While working on my paper, I couldn’t help but laugh when I realized I was writing a definition of a toaster:

A typical household toaster (different from a toaster oven) has the purpose of toasting slices of bread before consumption. Some toasters have more features than others, such as finer-grained settings for how dark the user wishes the bread to be toasted, or more slots so the user can toast bread for the entire family at once. However, the general idea of today’s toasters seems to be the same—place the bread in the toaster, press the lever, and then wait until the toast pops back up and the user can retrieve the bread slices.

I love design.

(If you really want context, I’m comparing a regular toaster to http://www.core77.com/blog/technology/the_highest_popping_toaster_in_the_world_10259.asp.)