Over 8,000 pieces of music were secretly created in Nazi concentration camps; including symphonies, operas, and songs scribbled on everything from food wrappings to potato sacks. One prisoner composed an entire symphony on toilet paper using the charcoal given to him as dysentery medicine. cbsnews.com/news/holocaus…
Potato plants grow poisonous berries that look like small tomatoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Ore-Ida invented tater tots to make use of the leftover potato shavings from their French fries production. money.cnn.com/magazines/f…
Mr. Potato Head was the first toy ever advertised on television and the first to be marketed directly to children, rather than their parents. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Today I learned about the Pig War of 1859 (aka the Pig Episode, the Pig and Potato War). Despite being referred to as a war, there were no casualties on either side, other than the pig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Until 1964, Mr. Potato Head toys were meant to be used with real potatoes. The toy was shipped with β€œplastic facial pieces,” which had sharp ends that had to be forcibly inserted into a potato (not included), and presented both choking and stabbing hazards for small children. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
As a child, Oprah Winfrey's family was so poor that she often wore potato sacks because store bought clothing was too expensive. thelist.com/90322/oprah-w…
In 1952 Mr. Potato Head became the first toy ad on TV and the first ad campaign to be aimed directly at children, previously toy ads were always aimed at parents. It successfully sold over a million units in the first year, and the concept revolutionized marketing resulting in an industrial boom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
Potato Head has many different versions including Star Wars Luke Frywalker, Darth Tater, R2-POTATOO, C-3PotatO, Mashter Yoda, Transformers Optimash Prime, Indiana Jones Taters of the Lost Ark, and Iron Man Tony Starch. wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato…
For 12 years, the Mr. Potato Head toy was intended to be used with real potatoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
Garden Veggie Straws, which shows fresh vegetables on the bag, and are promoted as a healthy alternative to chips, are actually made of salt, starch, and tomato paste. They have less nutrition than actual potato chips and the manufacturer, which has a history of false claims, is now being sued. nypost.com/2017/07/06/the…
During the potato famine (1845-1849), Ireland was a net exporter of foodstuffs. Estimates of 1 million starved due to economic policiesβ€”The "Protestant Ascendancy" created an environment where food was simply unaffordable to the Catholic majority population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There’s a tiny house in Idaho in the shape of a potato today.com/home/giant-pota…
The potato was 1st domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru & extreme northwestern Bolivia between 8000 & 5000 BC. It arrived in Europe sometime before the end of the 16th century by two different ports of entry: the first in Spain around 1570, and the second via the British Isles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of Pomato, a grafted plant that is part tomato and part potato. The resulting plant have cherry tomatoes on the vine and white potatoes in the soil, resulting in plants with double crops. Grafting can also boost natural resilience and improve biodiversity by supporting different pollinators! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
The origin of the word spud has erroneously been attributed to an 18th-century activist group dedicated to keeping the potato out of Britain, calling itself The Society for the Prevention of Unwholesome Diet (S.P.U.D.). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Only 14 years after almost the entire Choctaw population was forcibly relocated in the Trail of Tears, the tribe donated $170 (over $5,000 today) to victims of the Potato Famine in Ireland, creating a bond between the two peoples that lasts to today. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The shape of the Milky Way galaxy is warped and twisted. Kind of like a potato chip. earthsky.org/space/milky-…
After Czech gymnast VΔ›ra ČÑslavskΓ‘ lost her training facility due to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, she trained for the 1968 Olympics in the forest using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. She medaled in all six events, four of them Gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
Veggie straws are actually worse for you than most potato chips on the market. isitbadforyou.com/questio…
Potato chip packages are filled with nitrogen gas to help the snacks stay fresh indianapublicmedia.org/am…
In 1967 a Munich resident Helmut G. Winter built a catapult to launch Bavarian potato dumplings at noisy planes flying over his house forcing the West German Luftwaffe pilots to concede defeat and change their flight path. reuters.screenocean.com/r…
The β€œTubby Custard” from Teletubbies was actually just a combination of mashed potato with red and yellow acrylic paint. nme.com/blogs/tv-blogs/te…
The original Mr. Potato Head didn't come with a plastic body. The pieces were meant to be put into an actual potato. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
A risk factor for a latex allergy is a history of allergies to avocado, banana, peach, chestnut, passionfruit, raw potato, kiwi, tomato, or papaya pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
The potato and tomato are both native to Peru. Though commonly associated with Eurasian culinary traditions, both plants were unknown to the eastern hemisphere until 500 years ago. andeanlodges.com/en/the-a…
Today I learned about "The Whole Shabangs" potato chips, available almost exclusively from US Prison system commissaries. Ex-cons consider these chips to be the best chip out there, and a high-point of their incarceration. Many end up dismayed and disappointed at their lack of availability "on the outside". mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The International Potato Center has successfully grown potatoes in a simulated Mars environment. They grew the plants in a CubeSat which mimicked the Martian air pressure and atmosphere, and used saline desert soils analogous to Martian soils as the growing medium. cipotato.org/blog/indicat…
The La Bonnotte potato from France can cost $300 per pound and are only grown on Noirmoutier Island, a little speck in the ocean near the city of La Rochelle in Charente-Maritime. thegoodlifefrance.com/mos…
In the 18th century, the King of Denmark-Norway ordered clergy to walk the lands as "potato priests" to promote the cultivation of potatoes by the peasants. The campaign was a success and the potato became "more important than the constitution". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
The term, Luck of the Irish, was originally an insult. It was said sarcastically as the Irish have historically had bad luck, such as the potato famine. midwesternscout.com/the-h…
A trucker hauling potato chips got lost in an unfamiliar area after entering wrong gps info and becoming stuck on a snowy embankment while attempting to turn around. He was found after 4 days so dehydrated his kidneys shut down and close to having frostbite on one foot but he didn't eat one chip cnn.com/2018/04/29/us/ore…
Mr Potato Head was originally just the accessories. You provided your own potatoes. youtu.be/ICGrjmJouWA
1 in 4 Irish citizens either died or left Ireland during the great potato famine of the 1840s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Pringles are technically not potato chips, they are molded out of powdered potato, wheat, and other additives en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Today I learned about the Potato Paradox, a counter-intuitive math calculation that states: If you have 100 lbs of potatoes made of 99% water and dehydrate them to be just 98% water, they would then weigh only 50 lbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
During the Irish Potato Famine, the poor were hired for useless construction projects called 'famine follies' in order to provide them with work that would not take existing work away from other workers. These included roads in the middle of nowhere, between two seemingly random points. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
Today I learned about the Andean potato preservation technique: ChuΓ±o which can be stored for decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Frito-Lay launched WOW fat-free potato chips in 1998 containing Olestra which caused "abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fecal incontinence ["anal leakage"], and other gastrointestinal symptoms". Warning on package "This Product Contains Olestra. Olestra may cause abdominal cramping and loose stool” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lay…
The Potato paradox. If a 100 kg of potatoes consist of 99% water, but dehydrate so that they are only 98% water, they now only weigh 50kg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
The potato plant (which the potato underground stores energy for) produces poisonous fruits that look like small green tomatoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
The "air" puffing-up most potato chips bags is actually not air. It's nitrogen. Chemical reactions with regular air would hurt the taste. Also, typical snacks bags are a high-tech sandwich of polypropylene, a possible thin coating of aluminum, and polyethylene (grocery-bag plastic). npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Color photography has existed since 1907. The "autochrome" process used millions of microscopic red, green and blue colored potato starch grains that filtered light before it reached the emulsion on a glass plate. blog.scienceandmediamuseu…
That, since the Great Potato Famine in 1845 Ireland, the population STILL hasn't recovered grantonline.com/grant-fam…
Mr. Potato Head was originally sold as just an assortment of facial features and accessories without a body, and it was up to the consumer to stick them in an actual potato. After complaints of rotting vegetables and new safety regulations, a plastic potato body was eventually included. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
The population of Ireland is still about 2 million less than what it was before the Potato Famine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Ln 1847 the Choctaw nation sent $170 to Ireland for the potato famine, 16 years after the Trail of Tears. In 2016 a statue in Midleton, Ireland was erected symbolizing the bond between them. choctawnation.com/news-ev…
Norwegian jack-of-all trades call themselves "potato" because they go with everything bouvet.no/bouvet-deler/po…
According to a new 3D model of the Milky Way, our galaxy is warped and shaped like the popular brand of potato chip. β€œI’d say that it is shaped like a Pringle” said Radek Poleski, an astronomer at Ohio State University who helped to create the new map. nypost.com/2019/08/05/new…

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