A friend last night was excited that he had won a free cookie for knowing the answer to who invented Peanut Butter.
"It's George Washington Carver," he said. "I learned that in 5th grade!"
I'm glad he got a cookie, but frankly, I think it's silly for us to assume that an American in the late 19th, early 20th century invented something that I'm sure has been around since people started planting peanuts! Let's tell the Asians, South Americans and Africans that an American invented Peanut Butter and see what they have to say...
It is interesting, however, that George Washington Carver reputedly discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more uses for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes. Among the listed items that he suggested to southern farmers to help them economically were adhesives, axle grease, bleach, buttermilk, chili sauce, fuel briquettes, ink, instant coffee, linoleum, mayonnaise, meat tenderizer, metal polish, paper, plastic, pavement, shaving cream, shoe polish, synthetic rubber, talcum powder and wood stain. (from wikipedia.) He's a pretty interesting guy.