It’s the moment we have all been waiting for! Our new BAGEL BITER – THE ORIGINAL BAGEL GUILLOTINE SLICER has arrived, and will be demonstrated by Cole Ruscitti.
Gilly, as we like to her call her, (if it lives with us, it has a name) slices our bagel safely, with ease! She originates from a long line of Bagel Guillotines, invented fifteen years ago by Mr. Ricards. Bagel Guillotines sell steadily at 80,000 a year, and by Mr. Ricards’ calculations, the Bagel Guillotine is history’s most successful bagel control device. “We’ve achieved a paradigm shift in bagel cutting. My guillotine isn’t associated with death,” said Mr. Ricard one afternoon as he dropped a bagel into a holder, positioned a viciously pointed plastic-encased blade above it, and shoved firmly downward, slicing the bagel humanely in half.
Why do we need a bagel slicer ? Well, I’m just so glad you asked. Bagel Related Injuries (BRI, for those in the “know”) are implicated in more finger cuts than pumpkins and cheese. In fact, they lead in finger cuts by knives as reported in an analysis of fingers cut by knives in the government’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Really.
Now as a bonus, I will share this bite of bagel trivia with you: The largest bagel was made during the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York on August 27, 2004. The bakers mixed 660 pounds of flour, 348 pounds of water, 1/2 pound of yeast, 53 pounds of malt and 12 1/2 pounds of salt, boiled it for 30 minutes and then baked it for just under ten hours. When baked, it was a tasty 868 pounds, 6 feet in diameter and nearly 20 inches thick.
Now without further delay … Please give Gilly a warm round of cheeseful applause.
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