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Two Snack Food Veterans Buried With Their Products

You may have heard that the inventor of Doritos died this week. Arch West was the marketing vice president at Frito-Lay in 1964 when he and his family took a trip to southern California. Like many of us tend to do when we’re traveling, West grabbed a quick snack for the road - a bag of toasted tortillas. A lightbulb went off in his head, and when he went back to work, he pitched an idea for a cheesy corn tortilla snack (his previous experience as a cheese salesman also surely had a little influence). Execs weren’t totally convinced, but they did make enough sample chips to do a little consumer testing. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the first Doritos were sold to the public in 1966. You’ve probably noticed that they went over pretty well.

The 97-year-old West died in Dallas last week and the funeral is this weekend. The family mentioned that they plan to throw a few Doritos chips in to the grave. I’m guessing they’ll probably go with the classic Nacho Cheese flavor, but one thing’s for sure: it won’t be last year’s Late Nite Cheeseburger. West tested them before they hit the market, and he promptly spit them out.

Oddly enough, the Frito-Lay executive isn’t the first member of the snack food industry to be buried with his product. In 2008, Fredric Baur, the man who invented the distinctive tube Pringles chips come in, told his family he wanted to spend eternity in his invention. The innovative chip can wasn’t terribly popular at first - people apparently liked rooting through bags of chips (or maybe they just had a hard time letting go of such a familiar action).

When Baur first mentioned the idea to his kids back in the ‘80s, they didn’t take him seriously. But the subject kept coming up, and when Baur passed away, the family made a pitstop on the way to the funeral home to pick up a can of Pringles from Walgreens. The Baur family went with the original flavor.

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The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, Top10RealEstateDeals.com reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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