For the annual $50 membership fee, members receive a monthly recipe booklet containing suggestions for meals containing at least two rounds of toast. There are product evaluations for new toasting tools and recommendations for toasting any new brands of bread that have recently come on to the market. Member’s tips are an important part of the website and members can add the tips themselves as long as they don’t exceed 250 words in length.

There’s also a popular “I can remember” section where older members can reminisce about the good old days when all toast had to be produced in front of an open fire and would smell of coal smoke. Occasionally there are talks such as the one entitled “Interesting uses for a former toasting fork”, given by a member called Bill Wedderburn. In this hour-long presentation, Wedderburn gave members food for thought.

Toasting forks could be used to allow woodpeckers to perch on trees so as find their food in more comfort. Forks could be used to play a new indoor sport, similar to darts, where the forks were thrown at a dartboard and both prongs of the fork would count towards the throwers score, if they landed in the scoring part of the board. Toasting Forks could also be used to play a miniature form of indoor croquet and to inspect individual strands of spaghetti.    

Extract from the book 40 Strange Groups