This question has accumulated 689 upvotes since yesterday, and the single answer has accumulated 708 upvotes. Now, there may be questions that merit such adulation, and this one is kind of interesting, but not that interesting.
What's going on?
Two things - it's on the hot network question list, and it's on Hacker News. It's also the sort of thing that geeks find hilarious.
I'd add it doesn't have one answer - we've occasionally had to shove a few bad answers out the airlock.
These things just occasionally happen ;)
I posted the toaster question as I genuinely wanted to know what was going on with the toaster icon and was completely confused by it.
I'd googled around a bunch for it but couldn't find anything about it at the time. About half an hour after posting it I found someone else with the same question on Microsoft's own support site but no proper answer as to why that it had a toaster icon.
The accepted answer seems to be the real reason behind why it happened and it would have just been a slight curio for me but apparently it got picked up by a few people and went mad.
It's clearly not a great, useful question/answer combo but it is reasonably funny (although also not that funny) and now the next time someone wonders why their ACER wireless keyboard has a toaster icon in device manager they'll be able to much more easily find the answer in Google :)
I'd also like to just say that I didn't cross post it anywhere, it seemed to just go of it's own accord. Apparently it hit Hacker's News, Reddit and was briefly trending on Twitter.
I guess the internet just loves toast.