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17 Interesting Facts About French Fries That Will Make You Feel Smart And Hungry

There are at least 18 "types" of French fries. ENJOY.

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2. And fry samples are randomly tested there from McDonald's restaurants across America for monthly scrutiny.

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You are not allowed to wear perfume in those rooms to prevent contamination of the fries during tastings, either!

4. Burger King changed its French fry recipe in 2011 for the first time since 1998.

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They "made the new fries thicker, reduced sodium and added a coating that makes them crisper and keeps them hotter longer," according to statements at the time.

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5. Thomas Jefferson was probably the first person to "bring" fries, or some version of them, to America.

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According to Mental Floss, Jefferson detailed a recipe for fried potatoes in his writing during the early 1800s.

6. And the name "French fries" actually originated in Belgium, rather than France.

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According to National Geographic, American soldiers first came across this savory side dish during World War I in Belgium (where they had been frying potatoes since the 1600s) — and since the dominant language in Belgium is French, well, they supposedly thus named them "French fries."

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14. Many countries like Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands have French fry vending machines.

HEBBEN. Op de @WageningenUR staat de eerste volautomatische #frietpatat-machine. Heb je in 120 sec. je friet/patat. https://t.co/FhO3cBL9Xw

JEA-LOUS.

17. And finally, in the United Kingdom, the word "chip" (which they say instead of French fry) can be traced back to 1769 — it originally referred to slices or chunks of fruits or vegetables preserved with salt water.

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According to Oxford Dictionaries, "Fruit chips were typically dried or otherwise preserved, while potato chips were fried. Britain retained this usage, especially when referring to fish and chips." So, they just kept referring to fried potatoes as "chips." And, fwiw, American-style potato chips were introduced to the UK in the 1920s. To avoid confusion with their term “chip potatoes” they were called "potato crisps" or just "crisps."