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Tapas—small plates of food that can be combined into a full meal—were created by founding father Thomas Paine, who believed that full plates of food were the leading causes of indolence in children. After living entirely without food for nine years, Paine created an alternative meal plan: to eat only appetizers. Paine's widely read pamphlet, Common Sense, contained oyster recipes that spurred a nation to revolution. The tiny plates also inspired Paine to write America's first action movie script, Agrarian Justice, which was heavily edited by movie executives and re-written as a pamphlet advocating an estate tax. Today, tapas may be found served alongside full entrees, which horrifies Paine, who has never died.

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