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Bread Overhead

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Published: 1958
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,012 / 26 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,758
Added to site: 2007.09.12 18191

The Staff of Life suddenly and disconcertingly sprouted wings--and mankind had to eat crow!

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went from green to Puffyloaf white and blurted: "All right, I did it, but it was the only way out! Yesterday morning, due to the Ukrainian crisis, the government stopped sales and deliveries of all strategic stockpiled materials, including helium gas. Puffy's new program of advertising and promotion, based on the lighter loaf, was already rolling. There was only one thing to do, there being only one other gas comparable in lightness to helium. I diverted the necessary quantity of hydrogen gas from the Hydrogenated Oils Section of our Magna-Margarine Division and substituted it for the helium."

"You substituted ... hydrogen ... for the ... helium?" Phineas T. Gryce faltered in low mechanical tones, taking four steps backward.

"Hydrogen is twice as light as helium," Tin Philosopher remarked judiciously.

"And many times cheaper--did you know that?" Roger countered feebly. "Yes, I substituted hydrogen. The metal-foil wrapping would have added just enough weight to counteract the greater buoy

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

A satire on business, advertising, and politics. Bread is manufactured with the wrong gas injected at the factory, and literally becomes "lighter than air". While no governments topple, a secret plan for world peace advances.

Funny story, though at times a bit silly. The characters don't have much depth, but that's to be expected.

Leah A. Zeldes

Loaves take to the air in this short story about puffy white bread gone to extremes. Very silly.



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