How were potato chips invented?
The answer: by a disgruntled resort guest and a testy chef. In 1853, at the now demolished Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, NY, a guest ordered the new delicacy called French fries. The chef, George Crum, made them in the regular fashion and served them. The customer returned them claiming they were too thick. Crum made thinner fries and again they were returned. Aggravated, Crum made the next order of fries so thin that the customer would not be able to use a fork on them. Instead of being irked, however, the customer was delighted by the thin morsels ” crispy potato chips ” which he was happy to pick up in his fingers. How did one resourceful inventor find use for 270 tons of leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Gerald Thomas, an executive with the C.A. Swanson & Sons company, was presented with a challenge. Swanson had 10 refrigerated railroad cars, each holding more than 500,000 pounds of unsold turkey, traveling back and forth across the country because warehouse storage space was sc