuffles around the tire. The only bit that changes is the bending of the thin tire wall.

Modern cars - even modern bicycles are simply not possible without the pneumatic tire!
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We're there any social changes made possible by said invention? Because the cotton gin made slavery financially impossible to continue...?
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chocolate!

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Unsliced bread. Bread is awesome in any form.

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