Food Trucks are hitting the big time--across much of America, they're changing the way we eat. From humble beginnings as chuck wagons and hot dog carts, they've taken off as ethnic eateries, gourmet specialists, and even high-tech mega trucks that serve thousands at disaster scenes. Not surprisingly, it takes some pretty sophisticated engineering to make it all work--and turn a truck into a kitchen on wheels.
Discover how spicy salsa gets its peppery kick; a tangy ancient cheese once made by monks gets a modern makeover; crunchy fortune cookies come sweet, tasty and packed full of good advice; and a popular summertime snack gets stuffed with ice creamy coolness.
Discover how smooth caramel and milky chocolate combine with scrumptious pretzels to produce a perfect salty sweet snack; the makers of Jelly Bellys get those mouth-watering flavors into their jellybeans; lip-smacking Korean dumplings are jam-packed with savory spices and healthy veggies; and meaty, finger-licking Cornish pasties get their signature shape from an underground connection.
Discover how irresistibly flaky sausage rolls, fluffy marshmallow Easter treats, sweet and sour lollipops, and zesty, crunchy pita puffs get to the masses. From raw materials to finished products, FOOD FACTORY reveals the wonders of how food is really made.
Discover how crispy, cheesy pizza goes from simple slice to portable pocket; refreshing ginger beer gets that sweet and spicy pop; powdered sugar is pressure packed into tangy tart double flavor lollipops; and addictive chocolate toffee nut clusters get their bite-sized crunchy shapes.
Explore our collection of famous black entrepreneurs, including L.A. Reid, Tyler Perry, Tyra Banks, Magic Johnson, George Foreman, Madam C.J. Walker, Wally Amos, Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, Will Smith, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Queen Latifah, Richard D. Parsons, Robert L. Johnson, Sheila Johnson, Don King, Berry Gordy Jr., Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, Usher and Oprah Winfrey.
They are among history's most revered black inventors, known for their relentless inquisition, passionate research, impeccable design and, most importantly, their desire to push the envelope. Some of the world's greatest technological and social advancements, including the modern-day gas mask, light bulb and traffic light, owe their origins to black inventors. Did you know that George Washington Carver developed more than 100 products using peanuts? Or that Madam C.J. Walker was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire? Learn more about these inventors, as well as Lonnie G. Johnson, Garrett Morgan, Patricia Bath, Percy Julian and more, at Biography.com.
When it comes to famous black scientists, George Washington Carver, Mae C. Jemison, and Neil Degrasse Tyson probably come to mind. But do you know about Otis Boykin and how he's helped old hearts beat a little better? And how about Garrett Morgan, whose inventions have kept hair straighter, clothes fitter, and traffic more efficient? Learn more about these famous black scientists and more.
Everyday life is constantly changing and improving thanks to the ingenious ideas of famous inventors past and present. What once seemed impossible is now possible, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s forward-thinking concepts for flying machines (airplanes), Benjamin Franklin’s useful inventions like bifocals and the lightning rod, and Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary “talking machine” (telephone).
The modern era has also produced life-changing advancements whether in science, medicine, the arts, digital media. Music-makers can thank Les Paul for his amazing guitars, while Elon Musk launched the world's first commercial space ship, Steve Jobs' Apple products have made technology beautiful, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page's Google has changed how the world searches for information. These and so many other famous inventors and their creations changed the course of human history. See all inventors.
Is it something in the water? Both Ocean's Eleven star George Clooney and celebrity heartthrob Johnny Depp hail from the "Bluegrass State," where Clooney lived up until his acting career took off in the 1980’s.
Check out our full list of Kentucky-born celebs, which runs the gamut from 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln to heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali.