When I was quite young, my parents gave me an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas one year. (My parents were big believers in not reinforcing sex stereotypes) I loved the Easy-Bake Over, as it allowed me to make cake whenever I wanted. The coolest thing was that the oven worked with only the heat of an ordinary lightbulb.
It was only this year that I became aware of the obvious. What made an Easy-Bake Oven work so well was that an ordinary incandescent lightbulb gives off 95% of its energy as heat, not light. Great for toy ovens, that is pretty lousy for both the environment and our nonrenewable resources. So, I was glad to see that Australia is trying to completely phase out the incandescent lightbulb by 2010
in favor of more efficient Compact Fluorescent bulbs.
I am also glad I have a real oven now. I think I'll go make some cake.
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