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A Man Was Buried Inside A Pringles Can

Potato chips

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • chemist: a person who conducts chemical research
  • uniform: the same
  • patent: a license that gives an inventor the right to be the only seller of a specific design
  • stack: a pile of items placed on top of each other
  • urn: a container that human ashes are buried in
  • remains: the parts leftover of a dead body

A Man Was Buried Inside A Pringles Can

Fredric Baur’s last wish was to have his ashes inside a Pringles can. Baur was a chemist and food storage technician for Procter and Gamble. He designed the potato chip that holds a tall stack of curved chips. Unlike other chips (also called crisps) that are sold in a bag, Pringles are uniform in colour, , and size. The patent for the their packaging was filed in 1966 and approved in 1970. In 2008, Baur’s children honoured his to be buried inside his own invention. They chose a can of Pringles “Original” on their way to the . Some of Baur’s remains did not fit inside the can and were placed in an urn. Pringles are sold in over 140 countries around the world.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was Fredric Baur famous for?
  2. How are Pringles chips different from traditional chips or crisps?
  3. Why did Baur’s children also require an urn?

Discussion Questions: Pringles cans are iconic around the world. What other packaging is easily recognized by its unique shape or appearance?

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