It's Antoine-Augustin Parmentier's birthday!

He's a major part in why you get to enjoy all the delicious forms of the potato, rather than it just being dismissed as animal feed unsuitable for humans.

He didn't just get them declared edible in France; he made them sneakily desirable with tricks like posting armed guards around the "valuable" crop that were instructed to take bribes and leave them stealable at night.

Happy birthday, Antoine!

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