Bread is a type of food typically produced with a combination of flour and water that is baked. It is believed to be one of the oldest man-made foods. Here are a list of interested bread facts:
- Evidence exists from over 30,000 years ago of humans producing a basic variety of bread: Bread production was vastly improved in 1961 thanks to development of the Chorleywood bread process.
- In some European and Middle Eastern cultures, guests are typically welcomed with a gift of bread and salt: The tradition dates back to times when salt was an incredibly expensive commodity.
- Sliced bread was first sold in 1928, but it had been under development for some time before: In 1912, an early version of the machine that would eventually slice the first loaf was destroyed in an accident.
- January 18, 1943 was a day that will forever live in infamy for sliced bread: Due to the war effort, the US enacted a ban on sliced bread, noting that unsliced bread would last longer. The ban was over turned a few months later.
- Fans of ultra-thick sliced bread will likely be familiar with Texas Toast: This variant of sliced bread is twice as thick as regular varieties. It is claimed that a restaurant chain named Kirbys Pig Stand invented this type of bread.
- Bread was actually the name adopted by an American rock band: The group found success despite their odd name, earning a string of entries into the Billboard Top 100 during 1970 to 1977.
- The world record for the largest loaf of bread was set in 2008 in Brazil: This mammoth loaf weighed 3,463 pounds (1,571 kg) and was baked by a fellow named Joaquim Gonçalves.
- Another bread-related world record is held by a man in Malta: Anthony Falzon was able to devour one slice of toasted bread in just 8.47 seconds in 2014.
- If you’re not sick of bread records yet, here’s one more: In 2005, a Portuguese baker created the world’s longest loaf of bread, measuring an incredible 3,975 ft (1,211 metres). The bread was served with a massive sausage.
- OK we lied, we have one more amazing bread record for you: How long would it take you to butter 10 slices of bread? Well, the world record for this feat is held by American woman Asha Leo who achieved it in 26.11 seconds.