They're unbeatable — the king of chips. If you say you don't like them, you're probably lying. The invention of potato chips can be pinpointed to a specific time and place: 1853, in Saratoga Springs. Supposedly, an irksome patron of the Moon Lake Lodge sent back his fried potatoes, asking for them to be crunchier. Chef George Crum, known by several accounts as a tough old character (with several wives), cut the potatoes viciously thin and salted them vengefully, hoping to annoy the customer. Instead, he made history.