Pat Shingleton for Friday, July 26, 2013

You may be thinking of Abe Doumar, Albert Kabbaz, Arnold Fornachou, or David Avayou during our final weekend in July. All claim to have invented the ice cream cone. Weatherwise Magazine and the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project identify Charles E. Menches as the inventor. He and his brother Frank also claim the invention of the hamburger in Hamburg, N.Y. They originally topped Parisian waffles with ice cream then wrapped warm waffles around a cone-shaped splicing tool for tent ropes to create the cone. Syrian immigrant Ernest Hamwi contended he provided the Menches boys with a zalabia, another waffle concoction when they ran out of glass cups. In 1903, Italo Marchiony patented a pastry cup machine for ice cream. July 23 is Ice Cream Day. Fastcast: A repeat.