Potato chips were invented when a restaurant chef George Crum, pissed off at a whiny customer, intentionally ruined that customer’s potato dish and served it to him in person.

The son of an African-American father and a Native American mother, Crum was working as the chef in the summer of 1853 when he incidentally invented the chip. It all began when a patron who ordered a plate of French-fried potatoes sent them back to Crum’s kitchen because he felt they were too thick, soft and not salty enough. To teach the picky patron a lesson, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as he possibly could, and then fried them until they were hard and crunchy. Finally, he added a generous heap of salt. The dish ended up being a hit with the patron and potato chips were born.

Years later, Crum opened his own restaurant that had a basket of potato chips on every table. Though Crum never attempted to patent his invention, the snack was eventually mass-produced and sold in bags – providing thousands of jobs nationwide.


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  1. Matt wrote:

    Makes it a little difficult to take this stuff seriously when you constantly make spelling and grammar errors.

    • Jason wrote:

      I agree and have been irritated by the errors too. By “incidentally” did they mean “inadvertently”? In another “Did You Know” the phrase, “crave for” was used instead of “crave” or “have a craving for”. It does hurt the believability of the facts, doesn’t it? I find it hard to re-post typos.

      • Jason wrote:

        My apology. I was wrong about the use of the word, “incidentally”. I do, however, think “inadvertently” or “unintentionally” would have been better choices but I see the writer copied and pasted directly from the source. “Crave for” is still incorrect, I believe.