• Kymeria Austin

Weird News: Pringle can creator's final request

Along with other unusual news, running into one about a man being buried in a Pringles can might draw tons of attention! Let's get into the story of this fact.

Fredric John Baur, born June 14, 1918, was an American food storage technician known for designing and patenting the unique Pringles package in 1967. He also developed frying oils and freeze-dried ice cream. The Cincinnati resident and P&G employee helped inspire an amazing innovation in supermarket product packaging.

Baur was a graduate of the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, and received both his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University. He also served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation physiologist and had three children.

He retired from P&G in the early 1980s. Baur died after a battle with Alzheimer's on May 4, 2008, at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati. He was 89 years old.

The inventor was so proud of his packaging invention that he requested his cremated remains be buried inside of a Pringles can. It was then buried with most of the rest of his remains placed in a traditional urn. A second urn also contained a small portion of his remains which were given to one of his grandchildren. Up to the end of his life, Fredric Baur dreamed up the original Pringles can and now he's buried in one.

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