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A breadbox (chiefly American) or a bread bin (chiefly British)[1] is a container for storing bread and other baked goods to keep them fresh. The process speeds up at cooler temperatures,[2] such as under refrigeration, and thus bread stored at room temperature remains fresher for longer periods than refrigerated bread. 

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Breadboxes are thus designed to:
- Keep their contents at room temperature, prolonging edible storage time.
- Have a lid loose enough to allow airflow, reducing condensation, which helps to prevent the formation of mold
- Have a lid tight enough to protect their contents from mice and all other pests, including ants and flies.

 

The most common reference to breadboxes is the phrase "Is it bigger than a breadbox?" when trying to guess what some surprise object may be.[1] This question was popularized by Steve Allen on the American game show What's My Line? where he initially asked the question on 18 January 1953. It remains a popular question in the parlor game 20 Questions. One may also be punched "in the breadbox", which is the abdomen.[citation needed]