The best thing since sliced bread. Yes sliced bread is a good thing. Is it critical when you make a sandwich? Not really. Just grab a bread knife and make two cuts. I understand making sandwiches for six kids all at once is a lot easier with pre-slide bread. And we wouldn't be eating that super-soft, air-filled, mass-produced bread we all eat if it wasn't sliced at the bakery. You couldn't get a knife through it without ripping it to shreds. But I would give it up for some other inventions.
My two favorites at the moment? The first is my new wireless 3G card for my laptop. I have Internet access anywhere I have a cell phone signal. It feels as fast as a typical WiFi signal most of the time, but the speed is secondary to the benefit of almost universal accessibility. I have never been so productive.
The second is 100 percent cotton washable "non-iron" dress shirts from Brooks Borthers. My monthly dry-cleaning bills have plummeted, along with my day-to-day stress level. If I need a clean shirt for the next day I throw it in the laundry the night before. And I am a bit of a shirt snob. Most of my closet contains Thomas Pink shirts, which are remarkably well made and durable, but require frequent dry-cleaning. But my inventory is changing over as I continue to swing by the Brooks Bros. when I am in the airport and pick up new shirts at half the cost. Keep your sliced bread, I want my 3G card and my dress shirts.