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Nuclear Toaster, by meandmunch on DeviantArt

When we set up this site, we chose the name “Atomic Toasters” as something of a lark. It had the right sound, it implied the right sort of feel, and there was a certain level of whimsy. But now, several years later, there are times when I think we might be on to something bigger.

No, not the site itself. I mean, that would be great, but I think we’re all overlooking something huge: Why do we not actually have Atomic Toasters? What a brilliant idea that is! I mean sure, there’s the radiation concerns, but never mind that. Early motorists complained that driving cars was an oily, smokey, messy affair, and it’s hardly like that at all any more. I’m sure after a few generations of technology advancement, your atomic-powered trinket will hardly make you glow in the dark at all. And think of the benefits! You could have toast in seconds! You could have toast anywhere, even without plugging it into a wall! You could have toast cooked so dark you could blow on it and turn it to dust!

Okay, I’m not sure why that would appeal to anyone, but that seemed to be how my grandmother liked to cook toast, so maybe it appeals to someone.

What other day-to-day devices bloody-well should be atomic-powered by now?

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  • I want a nuclear circular saw. It would be so great not to have to fuss with the extension cord or worry that the wimpy rechargeable battery doesn't have enough juice to rip an 8' 2×4.

  • Target29

    Just before reading this post I was on the "Official Google Blog" and they were talking about bringing "Google Fiber" to Kansas City. Upon reading the question above I naturally thought of a nuclear powered plunger.
    Interesting how both the internet and humans need more fiber…

  • jeepjeff

    Maybe if you could have gotten ahold of enough Plutonium 238 in the 1930s, you could have sold them along side these:

    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/13/Revigorator.jpg/800px-Revigorator.jpg&quot; width=500>

    Mmmm, neutron activated whole grains! For your Active Lifestyle!

  • By now? Everything.

    <img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4105/5416669960_8728798bb3_z.jpg&quot; width="600">

  • OA5599

    They should have an atomic-powered wind farm by now, so power can be generated when it isn't windy.

    <img src="http://www.greenlaunches.com/entry_images/0310/31/wind-power.jpg&quot; width=500>

  • Want Atomic Bridgeport, please!

    <img src="http://www.shophardinge.com/images/Series%20_1_0507.jpg"&gt;

    Also please one in travel size!

    <img src="http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/images/Jordan01.JPG&quot; width =400>

  • The batteries in my calculator died in the middle of my Physics II final in college. I had a spare set, but it sucked having to change batteries on the fly eating up precious test-taking time. I also lost some of the pre-programmed routines I had worked on.

    Therefore, in true nerd fashion, I want an Atomic Calculator. Oh, and a lead-lined pocket protector to go with it.

    <img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8007/7651925912_12619d0e67.jpg&quot; width="375" height="500" alt="My most useful tool">

    • CaptianNemo2001

      Atomic Batteries have already been suggested for submarines… Think super micro reactors to recharge submarine batteries.

      • You aren't thinking out of the box enough! I'm thinking a small liquid sodium-potassium thermionic converter driven by a nuclear reactor. No batteries at all!

        • jeepjeff

          If it's good enough for Cassini…

    • The Professor

      Hmph. I'm still smarting from the reaction I got from the board when I showed them the plutonium AA batteries that I had made. I haven't gotten even with the dean for throwing a stapler at me either. Bastard!

    • No HP 48 series, I'm disappointed in you.

      • Oh how I lusted after a 48GX in college. Instead, I had a TI 82. When I went to take the PE exam, the TI 82 was not on the "allowed calculator" list. Neither was the 48 series. The 33s was, so that's what I got. I do love my little 33s.

        Yes, I love my calculator. Don't judge me.

  • aastrovan

    The Answer might be Solar Toasters.
    Slow but efficient.

    • CaptianNemo2001

      Mr. Steam Turbine is more efficient and has blades of FURY.

  • I'm voting for cellphones.

    (This from spending an hour tonight trying to get my dad's Samsung Galaxy S to take a charge… not exactly a shining moment for the micro-USB connector design.)

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