Great Minds of New Haven
Most people know
that New Haven, Connecticut is reknowned for the intellectual capital
of it's inhabitants. In fact, you probably won't find smarter gas station
attendants anywhere than those in this small university town. Yes, New
Haven is the home of Yale University; one of the prestigious ivy league
schools and the brain trust of so many great minds.
Eager to learn more
about this mecca of education, Spud headed to Yale's historical gothic
library to research the history of this famed learning center. The potato
discovered that over the course of the University's 300 year history,
the school has produced many reknowned scholars - such as 'Choptop'
from 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and the 'Fonz' from TV's 'Happy
Aside from such
memorable contributions to society as the affectionate phrase 'Sit
the Yale crop has been responsible for countless other inventions that
have enriched the lives of millions the world over.
In fact, the artifical
heart was invented in Connecticut along with the first heart/lung machine.
While those certainly were important advancements, Spud found they paled
in comparison to New Haven's other inventions, like the Frisbee, the
football tackling dummy and the collapsible toothpaste tube.
though, the great minds of New Haven are best known for their gastronomic
contributions to society:
The first pizza
pie in the United States was developed and consumed here in 1900. Legend
has it that it was also the first pizza to glue itself to the cardboard
first lollipop was also invented in New Haven in 1892. Spud also learned
its origin symbolized the 'suckers' who paid the exorbitant tuition
fees to attend the University!
Aside from suckers
and pizzas, New Haven's greatest claim to fame is that it is the birthplace
of the 'hamburger'. Louis Lassen created the chopped steak sandwich
way back in 1895 at his tiny cafe called Louis Lunch nearby the Yale
campus. Lassen was such an innovator, he is rumoured to also have invented
the 'heat lamp' and the preservative that keeps burgers 'alive' for
weeks on end. The entrepreneur sold these patents to McDonald's in the
1950's and supposedly retired to live out his life in the Caribbean,
leaving his restaurant to his son to run.
All this talk about
food was making Spud hungry, so he decided to venture to Louis' fabled
restaurant to try one of these staples of the American diet at the place
that started it all. Unfortunately, when Spud arrived at the historic
eatery, it was all boarded up with big padlocks. Perhaps the preservatives
finally wore out....