Veggie straws are actually worse for you than most potato chips on the market.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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!โ€ฆ
The original Mr. Potato Head didn't come with a plastic body. The pieces were meant to be put into an actual potato.โ€ฆ
After Czech gymnast Vฤ›ra ฤŒรกslavskรก 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.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Andean potato preservation technique: Chuรฑo which can be stored for decades.โ€ฆ
Mr Potato Head was originally just the accessories. You provided your own potatoes.
Potato Plants Can Form Berries Which Are Toxicโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
1 in 4 Irish citizens either died or left Ireland during the great potato famine of the 1840s.โ€ฆ
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 chipโ€ฆ
Potato bugs are legitimately called "Jerusalem Crickets" but despite their common names, these insects are neither true crickets nor true bugs, nor are they native to Jerusalem.โ€ฆ
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 stoolโ€โ€ฆ
The 44th Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle misspelled the word potato at an elementary school spelling bee competitionโ€ฆ
There are more than 3,800 types of potato in Peruโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
In Ireland there is an amusement park called Tayto Park, which is based on the Irish potato crisp brand of the same name.โ€ฆ
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".โ€ฆ
The Hassenfeld brothers, Herman, Hillel, and Henry, started by selling pencils and later invented G.I. Joe. When they specialized in producing toys, including Mr. Potato Head, the company was renamed "Hasbro."โ€ฆ
Norwegian jack-of-all trades call themselves "potato" because they go with everythingโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
According to a new 3D model of the Milky Way, our galaxy is warped and shaped like the popular brand of potato chip. โ€œIโ€™d say that it is shaped like a Pringleโ€ said Radek Poleski, an astronomer at Ohio State University who helped to create the new map.โ€ฆ
Pringles are technically not potato chips, they are molded out of powdered potato, wheat, and other additivesโ€ฆ
Pringles are not potato chipsโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Seaweed was such an important fertilizer during the Great Potato Famine, some people would actually steal seaweed from the shorelines of private properties.โ€ฆ
Pringles qualified as crisps/potato chips under a ruling of a British Court despite being 42% potatoesโ€ฆ
The population of Ireland is still about 2 million less than what it was before the Potato Famine.โ€ฆ
In the United States of America, February 22nd is National Cook A Sweet Potato Day.โ€ฆ
Pringle is not a potato chip. Procter & Gamble argued that Pringles were only 42% potato flour, with the rest mostly a slurry of wheat starch, corn and rice flour, and vegetable oil. They made this argument because according to Britain's 1994 VAT Act, potato products was subject to a 17.5% tax.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Alexis Benoรฎt Soyer (born 1810) who was one of the first โ€œcelebrityโ€ chefs. In addition to creating recipes, he invented a stove for soldiers to use during the Crimean war, wrote books and pamphlets on cooking, and did a lot to help the suffering in Ireland during the potato famine.โ€ฆ
Before 1748 potatoes were considered hogs feed by French and the French Parlement banned cultivations as they thought potato plantations causes of leprosy. Antoine Parmentier a pharmacist changed all that through research and pioneering for potatoes to be accepted.โ€ฆ
That, since the Great Potato Famine in 1845 Ireland, the population STILL hasn't recoveredโ€ฆ
In 1937 the Hershey Company made a high calorie chocolate bar designed to taste "a little better than a baked potato" for the US Army so that soldiers would only eat it in case of real emergencyโ€ฆ
Korean college students once protested against the amount of air in potato chip packets by building a raft out of them and sailing across a river.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
You often have to refrigerate after opening because even though it looks like air is left in the package/bottle/container it is often an inert gas like nitrogen. Even potato chips do this. Breaking the seal lets in contaminants and the product immediately begins to spoilโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
If you let potatoes consisting of 99% water dry so that they are 98% water, they lose 50% of their weight (Potato Paradox)โ€ฆ
Robert De Niro is actually more Irish than he is Italian, and his anscestors left Ireland for America during the potato famine.โ€ฆ
The reason a bag of potato chips contains mostly air is not to deceive the consumer into believing there is more product. Instead, the air (called slack fill) provides cushioning that protects the chips. "Less air, more chips but they are shattered or More air, fewer chips but they are whole"โ€ฆ
Ireland has an entire theme park dedicated to a the potato based macot of a crisp companyโ€ฆ
Potatoes contain toxic compounds known as glycoalkaloids, of which the most prevalent are solanine and chaconine. Glycoalkaloid poisoning may cause headaches, diarrhea, cramps, and, in severe cases, coma and death. However, poisoning from cultivated potato varieties is very rare.โ€ฆ
Pepsico wholly owns the rights to a variety of potato known as FC5, grown exclusively for their Lay's potato chips. In April, Pepsico sued four farmers in India for illegally growing and dealing their patented potato variety.โ€ฆ
Potato chips weren't invented in Saratoga Springs by George Crum dealing with a customer that kept complaining how his french fries weren't thin enough, but first showed up in 1817 in a British cookbookโ€ฆ
The European Potato Failure was a food crisis caused by potato blight that struck Northern Europe in the mid-1840s. The time is also known as the Hungry Fortiesโ€ฆ
Blue corn tortilla chips are slightly healthier than both potato and regular tortilla chips because they contain antioxidants from the blue corn, but the frying process may damage some of these benefitsโ€ฆ
Researchers created an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glassโ€ฆ
The Woodlice (aka terrestrial isopods, pill bugs, potato bugs, rolly-pollies) reportedly taste like urine, and despite being crustaceans they can be found in forests, mountains, subterranean lakes and even deserts.โ€ฆ
Motorcycle maker Harley Davidson attempted to trademark their syncopated "Potato, Potatoe Potatoe" engine chug but gave up when it failed to prove the sound is unique to Harley-Davidson products.โ€ฆ
A man in China was arrested as a counter revolutionary, tried & found guilty, then executed with a shot to the head, all for likening a mango to a sweet potato.โ€ฆ
The 'Cookie Monster' character from Sesame Street was originally created to advertise Munchos potato crisps in the 1960s, and was later adapted for Sesame Street munching on cookies instead.โ€ฆ
Pringles are not truly a potato chip but a "potato crisp" as they are made from a dough and fried. The can was developed by a engineer who wrote Fantasy Fiction and used a super computer to assure the shape and size of the can for minimum breakage on movement.
Today I learned of the TomTato, a commercially available graft of potato and tomato, which will grow potatos below ground and tomatos above ground.โ€ฆ
Right before WW2, the US created the "Logan Bar," a chocolate bar that deliberately tasted "a little better than a boiled potato" as an emergency ration to prevent soldiers from snacking on it outside of emergency situations.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the โ€œMagic 8โ€. Before 1491, corn, beans, squash, chili, tomato, potato, vanilla, and cacao werenโ€™t found anywhere in the world outside of the Americas.โ€ฆ
"True Potato Seeds" are what they call the actual seeds that come from a tomato-like fruit of the Potato plant. But all commercially grown varieties come from small or cut up pieces of the original tuber, called: "Potato Seed"โ€ฆ
Potato plants grow fruit! The fruits are poisonous, and look like cherry tomatoes.โ€ฆ
The *Ecce Homo* painting which was turned into the "Potato Jesus" meme after a failed restoration has increased tourism in that area, and the funds go towards the church owned nursing home and the "art restorer's" son who suffers from cerebral palsy.โ€ฆ
A "pomato" is a tomato plant grafted onto a potato plant, and it grows tomatoes and potatoes at the same time.โ€ฆ
Apollo astronauts were the first to have hot water and eat their packaged food with a spoon. While on board Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were reportedly served beef and vegetables, pork with potato scallops, and Canadian bacon and apple sauceโ€ฆ
Pringles went to the Court of Justice to prove Pringles are not potato crispsโ€ฆ
The potato company Ore-Ida is named after Oregon & Idahoโ€ฆ
That George Clooney played the doctor in the South Park movie, who accidentally replaced Kenney's heart with a baked potato. It was a parody of his roll in the TV drama ER.โ€ฆ
The British government created the cartoon characters Dr Carrot and Potato Pete and popularized the myth that carrots improve your vision as a way to lure consumers away from rationed foodโ€ฆ
Jim Hensonโ€™s Cookie Monster evolved from a puppet named Arnold, featured (along with Henson) in a Munchoโ€™s potato crisp commercial in 1969.โ€ฆ
Mr. Potato Head Was The First Toy To Be Advertised On TVโ€ฆ
The woman responsible for the botched "potato Jesus" restoration receives 49% of all of the church's souvenir sales featuring the image.โ€ฆ
Pill bugs, AKA (Roly polies, Potato bugs, etc), are not insects, but are closely related to shrimp and other crustaceans. They also have gills.โ€ฆ
Potato chip packets are made noisy to make you think the chips are crunchier. There is no reason in terms of product preservation for the noisy packets.โ€ฆ
Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion) was the first celebrity spokesman for Lay's potato chips. He was the first to do the "Bet you can't eat just one" campaign.โ€ฆ
Potato plant actually has a fruit, a potato fruit. And it's poisonous.
A mere 16 years after being marched 1000s of Miles during the โ€˜Trail of Tearsโ€™, the Choctaw donated what is equivalent to tens of thousands today to Irish during their potato famine.โ€ฆ
Irelandโ€™s population still hasnโ€™t recovered from the potato famine 160 years ago. It is still 2 million lower than it was before the famine.โ€ฆ
There are only six ingredients in Spam: ham, salt, water, sugar, sodium nitrite and potato starchโ€ฆ
Walking 10,000 steps (5 miles) only burns an amount of calories equal to a couple of handfuls of potato chips.โ€ฆ
Souperism was a phenomenon of the Irish Potato Famine. Protestant Bible societies set up schools in which starving children were fed, on the condition of receiving Protestant based religious instruction at the same time.โ€ฆ
In order to popularize potatoes in France, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier placed armed guards around his potato fields, instructing the guards to accept all bribes and allow people to "steal" the crop.โ€ฆ
During the Irish Potato Famine, the poor were given construction jobs, so they could earn food rather than receive it as a handout. However, to avoid taking jobs from other workers, these people built useless projects, like roads in the middle of nowhere, and piers in the middle of bogs.โ€ฆ
Potato plants can grow fruit. They look like tiny green tomatoes and are poisonous.โ€ฆ
The potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum, a Native/African American NY chef when a customer ordered french fries sent them back to the kitchen bc he felt they were too thick. Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as possible, and then fried them until they were hard and crunchyโ€ฆ
From 1952 and 1964 , you had to provide your own potato for Mr. Potato Headโ€ฆ
The story of the invention of the potato chip is a myth. We will probably never know who created the potato chip.โ€ฆ
Polynesians may have traveled to the Americas in pre-columbian times. Sweet potatoes originated from the Americas were found in the islands when Cpt. Cook discovered them. The Maori word for sweet potato "kumala" is almost the same as the Quechuan's word "k'umara" for sweet potato.โ€ฆ
Just 16 years after being forcibly relocated on the Trail of Tears, the Choctaw Nation donated $170 to help the starving victims of the Irish potato famine in 1847โ€ฆ
After Mao received mangoes from the Pakistani foreign minister, mangoes became a sign of loyalty to Mao. Rallies were organized honoring mangoes. Half a million people greeted mango replicas when they arrived in Chengdu. One man compared a mango to a sweet potato and was executed.โ€ฆ
Former Pringleโ€™s manufacturer Procter & Gamble argued in court that Pringleโ€™s crisps are not made from potato to get out of paying VAT, saving the company millions of pounds.โ€ฆ
If a potato is exposed to light while growing, it will turn green and become poisonousโ€ฆ
Today I learned that the popular snack, Pringles, were almost considered not to be a potato chip because the vast majority of the product is made of dough. The company, P&G, went to court for Pringles to be defined as a โ€œsavory snackโ€ to avoid taxation of potato products in the UK.โ€ฆ
After the potato plant produces a poisonous green cherry tomato-like fruit after it flowersโ€ฆ
-The first potato chips available to the general public were unsalted and came with a small salt packet. After a flavoring process was invented, the first commercially available flavor in the world was Cheese and Onion in 1954.โ€ฆ
Catcher Dave Bresnahan threw a potato to trick a runner home. The minor leagues kicked him out and was later quoted saying "Lou Gehrig had to play in 2,130 consecutive games and hit .340 for his number to be retired, and all I had to do was bat .140 and throw a potato."โ€ฆ
Let's Potato Chips have been featured in over 50 TV shows including: Community, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, IASIP, Arrested Development, and so many more. fictionalcompanies.fandomโ€ฆ
Some potato chips are green because a section of a potato can break through the ground and start growing chloroplasts. Most of the time these green potatoes are separated from production due to solanine, a natural poison that can be produced from a green potato.โ€ฆ
That, even after more than 150 years, Ireland's population has not yet reached the numbers it had before the Great Potato Famine.โ€ฆ
In 2014 Japan, Mcdonalds 2nd largest market at the time, had to ration fries at their 3200 locations do to a potato shortage. During that time people could only order a small size fry.โ€ฆ
A 61 year old potato farmer won the inaugural Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon, a distance of 875 kilometres (544 mi). Almost two days faster than the previous record for any run between Sydney and Melbourne.โ€ฆ

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