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Last Updated: Thursday April 28 2005 13:32 GMT

Inventor of the cone

A girl eating an ice cream

A Syrian called Ernest E Hamwi is believed to have invented the ice-cream cone.

Apparently, during the 1904 St Louis World's Fair in America, his waffle booth was next to an ice-cream seller who ran short of dishes.

As a favour, Hamwi rolled a waffle to hold his ice cream and the cone was born.

Over the years, other inventors have tweaked the original design to try to make the cone drip-free.

A "dripless cake cone" was invented in the 1930s. It was a larger bowl-shape which allowed the ice cream to sit in the bottom of the cone rather than nestle on the top.

Another invention - paper aprons - which were glorified napkins, were designed to catch any drips.

However, neither design caught on.