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Who Knew?: Things You Didn't Know About Things You Know Well

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Amusing with at least one inaccuracy.

    The author asserts that Mr. Staub invented peanut butter. This is incorrect. While Staub patented a peanut butter making machine in 1903, it was Kellogg (yes, the Corn Flakes Kellogg) that popularized the "nut paste" that was the precursor of the peanut butter that we enjoy with our jelly today. It would also have been prudent to acknowledge that renowned African-American scholar and scientist George Washington Carver is widely credited with the discovery of peanut butter. However, while Carver invented over 300 uses for peanuts and approximately 118 uses for sweet potatoes in his efforts to decrease cotton farming and improve the commercial prospects for these alternative crops raised by predominantly black and poor rural farmers in the South, and while Carver's scientific and inventive prowess was acknowledged and sought after by American presidents, titans of industry like Henry Ford, and other international executives, Carver merely popularized the use of peanut butter and did not invent it. This would have been a more complete and accurate rendering of the history of peanut butter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Seems cool

    Is this the book they talk about on tv?

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    Posted March 16, 2009

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