‘Which inventions were created by accident?’

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.

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Our technology expert reflects on this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

Nick Griffin stars in first cookery role as BNP TV chef offering ‘traditional British fare’

In bizarre twist for recently-bankrupt politician, Mr Griffin provides what he calls his ‘Recipe for beating the Tory blues’

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Grey matter: Inside Maria Hatzistefanis' Notting Hill home

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Foodini: the £835 machine that 'prints' food in your kitchen

A Spanish start-up has created a 3D printer for food, expected to sell in 2014

The Chancellor will claim that his previous cuts in corporation tax will generate more revenue over time than they cost

Autumn Statement 2013: George Osborne to unveil £3bn of further cuts

But Chancellor will announce rates relief for businesses and tax break for married couples

Revealed: Guantanamo suspects were 'turned' into double agents at secret facility

CIA paid millions of dollars to small band of inmates who were recruited to spy on al-Qa’ida leaders

Caffeine fix: 10 best coffee machines

Double expresso, skinny latte, cappuccino….however you take your coffee, there’s a machine that can make you a perfect cup without leaving the kitchen. We round up the best of the bunch

 

To heat or not to heat: How much is too much central heating for student houses in winter

Nothing causes more arguments. So how much should you have the heating on?

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Stay the Night: Lendal Tower, York

Once part of the city walls, then a water tower, this medieval building now accepts guests. Holly Williams takes a step back

‘There’s something about making a roast which is almost like a dance’

I should say at this point, I’m not a bad cook.

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