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Pringles Can Designer Dies, Buried In a Pringles Can

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the can-you-hear-me-now dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 261

n3hat sends along an item from the Cincinnati Enquirer: "Dr. Fredric J. Baur was so proud of having designed the container for Pringles... that he asked his family to bury him in one. His children honored his request. Part of his remains was buried in a Pringles can — along with a regular urn containing the rest... Dr. Baur, a retired organic chemist and food storage technician who specialized in research and development and quality control for Procter & Gamble, died May 4 at 89... He developed many products, including frying oils and a freeze-dried ice cream, for P&G... But the Pringles can was his proudest accomplishment, his daughter said. He received a patent for the package as well as the method of packaging Pringles in 1970."

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FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615117)

What took so long?

Re:FP (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615309)

Do you "first post" trolls want to be buried in the first lot in the cemetery? You have to be the first dead, I hate to tell ya.

Re:FP (1)

joaommp (685612) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615737)

I think he meant what took so long to post this since Dr. Bauer's death which, like the article states, was at May 4th, and it's already June 1st.

aha (5, Funny)

rakslice (90330) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615119)

so that's what they're made out of...

Re:aha (2, Funny)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615199)

so that's what they're made out of...
Didn't you know? Solyent Green is people.

Re:aha (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615791)

and Solyent Plaid is Scottish people?

Pringles cans suck. (5, Insightful)

3p1ph4ny (835701) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615121)

I can't get my hand in them to get the chips out of the bottom.

Re:Pringles cans suck. (5, Informative)

SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615133)

Have you tried tilting the can?

Re:Pringles cans suck. (3, Informative)

zoogies (879569) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615381)

Crumbs.

Re:Pringles cans suck. (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615407)

With a bit of skill crumbs are no problem. There is a little "hump" at the top of a Pringles can which can deal with crumbs fairly well. And if everything fails, there's still the option to hold your hand under the can to collect them. Gravity is your friend.

Well, unless you eat too many...

Re:Pringles cans suck. (1)

TitusC3v5 (608284) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615151)

I feel your pain. I too have problems with my hands swelling after excessive amounts of masterbation.

Re:Pringles cans suck. (5, Funny)

glitch23 (557124) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615179)

I too have problems with my hands swelling after excessive amounts of masterbation.

Obviously. It seems to affect your typing.

Re:Pringles cans suck. (2, Funny)

TitusC3v5 (608284) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615401)

Sorry, hands were still sticky at the time.

Re:Pringles cans suck. (2, Funny)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615721)

Sorry, hands were still sticky at the time.
Might help you get those chips out of the bottom of the can.

Good for crumb collection too, if you lick your fingers.

Re:Pringles cans suck. (2, Insightful)

phagstrom (451510) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615165)

That's the smart bit. If your hand is too big to fit in the Pringles can, you should stop eating them. The Pringles Diet....maybe I should write a book or something.

Re:Pringles cans suck. (5, Funny)

ABasketOfPups (1004562) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615669)

"If your hand is too big to fit in the Pringles can, you should stop eating them. "

Yes, for heaven's sake, stop eating your hands.

Re:Pringles cans suck. (2, Funny)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615171)

No way man!!!

Pringles cans rule!!!

They make excellent cheap Darth Vader voice modulators!

Try speaking into an empty one with your best James Earl Jones impression to do a Darth Vader.

Makes for an excellent party trick ;)

Hmmm... I wonder what flavoer Dr. Baur was buried in...

Re:Pringles cans suck. (4, Funny)

bumby (589283) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615483)

If only the can was designed to have a lid at the bottom as well...

Re:Pringles cans suck. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615601)

"The self regulating nature of Pringles - if your hand can't fit in the tube anymore, you probably shouldn't be eating them anyway."

Re:Pringles cans suck. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615711)

And it's next to impossible to fit a body in one, believe me.

Try something different (0, Flamebait)

Pasajero (164368) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615127)

Container might be good, but the product sucks. Go get some Sabritas instead.

one advantage (5, Funny)

nerdonamotorcycle (710980) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615137)

At least he'll be able to get good wi-fi.

Re:one advantage (3, Funny)

StarfishOne (756076) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615537)

This isn't a "cantenna"! This is a "cancasket" :O

Re:one advantage (2, Funny)

StarfishOne (756076) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615547)


Oh, forgive me Lords of Pun and Wordplay, but with seeing the username "doyoulikeworms (1094003)" being" listed above... I just wonder if I just opened up a "can of worms"? :O

Ok, on a more serious note: thank you for the design Mr. Baur!

It could have been worse (5, Funny)

nobodyman (90587) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615161)

He developed many products, including frying oils and a freeze-dried ice cream, for P&G... But the Pringles can was his proudest accomplishment...

Let's just be thankful he was so proud of the pringles can. I'm uncomfortable with the thought of him being freeze-dried or, even worse, fried.

Re:It could have been worse (3, Interesting)

vidarh (309115) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615619)

You wouldn't like this [boingboing.net] then. A Swedish company is offering freeze drying of corpses as a more environmentally friendly alternative to cremation.

Re:It could have been worse (1)

ABasketOfPups (1004562) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615673)

I would be in no way stunned to find out the normal contents of a Pringles can were in fact, freeze dried, then fried, before being stamped into the same shape and stacked.

The first question that popped into my head was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615187)

...who had the fun of eating the pringles out of the can before the, uh, interment?

It was a good design... (2, Informative)

lpangelrob (714473) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615191)

...much better than the ubiquitous aluminum foil bag that chips now come in, which is 50 to 70% air (by design, so the chips don't smash each other in transit).

That said, my hands are large enough that I usually can't reach the bottom 20% of the can. If they widened the Pringles can design so that my hands could reach the lingering chips on the bottom, that'd make my decade.

Re:It was a good design... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615217)

"That said, my hands are large enough that I usually can't reach the bottom 20% of the can. If they widened the Pringles can design so that my hands could reach the lingering chips on the bottom, that'd make my decade."

Sometimes you just have to let the hard to reach ones go.

Re:It was a good design... (1)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615233)

That said, my hands are large enough that I usually can't reach the bottom 20% of the can. If they widened the Pringles can design so that my hands could reach the lingering chips on the bottom, that'd make my decade.

Yes, but that would make it less entertaining to watch people try to reach the bottom 20% of the can. That's up to two solid decades of humor for me, and counting!

Re:It was a good design... (4, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615245)

Ah, so you're suggesting that they need to adjust for inflation ... of the American population. :)

Re:It was a good design... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615257)

Yeah 75% gas, not "air". It's nitrogen in the can before you tear the seal, they stay frsh forever.

Re:It was a good design... (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615261)

That said, my hands are large enough that I usually can't reach the bottom 20% of the can. If they widened the Pringles can design so that my hands could reach the lingering chips on the bottom, that'd make my decade.
There was no innovation or competition in the field of pringles-shaped cans for chips for the longest time, since they had a patent on the concept.

That included triangular, square, rectangular, etc shaped cans.
It's only recently that anyone other than Proctor and Gamble was able to stack chips in a can.

Re:It was a good design... (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615415)

Please see comment further up in the thread, in which poster suggests tilting the can.

Re:It was a good design... (2, Insightful)

Fumus (1258966) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615551)

Interestingly, a very similar idea is used to trap monkeys without harming them. They put a long hollow tube attached to the ground and put some food in it. The monkeys put their hand in there and once they grab the food they can't squeeze their fist back through the tube. Most of the time they won't let go of the food, thus keeping themselves trapped.

Re:It was a good design... (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615591)

The can is definitly a better use of space.

But the bag, uses about the same amount of plastic as the cap of a pringles can, so there is much less waste, and is cheaper to produce.

Although the can can be used again, it rarely is, especially by people who eat Pringles often.

Pringle's Can? Boring! (5, Funny)

elnico (1290430) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615205)

You should have seen what Felix Klein was buried in [wikipedia.org].

Re:Pringle's Can? Boring! (4, Informative)

sam_v1.35b (1296319) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615285)

From wikipedia: a certain non-orientable surface, i.e., a surface ... with no distinct "inner" and "outer" sides So, technically, he wasn't buried *in* it :)

Re:Pringle's Can? Boring! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615421)

You obviously haven't read the news yet. He requested burial in said container, but the company hired to produce the container is still failing to produce a successful model. The SBIR grant for it was unfortunately indefinite and black budget, unfortunately they were too embarrassed to disclose the solicitation publicly and so the CIA was created to bury the projects finances in something equally dubious.

Environmental Impact (5, Interesting)

bazald (886779) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615255)

I remember visiting a recycling center when I was in elementary school. One particular item that they picked on as being very difficult to recycle was the Pringles can. A bizarre combination of metal, cardboard, and plastic, it is almost impossible for them to get the components apart.

So, no thanks for failing to consider the environmental impact of your design.

Re:Environmental Impact (2, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615299)

So, no thanks for failing to consider the environmental impact of your design.
That's unfair. The Pringles can is robust enough to be used for many other purposes. Who says you need to throw it away? Just because unthinking Joe Sixpack decides to throw something out doesn't make it the fault of the designer.

Re:Environmental Impact (3, Interesting)

Scruffy Dan (1122291) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615379)

Actually it does. Designers should realize what the general public (aka: unthinking Joe Sixpack) will do with their products, not what some idealized consumer will do. Also while I don't eat that many pringles (no more than 5 cans a year at most) I can't figure out what to so with that many cans.

Re:Environmental Impact (2, Interesting)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615389)

Yeah, I recall something along those lines, building a long range wi-fi antenna with a Pringles can, right?

Re:Environmental Impact (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615399)

So, no thanks for failing to consider the environmental impact of your design.

I think the health impact of a "food" consisting of fat, starch, salt and chemical flavourings was probably worse.

Troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615433)

Let's see ... starch ... good source of calories, a lot better for you and the environment then the amercian standard of beef. Vegetable oil, isntead of lard, probably a good thing; fat soluble minerals can't be absorbed without it. And, again, it's not cows, which are an environmental disaster. Satl, well, drink more water if you eat that much salt. Chemical flavorings ... ooh, scarry, you said "chemical" But, reading the can I have handy, it says peppers, vinegar, paprika and natural flavors. The "chemicals" are preservatives. Probably not good for you, but not as scarry as you make it sound. You, sir, are a retarded troll.

Re:Environmental Impact (1)

d0mokun (1227718) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615457)

I think that overshoots the point a bit.. the can designer isn't going to take into account what the end product is made of- his job is to design the packaging. Not the food.

Re:Environmental Impact (1)

felipekk (1007591) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615531)

He invented it almost 50 years ago, when people weren't that worried with global warming and the environment. This, of course, cannot be used as an excuse for them to keep using a container that is not environmental friendly. Just don't blame the creator, ok?

Re:Environmental Impact (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615569)

They've been moving to straight plastic tubes, lately. Maybe not much better [oneplusone...sthree.com], but at least its something resembling an effort...

Re:Environmental Impact (1)

evilviper (135110) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615549)

One particular item that they picked on as being very difficult to recycle was the Pringles can. A bizarre combination of metal, cardboard, and plastic, it is almost impossible for them to get the components apart.

It's pretty unfair to single out Pringles, when juice boxes have the exact same drawbacks. Besides, it's not like traditional potato chip bags are exactly a joy for recyclers...

Not to mention that "recyclable" isn't the be-all, end-all. If some form of packaging is effective enough, it can be counterproductive to shun it. Besides, recycling technology advances every year.

Re:Environmental Impact (3, Interesting)

khallow (566160) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615585)

Recycling is the classic example of why just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should do it. Even if one ignores the difficulties of seperating the components of a Pringle's can, I doubt there's anything in a Pringle's can that is worth recycling now much less then. Nor do I see the point to making the can out of something more recyclable. More goods are wasted with shoddy packaging. More time is wasted when people have to sort trash so that some money-losing recycling center can pretend to save the environment and landfill space.

Re:Environmental Impact (1)

Valacosa (863657) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615667)

It's why I feel guilty buying Pringles here. The recycling guys won't even pick the cans up.

Re:Environmental Impact (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615701)

http://eteam.ncpa.org/commentaries/recycling-is-a-waste

http://mises.org/story/1911

or not.

Someone had to say it... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615263)

"I think Pringles' initial intention was to make tennis balls. But on the day that the rubber was supposed to show up, a big truckload of potatoes arrived. But Pringles was a laid-back company. They said "Fuck it. Cut 'em up."

-Mitch Hedberg

Re:Someone had to say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615431)

That was my first thought after hearing this story.

Re:Someone had to say it... (1)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615713)

They don't cut the potatoes up. They mash them and then make the Pringles out of that. :-P

a patent for storing stuff in a cylinder? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615275)

So patent abuse isn't a recent thing, then.

I guess by "proudest achievement" he either means that it's the only patent the layperson understands or it's the one that made him the most money. As a mathematician I'd be glassed with a Klein bottle if I sounded all "hai guys i hav a gr8 idea" and that idea was fitting stuff in a cylinder. Neighbo(u)rhoods of saddle points, even.

Smarter than we give him credit for. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615301)

(@Gunrun) Pringles are clever
(@Gunrun) they're like... self regulating
(@Gunrun) if you can't fit your hand into the tube to get more
(@Gunrun) then you probably shouldn't be getting more anyway

Brazier (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615313)

So that guy who invented the bra...

Steve Jobs in a Mac?

Bill Gates squashed into a floppy? He'll at least be "micro" and "soft".

Re:Brazier (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615393)

You miss the important thing. He'll at least be dead.

Ok, that was uncalled for. I'd already be happy if his company died.

Re:Brazier (1)

dgun (1056422) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615507)

You miss the important thing. He'll at least be dead.

And in the 9th ring of hell. Amen.

Re:Brazier (1)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615639)

Given the 9th circle of hell is for traitors, I'm wondering who you think he's betrayed. Although I guess being frozen in a block of ice is kind of appropriate punishment for all those frozen Windows systems.

Re:Brazier (4, Funny)

servognome (738846) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615413)

Linus Torvalds in an open casket so you can dig through the source

Re:Brazier (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615463)

Linus Torvalds in an open casket so you can dig through the source

Hell, that vision alone is making me switch back to Vista.
     

Re:Brazier (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615473)

Linus Torvalds in an open casket so you can dig through the source

But SCO claims an arm and a leg.
     

Re:Brazier (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615611)

Actually, thats a curious thought, I wonder what the ratio is between proprietary coders, and open source coders donating their body/organs for science/medical uses.

Re:Brazier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615557)

Bill Gates squashed into a floppy? He'll at least be "micro" and "soft".
I think he already is. Just ask his wife. *ba-da-BOOM* Thanks, I'll be here all evening.

Re:Brazier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615697)

Brazier? I've heard of burning bras but, hey, burning your tits off? Ouch.

Do you have Dr. Baur in a can? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615437)


EOM

Potential mistake (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615441)

Grave Digger A: "Dude, all this digging is making me hungry. Let's hurry up so we can catch a sandwich or something."

Digger B: "Hey, whatta coincidence. I just found a can of Pringles down here. Here ya go."

Digger A: "Bleck, they're stale and crumbled. Hey, do you still have that Twinkie we found last week?"

Digger B: "Yes, but I do have doubts that its really a Twinkie."

Digger A: "You worry too much; hand it over."
     

My wife was his real estate agent... (1)

fractalrock (662410) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615459)

...if I remember correctly. It has been a few years, but there was a few months when she talked about him (and, notably, his family). Not sure if she was buyer/seller agent or whatever but she got to know the guy fairly well.

There are plenty of juicy details to tell, but I'm not fully awake and my memory is failing me. I wouldn't want to spread any non-factual gossip and rumors.

I'll ask her tomorrow and repost.

All hail... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615525)

...the creator of cheap, directional wireless antennas!

And how many have died? (0, Offtopic)

LM741N (258038) | more than 5 years ago | (#23615715)

From the resultant "Pringles Syndrome" heart disease?

Here is their Secret formula (shh, don't tell anyone): Take 1lb of lard, add 1 oz potato mash, fry, put in can, profit!!

Bury him deep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23615763)

I hope they bury him deep, otherwise he may be used as a covert Pringles WIFI antenna
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