Just to annoy!
We here at Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton were never convinced that doing things to spite people ever led to anything good; but we just have to reconsider this. We’ve been researching the amazing things that have happened when someone just wants to annoy someone else and here are our two favourites.
The first story relates to the origins of the humble crisp. It’s impossible to say for sure who first thought of the idea of frying slices of potato thin enough to read a newspaper through and drenching them in salt. This being said, one of the most popular origin theories for crisps is that they were invented by a chef entirely to annoy a finicky customer.
The story goes that potato chips were invented by a New York based chef named George Crum in the 1850s after he got into a heated argument with a customer. According to most versions of the tale, the customer repeatedly complained that Crum’s chips were cut too thickly, with some versions positing that the customer also complained that they were neither cooked nor salted enough. An annoyed Crum is said to have responded to this by slicing some potatoes as thinly as he could and frying the heck out of them.
To Crum’s astonishment, the customer ended up enjoying the crisps or “potato fries” and other customers, intrigued by the whole affair ordered what he was having.
On to the second story. According to Ferruccio Lamborghini, the namesake of world famous elite car manufacturer that now bears his name, the only reason he started his company was because of an argument over a Ferrari. Prior to making the kind of cars that I can only dream of owning, Lamborghini ran a very successful tractor business that also sold air conditioners. So successful, in fact, that he was able to buy himself a number of Ferraris, all of which he claims were plagued by a single, persistent problem with the clutch. Lamborghini eventually got so frustrated by this that he decided to complain about the issue to the main man, Enzo Ferrari himself.
In a 1991 interview with Thoroughbred & Classic Cars, an elderly Ferruccio Lamborghini recalled that this meeting went incredibly badly and resulted in Enzo Ferrari angrily ejecting Lamborghini from his office. Ferrari was apparently incensed by Lamborghini’s gall and laughed off his complaints, quipping as he slammed the door “you may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari properly.”
According to Lamborghini, this singular comment is pretty much the only reason he decided to start making super cars, meaning the only reason Lamborghini even exists is because the owner wanted to spite Ferrari.