This Toaster Will Singe Selfies On Your Bread

07/23/2014 at 12:06 PM ET

Toaster Selfies
Courtesy Galen Lively

An inventor from Vermont is making mornings more meta.

Galen Lively, president and founder of the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, is selling custom-built toasters that can brown the image or text (Keep Calm and Eat Toast, perhaps?) of your choosing onto bread.

A custom toaster costs $75, takes 10 days to create by a team of “toast engineers” and comes with a color decal of your photograph displayed on the front.

“We haven’t gotten any inappropriate orders—yet,” says Lively, who has been in the toasted logo business for several years. Along with the Jesus toaster, which according to Investor Place was the 32nd top-selling toaster on Amazon, the company currently sells appliances that create images of the Virgin Mary, the poet Edgar Allan Poe and a peace sign.

Along with individual portraits and pets (“I am still stumped on getting long-haired cats just right,” he said), Lively has seen a high volume of wedding-related requests. Though it isn’t yet featured on his site, Lively has the capability to create a machine that toasts an image onto each side of a piece of bread. (So you and your spouse-to-be can share double billing on one slice, get it?)

“A regular toaster is already sort of a novelty wedding gift but the selfie element makes it the ultimate novelty gift,” Lively tells PEOPLE. One father is even planning to give a bride-and-groom–branded toaster 15 minutes of real-life fame. “He’s bringing the toaster to his daughter’s wedding and using it as a prop during his actual toast.”

—Lexi Dwyer

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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michaelmhughes on

Edgar ALLAN Poe. Sheesh.

Tom H. on

This would be a fun thing for children, but I would question why an adult would find it so fascinating to see their face (or an image of anything) on their toast.

Marisa Beatriz on

A little narcissistic but a funny gift.

Donnie Johnson on

Will they make nudies

Nick on

Selfies On Your Bread is great.
I want to look at my self.

Ray on

I would buy it if instead of selfies they had pre-made designs ie. Christmas, Easter, Halloween. Then it would be great fun for the kids.

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Although Windows 8 tablet would be out only next year, Microsoft cannot be discounted. It was stated to be easy to assemble and is handy for storing suitcases. Of course, that’s gotta to be our primary stat in terms of Prep Sport Fantasy Football.

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