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Five Things You Won't Believe A&W is Older Than

A&W Restaurants was founded in Lodi, CA all the way back in 1919. To give you an idea of just how long ago that was, we're highlighting five things A&W Restaurants is older than. Warning: prepare to have your mind blown. 

Adhesive Bandages

Commonly known by the brand name BAND-AID, adhesive bandages were invented by Earle Dickson in 1920, one year after Roy Allen founded A&W. 

Sliced Bread

We've all heard the expression "older than sliced bread." What may surprise you is that it's true for A&W Restaurants. That's right, A&W is actually older than sliced bread. The latter didn't make its official debut until July of 1928 — nine years after A&W started serving up its signature root beer. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ruth Wakefield created these treats in 1930, making A&W eleven years their senior. 

Ballpoint Pens

Need to jot down something important? You're likely to reach for a ballpoint pen. However, these ubiquitous writing instruments came along nineteen years after A&W in June of 1938. 

Microwave Ovens

It's hard to imagine life without a microwave but the appliance wasn't invented until 1945. By then A&W had already been around for 26 years.

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