You Can Thank This Man When Your Toast Pops Up

The pop-up toaster is one of the most used kitchen appliances in the world, but have you ever wondered who invented and why? While many designs are available on the market today, all of them owe their existence to one man and his invention. Charles Strite was the first person to invent the pop-up toaster, and he did it out of frustration. In 1921, he came up with the idea after getting annoyed with cafeterias serving burnt toast. Toasters at the time were worked manually, which meant someone had to take out the bread slice once one side was toasted and turn it over to toast the other side. That resulted in a lot of burnt toast. Strite’s invention made sure the bread was ejected from the toaster before it reached that stage. Oddly enough, he never invented another thing in his lifetime.