Potato chips. In the 1800s in New York, a customer at a restaurant sent back French fries because they were too thick. The cook made thinner ones that the customer still thought were too thick. Exasperated, the chef made ones that were exceedingly thin to piss off the customer... who loved them.
The Education Secretary's ability to brush aside the past work of so many is worrying as well as sad
Michael Gove's silliness reached a new peak in his comments on the First World War
Former members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have a lot to offer – experience of life, for a start
Fiona Sturges picks this year's must-hear radio
Lord Kitchener will appear on the new £2 coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War
The BBC should be doing much more to take schoolteaching seriously
The presenter said she recognised details of the supposed ‘fake’, bought for just £400 from her work on a programme about the 17th century master
Private Alex Stringer, of the Royal Logistic Corps, was 20 when he was blown up in Afghanistan: "The reason I lost my left leg so high up is because the burning paint cooked my left leg all the way down to the bone. But if I hadn't set myself on fire, I would have bled out and died – as a result of it, all the arteries became cauterised".
The Lord of the Rings trilogy made billions of dollars at the box office and now the story of the author who created those fantasy worlds is to be brought to the silver screen.
Queen Victoria was a fan – and an African superstar’s grandfather an early performer. John Clarke looks back at the hidden history of Europe’s links to black singers and performers
Grace Jones was the oldest person in Britain and the last person in this country to have been born in the 1800s, during the reign of Queen Victoria. Her 113 years of life encompassed the invention of the aeroplane, the development of electronic communications and two world wars. She was the sixth oldest person in the world.
Six bottles from 1914 were, according to legend, harvested as German forces approached
Francis Golding was one of the country's leading architectural, planning and conservation consultants, and had a big influence on the look of contemporary London. He died from injuries sustained in one of the cycling accidents that occurred in Central London on 5 November. Golding's major clients included Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Terry Farrell, Rick Mather, Rafael Viñoli, Jean Nouvel and Michael Hopkins. With Foster he worked on the "Gherkin"; with Nouvel on One New Change, also in the City of London; and with Rogers he consulted on the controversial Chelsea Barracks. He was cross about the Prince of Wales's intervention, though in the case of the Prince's Poundbury development in Dorset, he said, "I've seen the past and it works."
Harold Jellicoe Percival, who was a distant relative of Spencer Perceval, served as RAF ground crew with Bomber Command during the Second World War
Estimated 4,000 people were in Trafalgar Square to observe the silence