Potato Chip: 1853, Saratoga Springs, New York
Hamburger: Middle Ages, Asia
Doughnut: 16th Century, Holland
And another necessary GEEK food:
Aspirin: 1853, France
For information on when things originated, you might want to check: Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, by Charles Panati. New York: Harper & Row, 1987. paperback. 463 pages. $13.00. ISBN 0-06-096419-7.
Sent to me by Vicki Betts who adds:
"Sorry, pizza isn't in the book. Other foods include pretzels, popcorn, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, hot dogs, sandwiches, Melba toast, ketchup and other sauces, pasta, pancakes, pie, cookies, animal cookies, Graham crackers, chocolate chip cookies, chewing gum, ice cream, and ice cream cones."
Editor's Note: And here's something Geeks already knew but didn't tell us...
CHEESEBURGER MAY HELP INHIBIT SOME CANCERS (from the Chicago Tribune 2/5/96) -- The article reports on research at Purdue University which shows that a polyunsaturated fatty acid called conjugated dienoic linoleic acid, which is found in hamburger and cheese, can inhibit skin cancer in mice. The research was published in the Nutrition Reviews journal.
Thomas R. Fasulo, Editor
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