My toaster is somewhere around thirty years old; it bears the ancient symbol “Montgomery Ward” on its base. It looks like, well, a thirty-year-old toaster, with two parallel slots, one of which is labeled “SINGLE SLICE”.
While toasting a single slice last night — in the proper slot, you may be sure — I got to wondering just what the hell difference it makes. My mother had a similarly-configured toaster, and she couldn’t explain it either. Is there a difference? Or is this just a ruse to keep us OCD types from agonizing over it? “Let’s see, I used the left slot all during August…”