The Inventor Of The Pringles Can Was Cremated And Buried In One Of Them


Consider the amusing fact that the person who invented the tube had his ashes buried in one the next time you take your hand out of a Pringles can and lick the leftover flavouring off your fingertips.

That’s one way to ruin a Texas BBQ binge.

Even if that sounds morbid, it’s true.

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Cincinnati native Fredric J. Baur, 89, died on May 4, 2008, and was buried in one of his colourful Pringles can creations because he was so proud of it.

Baur spent his whole career at Procter & Gamble, the manufacturer of Head & Shoulders, Gillette, and Ariel, as an organic chemist and food storage technologist.

Known for his expertise in the company’s R&D and quality control, Baur is credited with coming up with the concept for Pringles in the middle of the 1950s while trying to find a replacement for potato chips.

Baur created the unique curved shape of the crisps and the tube to retain them because he realised that existing goods were frequently stale and damaged.

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Baur submitted a patent application in 1966 for the tubular Pringles container as well as the procedure for stacking the bent chips inside.

Before Baur left the company in the early 1980s, the patent was issued in 1970.

The crisps are still a party and snack favourite decades later, and Baur was so proud of his creation that he asked to be buried in one of the infamous cans.

Once Baur passed away, his children honoured the request and buried some of the containers with some of his cremated ashes in the Ohio suburb of Springfield Township.

Uncertainty surrounds the flavour of Baur’s burial can, but we can only hope it wasn’t a tube of sour cream and onion.

Even if they may taste wonderful, nobody wants to be exposed to that odour forever.

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The majority of the ashes were placed in a third container and given to his grandson, while the rest of the ashes, most likely those that didn’t fit in the can, were buried in an urn at the same location.

According to Baur’s son Lawrence, his father requested the burial plan because he was proud of the Pringles container he created.

Although if the tubes occasionally make it painfully difficult to reach the crisps, it is evident that he had good reason to be proud given that they are still in use today.