The Best Thing Since, Well, Turns 80 Today

20080707-otto.jpgBorn in 1880, Otto Frederick Rohwedder, inventor of the bread-slicing machine, changed the way we eat PB&Js and judge the coolness caliber of every invention. (On a scale of one to bread-slicer, how significant is your idea, really?) Rohwedder ditched his jewelery business to create the first bread slicing-and-wrapping device in 1928—perfect timing following the rising popularity of the pop-up toaster in 1926. Rohwedder could be the most famous Iowan you've never heard of, so have a sandwich today is in honor. [via Coldmud]

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