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by Amanda Ellsworth, Staff Writer

Despite its name, the French fry is not actually French, but originates from Belgium. According Belgian historians, poverty stricken people living in Meuse Valley during the 1600’s would often fry small fish they caught in river. When the winter months would come and freeze the river solid, they were forced to find an alternative. They began to slice potatoes and fry them instead of fish. The American soldiers stationed in Belgium during World War I nicknamed the fried potato “French Fry” because French was the official language of the Belgian Army. Decades later, we are still giving credit to the wrong country.