Hollywood Humor: Cary Grant's Muffins
In 1853 in Saratoga Springs, New York, American Indian Chef
George Crum was preparing his specialty French fried potatoes in
the upscale resort he was working at, when he received word that
one of the patrons complained they were cut too thick. An
annoyed Crum decided to slice the delicacy razor thin to teach
the customer a lesson. To his surprise the guest loved it, and
that's how we got potato chips.
Nearly one hundred years later another squeaky wheel named Cary
Grant was having breakfast at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, when he
noticed that his bread dish had three half muffins. The very
rich but frugal actor called the waiter over for an explanation.
He had ordered muffins and wondered why he had only been served
a muffin and a half. When neither the waiter nor the manager had
a sufficient answer, Grant made several phone calls until he
tracked down Conrad Hilton himself, vacationing in Istanbul. The
top man explained that most customers left the fourth half
uneaten so the hotel stopped serving them. When the star accused
Hilton of false advertising, the Baron ordered that beginning
with Grant, the fourth half would be served from now on. The now
satisfied star finished his meal and paid his bill, complete
with nearly $100 in phone charges.