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‘Potato-smart’: Idaho potato worker becomes Internet sensation and sends Fleetwood Mac sales soaring

When you’re on your way to work and your ride breaks down, you’ve got a couple of options. You can call a tow truck, call an Uber, or, if you’re like Nathan Apodaca, you can grab your bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice and your phone, hop on your longboard—and make a viral video that nearly breaks the Internet. As the old adage goes, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” Rather than miss his shift at the potato processing plant where he works when his 2005 Dodge Durango—with 330,000-plus miles on the odometer— quit on him last month, the 37-year-old father of two took matters into his own hands…

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Opinion: The mysterious complexity of the common French fry

“Whether you call them French fries, pommes frites, or chips, the fried potato is one of the most elusive of foods to get right, though countless entities try and most fail on a nearly daily basis,” writes David Todd McCarty in this delightful article published in The Standard. “The fact they they appear so simple, yet seem to be so difficult to master, may be one of the reasons we are so drawn to them,” McCarty figures. “They are a bit like good summer corn, random sex, or a perfect golf shot…

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Fighting beetles the low-tech way…

Well, as the expression goes – where there’s a will, there’s a way, right? Especially if a plan’s got to be made to rid one’s potatoes of them free-mealing Colorado potato beetles…

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Sunday fun news: Hot-doggin’ pooches spread joy from back of motorcycle

Mike Doucette pulls up to an intersection in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Canada), and the man in the car beside him looks over and does a double-take. Did he just see what he thought he saw? Yes he did. A small black dog on the back of a three-wheeled motorcycle wearing a baby blue helmet and matching goggles. Low-riding in a custom-made carriage attached to the back is a bigger dog wearing a pink helmet and goggles…

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Saturday funny: When line spacing and fonts fail…

Dear PNT readers: Just because it’s weekend, and because most of us can do with a smile after many weeks in COVID-19 lockdown, I wish to share the following with you. The folks who run the 22Words website put together a list of examples of what happens when “spacing and font fails” occur in the text used on company billboards, advertisements, etc etc. Just one random space or bad font choice can completely change the message. Sometimes hilariously and inappropriately so…

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A world-only? Mr Potato Head in Rhode Island now “COVID-correct” with face mask and all…

If there is something that can be said for certain about potato lovers around the world, it is that they all passionately care not only about their favourite veggie, but most often about each other’s welfare. This simple truth can be seen when you look at the loving care bestowed on the Mr Potato Head statue at the Clements’ Marketplace in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He now (dutifully) wears a face mask – signifying the realities of the times we live in today.

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For connoisseurs: 63 different ways to cook a potato

Dear readers, we do not often – if ever really – publish information about recipes and such here on Potato News Today, as our regular followers know. But since it is weekend in most countries in the world where our readers are located, and because of all the many potato recipe related pieces that clutter my information stream daily, this one stands out… So why not? Here goes then…

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Green Thumb Farms to expand Maine potato universe

This month, potato lovers are getting a chance to try a new variety that hasn’t been seen in New England before, the result of a partnership between Fryeburg’s Green Thumb Farms and Hannaford Supermarkets. If it works, new kinds of potatoes might be introduced to a wider range of Maine stores. Mike Hart, director of sales and marketing for Green[Read More…]

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Canadian company launches 'impeachment soap' for the American market

The owner of Prince Edward Island’s Potato Soap Company in Canada has come up with a new soap he hopes will appeal to some customers south of the border. Pieter Ijsselstein in Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada has produced 600 bars of a peach-scented ‘impeachment soap’ to inject some humor into the political news coming out of[Read More…]

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BuzzFeed News tracked down the kid Vice President Dan Quayle made to misspell ‘potato’

BuzzFeed News launched a new show on Facebook Watch on Monday, That Literally Happened, which revisits some of the most notorious events and trends of the 90s. The first episode digs into one of the era’s most notorious political gaffes: the time former vice president Dan Quayle misspelled potato. Yep. Potato. For those who don’t remember, on June 15, 1992, Dan Quayle[Read More…]

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Mailing service lets you send messages on a potato

We’ve all been there, writing a letter to a bestie when suddenly you have the dawning realisation – this message would be better if it was written on a vegetable! Because everyone loves writing letters and everyone loves vegetables, particularly potatoes. But now, to save yourself having to go to the daily effort of writing your messages on vegetables which we[Read More…]

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Star spudded: Game of Thrones star caught wearing a SPUD T-shirt

Look, when I – as Miley Cyrus so poignantly stated – hop out of the plane at LAX, I look like literal garbage. Maybe I’ve put together some semblance of a cute outfit, but if the paparazzi snagged a picture of me, no one would be writing about my Rocky Horror Picture Show  t-shirt. But when you’re as iconic as Maisie Williams, your airport[Read[Read More…]

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Nutrition prof in deep fat over French fries comments

On the not-quite sixth day of Christmas, a researcher gave to “we” … six lousy french fries — and a salad grown organically… Eric Rimm, professor of the departments of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and real-life Grinch recently was quoted in a New York Times story, “You Don’t Want Fries With That.” According to[Read[Read More…]

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