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4 Inventions You Didn't Know Came from San Francisco

4. Fortune Cookies

fortune cookieMany people are surprised to learnĀ  that the fortune cookies that are included with most cheap Chinese take out meals actually have Japanese origins. While a few people claim to have been the person to bring the fortune cookie to America, the general consesus is that a Japanese man credit Makoto Hagiwara with the invention. It is based on a traditional Japanese cookie that was modernized in the 1890's, in the Japanese Tea Garden located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The cookies were produced in the local backery, Benkyodo.


3. Irish Coffee

irish coffeeWhile many versions of Irish coffee had been around for many years, the version that is popular today was first perfectedin San Francisco, at the Buena Vista Cafe in 1952. A travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle first had a version of the drink at the Shannon International Airport in western Ireland. After consulting with the then-mayor of the city on which dairy would work best with the drink, the cafe crafted the version we know and love today. With just coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and cream, these San Franciscans created a classic cocktail.



2. Popsicles

poopsicleAs legend has it, a man named Frank Epperson created the first popsicle by accident as an 11 year old boy in Oakland, California. After accidentally leaving ofa glass powdered soda and water with a mixing stick out during a cold night, his invention was apparently quite popular amongst classmates. However, while the evidence for this story might be a little wanting, Epperson did patent the idea for "frozen ice on a stick" in 1923. Originally dubbed the "Epsicle," the name was changed to popsicle a few years later when Epperson sold the patent to the Joe Lowe Company in New York City.



1. Jeans

jeansDenim blue jeans as we know it was invented by Jacob Davis in San Francisco during the California Gold Rush. However, realizing that he didn't have the money or business acumen to popularize his invention, he teamed up with Levi Strauss to turn the invention into a clothing empire. In 1873 the two businessmen and now partners recieved a patent from the United States government for the jeans. Using rivets to reinforce the seams that hold the jeans and pockets together, Davis and Strauss used denim as the material for their very first products. Together, they created one of the most iconic and universal aspects of men and women apparel worldwide.

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