George Crum: Meet the black man who invented potato chips in 1853

George Crum: Meet the black man who invented potato chips in 1853

- George Specks popularly known as George Crum was the black man that invented potato chips

- The man, who was born to an African American father and a Native American mother, invented the side dish incidentally in 1853

- George was working as a chef when he invented potato chips

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A lot of people love potato chips, but not many people know that a black man identified as George Speck invented the side dish.

George, who was popularly known as George Crum, was born to an Africa American father and a Native American mother, How Africa reports.

Legit.ng gathers that George was working as a chef when he invented potato chips incidentally in 1853.

George Crum: Meet the black man who invented potato chips in 1853
George Crum. Photo credit: How Africa
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On the day George incidentally invented the chips, Cornelius Vanderbilt had ordered a plate of French-fried potatoes but had them returned to Crum's kitchen.

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Crum reportedly made fries that were too thin to eat with a fork just to annoy the customer, but the customer was happy after eating the fries and that was how potato chips were invented.

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He is the father of the Super Soaker, which is widely known as the water pistol, How Africa reports.

Johnson is a rocket scientist, American inventor and engineer, who holds more than 120 patents.

The innovator came up with the Super Soaker in 1989 and the toy gun has earned him more than a billion dollars (N386,400,000,000) in sales.

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