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Pick up any pack chips, and there are many different sorts available in the market. Pick any amongst them and try measuring the chips inside one pack. They may belong to the same brand, same product, even the same packet, but they will never be the same size. It’s kind of like how there are never two same fingerprints in the world (Okay, that may be stretching it, comparing the chips to prints). But the point remains that those other chips will always be somewhat different. But then there is pringles!

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The back story

Don’t you just love them, their taste, and that perfect little stack that comes out of the can? Ever wonder how that stack is even possible? Or that that stack enables more chips to fit in one can without wasting space? Well, that’s because there is a backstory to the shape of pringles ships.

So the shape comes as a solution to a critical problem. The issue with potato chips was always that they become greasy, they break easily, or they go stale. So a chemist decided to employ his knowledge of mathematics and came up with a solution.

The math? or was it chemistry?

The solution was to make the chips in the shape of a saddle or mathematically known as hyperbolic paraboloids. These chips now do not get greasy or break away during transportation (well, at least not all). So for how perfect your pringles look, you have Fredric Baur to thank.

Fun fact about Fredric Baur, he loved his chip and can design so much that when he died, his ashes were buried in Pringles cans upon his request.

So next time you buy the Pringles, you can remember that the cans were employed in ash burial. And as you eat the chips, repeat the name ‘hyperbolic paraboloids’ after each chip. Maybe this will help you ensure you do not overeat because, my friends, it is quite possible considering it is so delectable.

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