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African-American Contributions to Science

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George Crum: Potato Chips

In 1853, George Crum accidentally invented one of the world’s greatest snack foods, the potato chip, after a patron of the restaurant he worked at sent back a soggy plate of fries. Crum wanted to teach the customer a lesson, so he sliced the potatoes very thin, fried them, and loaded the plate with salt. The dish was a surprise hit. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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