Monday, June 29, 2009

Somewhere in England Thomas Thwaites is attempting to build a toaster

..from scratch

Beginning by mining and smelting the raw materials.

Can he do it? And how much more than £3.99 will it cost him?

It'll be a lesson in the value of the riches that trade and specialisation bestowed on us through the industrial revolution.

And it'll understate those wonders. He's using one of the products of the revolution - a microwave oven - to do the smelting.