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Not only is the intensity of the toasting indeterminate, but until the toast pops out of the sealed top, you have to assume that the automatic mechanism has buttered both sides too.
||Utterly baked, apart from the automatic
butterer. All toasters work on this
principle, simultaneously burning the
bread and leaving it at room
temperature. Observing the toast
collapses its wave-function, which has a
probability distribution which depends
on the bread, the time of day and (in
the most advanced models) the setting.
However, I propose extending the idea
further: enclose the toaster, bread and
diner in a sealed room from which no
information can escape. Under these
circumstances, the diner will have been
simultaneously satisfied and dissatisfied
with the toast, at least until such time
as the room is opened.
||darn, what i was hoping for was a
toaster, where absolutely nothing
happened until you intervene to check -
and then you would have a fifty/fifty
chance of it being toast/not toast.
||"Excuse me - I'd like a refund on this toaster."
"Oh? Is there something wrong with it?"
"Well, yes and no..."
||"You can't have your toast and eat it too."
"I can with a ZenTom toaster!"
||Thanks [BrauBeaton] I thought it was a prerequisite of Halfbakery membership to be aware of the trinity of Schrodinger, His Cat, and, as [UnaBubba] alludes, what happens when you strap pieces of toast, butter-side up, to its back (All in a sealed room/box from which no information can escape, probably with a ninja standing guard in case of emergencies, resting on an exploding custard beanbag, being entertained by Marcel Marceau and a troop of connected elephants all smeared with...well it doesn't bear thinking about.)
||But yes, [not_only_but_also] after considering the method [Basepair] describes, ZenTom Industries can announce that Schrodinger's Cake Tin may soon be in development..