The Guy Who Invented McNuggets

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Man, I have got to start watching The Wire. The dialogue in this clip is top-notch, and the message is there, too.

EDIT: The chicken nugget was actually invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and it was published as an unpatented academic work. It was merely one of his more than 40 innovations involving poultry, turkey, and cold cuts. Among them were the development of revolutionary way to bind breading to chicken, co-inventing the chicken de-boning machine, and inventing the turkey and chicken hotdogs.

He is known as the “Thomas Edison” of poultry, and his name and life’s work are enshrined in the American Poultry Hall of Fame, where he will live on forever or at least until the chicken museum runs out of money.

Chicken McNuggets, on the other hand, were developed by Tyson Chicken on commission for McDonald’s in 1979, and first released in 1980. Baker’s inovations allowed the nugget-maker to shape the nuggets however they pleased, and McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets come in three shapes: the “Tombstone,” the “Boot,” and the “Circle.”

It seems, as theorized in above clip for The Wire, that the only people who made any real money off the nugget are the people on top. Go figure.

(Information used in this article comes, as always, from Wikipedia. Specifically, the articles on chicken nuggets, Chicken McNuggets, and Robert C. Baker himself.)


Written by Greg Karber

November 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Posted in Ramble

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  1. Yes, Gregory, you must start watching The Wire. In fact, start now. Right now.

    Kebin Row Row

    November 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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