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  • LOOK: The Latest PARTY DRUG Is Being PULLED From The Shelves At HOME DEPOT

    05/15/2016 8:02:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies ^ | 5/10/2016 | unknown
    Okay, your HIGH is really screwin’ up my LAWN!!! People are IDIOTS and will ingest ANYTHING to catch a BUZZ — the latest — FLOWER SEEDS?! That’s right, people are CHEWING the seeds of: Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Sleepy Grass Blue Morning Glory Because they’re LEGAL, and apparently, mimic the high of LSD.
  • The Sinister, Secret History Of A Food That Everybody Loves [the Curse of the Potato]

    05/23/2016 4:55:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 75 replies
    Washington Post 'blogs ^ | April 25, 2016 | Jeff Guo
    "The Spaniards were much impressed with the productivity of manioc in Arawak agriculture in the Greater Antilles," historian Jonathan Sauer recounts in his history of crop plants. "[A Spanish historian] calculated that 20 persons working 6 hours a day for a month could plant enough yuca to provide cassava bread for a village of 300 persons for 2 years." By all accounts, the Taíno were prosperous -- "a well-nourished population of over a million people," according to Sauer. And yet... lacked the monumental architecture of the Maya or the mathematical knowledge of the Aztec. And most importantly, they were not organized in...
  • Ancient flowering plant was beautiful -- but probably poisonous

    02/16/2016 9:19:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Monday, February 15, 2016 | Oregon State University
    Researchers today announced in the journal Nature Plants the discovery of the first-ever fossil specimens of an "asterid" - a family of flowering plants that gave us everything from the potato to tomatoes, tobacco, petunias and our morning cup of coffee. But these two 20-30 million-year-old fossil flowers, found perfectly preserved in a piece of amber, came from the dark side of the asterid family - they belong to the genus Strychnos, which ultimately gave rise to some of the world's most famous poisons, including strychnine and curare. Poisons that would later find their way into blow-gun weapons, rat control,...
  • This Photo of a Potato Sold for Over $1,000,000

    01/22/2016 6:56:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies ^ | 01/21/2016 | MIchael Zhang
    The photo, titled "Potato #345 (2010)," is by photographer Kevin Abosch, who charges huge fees to shoot portraits of famous business people in the Silicon Valley tech industry. Business Insider reports that Abosch's "iconic black backdrop" portraits have become a sort of status symbol among the elites of business and entertainment — the rich and famous pay over $150,000 for a photo shoot with Abosch, and up to $500,000 if commercial usage is included. In addition to shooting pricey portraits, Abosch is also a fine art photographer, and that’s how the potato photo came about. "Kevin likes potatoes because they,...
  • The Quest to Engineer the Perfect Potato

    06/05/2015 12:25:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | June 5, 2015 | By Mike Orcutt
    Researchers in the U.K. aim for a new commercial potato that resists many of the worst vulnerabilities of potato crops around the world. Super spuds are coming. A genetically modified potato that could resist destructive blight, defend itself against parasitic worms, avoid bruising, and cut down on the accumulation of a suspected carcinogen during cooking would be worth many billions of dollars per year to potato producers across the world. It could also serve as a model technology for addressing issues that affect many different crops and are increasingly likely to cause concerns about global food security as the population...
  • McDonald's Says No to Simplot's GMO Potato

    11/15/2014 3:28:37 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 128 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2014 | The Associated Press
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices," the company said in a statement.
  • Doctors find potato growing inside Colombian woman, apparently used as a contraceptive

    10/08/2014 8:57:24 PM PDT · by knak · 75 replies
    fox 6 ^ | 10/5/14 | katie delong
    COLOMBIA (WITI) — “My mom told me that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I should put a potato up there, and I believed her,” the woman said. And that’s just what the woman did! According to Colombia Reports, the 22-year-old woman sought medical attention after experiencing abdominal pains, and medical staff discovered a potato growing inside the young woman. The woman apparently had the potato inside her body for about two weeks before she began to experience abdominal pains. The potato had germinated, and grew roots inside her body. Initially, the nurse who examined the woman thought the...
  • Michelle Obama's Crazy, Embarrassing Potato Manifesto

    05/31/2014 12:40:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2014 | By Susan D. Harris
    It was eleven o’clock at night and the lady in front of me in the supermarket line was buying jars of baby food and bottles of Pedialyte. The cashier pulled some of the jars aside and told the lady they weren’t covered under the WIC program. “But you didn’t have the ones I can buy, the shelf is empty. I can’t buy the other ones because he won’t eat them,” the customer said. “I’m sorry, maybe if you call WIC you can get permission to buy these, but I can’t do anything about it,” the cashier responded. -snip- So when...
  • Potato-wielding man tried to rob store, dry-cleaners

    04/22/2014 8:09:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    WPRI ^ | April 22, 2014 | Dan McGowan
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Talk about a half-baked crime. Providence police say a man carrying a potato disguised as a gun unsuccessfully attempted to rob a convenience store and a dry-cleaners in the city’s Charles neighborhood Monday afternoon. The first report came around 2 p.m. when police reported to Branch Avenue convenience store where the store’s manager said he chased the suspect off with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money” to the cashier, according to a police report obtained by The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male and was about 5’7”...
  • Scientists develop GM potato that’s immune to Irish famine fungus, late blight

    02/17/2014 11:07:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 February 2014
    A potato genetically modified to resist the fungus which caused the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845 has been developed by British scientists. Late blight, caused by the organism Phytophthora infestans, remains the potato farmer’s greatest enemy to this day. Each year UK farmers spend around £60 million keeping the infection at bay with pesticides. In a bad year, losses and control measures combined can account for half the total cost of growing potatoes. …
  • 17 year old fingered as author of malware used in Target attack

    01/18/2014 9:03:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 92 replies
    January 18, 2014 17 year old fingered as author of malware used in Target attack Rick Moran A 17 year old Russian hacker who goes by the online handle of "ree4" has been identified as the author of the malware that was used to attack Target and Neiman Marcus. The teenager, Sergey Taraspov, is well known in cyber crime circles having developed other malicious codes to hack commercial systems. He apparently sold about 40 copies of his program to criminals who then modified it slightly and used it to sweep up at least 80 million debit and credit card numbers...
  • Humble potato ‘must go to Africa’, Germany insists

    11/21/2013 1:04:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 21 November 2013 | Dario Sarmadi
    Partnering with the private sector, Germany wants more potatoes to take root in Sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to address chronic food shortages there, but development aid groups are skeptical about mixing business interests with public funding. “The potato must go to Africa,” said Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), a few months ago. Beerfeltz was keeping a straight face as he marked the launch of the Potato Initiative Africa (PIA), which is supported by BMZ. Under the leadership of German potato producer Europlant, a number of companies—including multinational corporations like...
  • 'TomTato' tomato and potato plant unveiled in UK

    09/30/2013 6:27:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2013 | Staff
    A plant that produces both tomatoes and potatoes, called the TomTato, has been developed for the UK market. Ipswich-based horticultural firm Thompson and Morgan said the hybrid plants were not genetically modified. Similar plants have been created in the UK, but the firm said it was thought to be the first time they had been produced on a commercial scale. Guy Barter, of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), said it was looking at the plant with "real interest". Mr Barter said many of these plants - created by a technique known as grafting - had been created before but taste...
  • Researchers Have Finally Solved The Mystery Of The Irish Potato Famine

    05/24/2013 9:45:13 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies ^ | 5-24-2013 | Denise Chow
    Researchers Have Finally Solved The Mystery Of The Irish Potato Famine Denise Chow, LiveScience May 24, 2013, 12:03 PM The Irish potato famine that caused mass starvation and approximately 1 million deaths in the mid-19th century was triggered by a newly identified strain of potato blight that has been christened "HERB-1," according to a new study. An international team of molecular biologists studied the historical spread of Phytophthora infestans, a funguslike organism that devastated potato crops and led to the famine in Ireland. The precise strain of the pathogen that caused the devastating outbreak, which lasted from 1845 to 1852,...
  • 20 Years Later, It Turns Out Dan Quayle Was Right About Murphy Brown And Unmarried Moms

    05/26/2012 1:48:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2012 | Isabel Sawhill
    20 Years Later, It Turns Out Dan Quayle Was Right About Murphy Brown And Unmarried Moms Isabel Sawhill May 25. On May 19, 1992, as the presidential campaign season was heating up, Vice President Dan Quayle delivered a family-values speech that came to define him nearly as much as his spelling talents. Speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California, he chided Murphy Brown — the fictional 40-something, divorced news anchor played by Candice Bergen on a CBS sitcom — for her decision to have a child outside of marriage. “Bearing babies irresponsibly is simply wrong,” the vice president said. “Failing...
  • Question About Potatoes

    02/26/2012 1:40:11 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 51 replies · 1+ views
    February 26, 2012 | Pinkbell
    I have to have an ultrasound of my gallbladder in the morning. Tonight I can only eat fruits and vegetables. WebMD said to eat fat free meal. I was wondering if potato is considered a vegetable and would be safe to eat in some soup? I have found conflicting things on the internet. Thanks for your help.
  • Potatoes: A Complete Planting Guide

    01/18/2012 10:52:44 AM PST · by orsonwb · 61 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 18, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    A complete planting guide for potatoes including state specific varieties, planting dates, days to harvest, nutrition facts, fertilizing, watering, insect and disease information.
  • Senate blocks Barack Obama's school potato limit

    10/18/2011 5:34:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/18/11 | BBC News
    The US Senate has blocked a proposal by the Obama administration to limit potatoes in school lunches. The lawmakers also backed an amendment which bars putting any limits on serving other vegetables in US schools. The administration's proposal had envisaged that pupils would have no more than two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables. Government health officials say pupils should have more diverse diets, because they get enough potatoes already.
  • USDA school-food proposal gets under spud industry’s skin

    10/13/2011 7:48:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 7, 2011 | Gracie Ferrell
    French fries may soon be bullied out of school cafeterias if the government gets its way, but Big Tater isn’t backing down. Rallying around school food service professionals and members of Congress, the spud industry is pushing back against a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to limit starchy vegetables in school meals to just one cup per week. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins picked potatoes as a child. “The rule simply goes too far,” she said during an Oct. 5 luncheon hosted by the National Potato Council. “It makes no sense whatsoever.” While the Obama administration points its finger at...
  • Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion

    09/06/2011 7:46:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies · 2+ views
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A man was hospitalized after being seriously injured in a potato gun explosion. Police said they received a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Alpha Avenue at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, where they found 53-year-old John Berthiaume II lying in the street. Berthiaume suffered injuries to his right arm and leg when his homemade potato gun exploded, Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. The victim's brother, Tony, said it appeared that his brother put too much black powder into the device. "I guess it stressed the metal out too much, and it blew...
  • Snowe Boiled and Steamed Over USDA Proposal Restricting Potato Consumption in Schools[Fish Update]

    06/07/2011 11:39:43 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    The Snowe Report ^ | 06/07/2011 E-Mail | Olympia Snowe
    Senator Snowe said a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) limiting total servings of starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, green peas, and lima beans) to one cup per week and eliminating these vegetables from breakfast meals is not grounded in scientific data and does not make economic sense. In letters to First Lady Michelle Obama, founder of the Let’s Move campaign, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Snowe urged reevaluation of the nutritional and economic impacts of this proposal. Senator Snowe recently joined her colleagues in calling on President Obama to resolve a discrepancy within the Administration regarding...
  • Is President Obama a Christian, an ape, a potato, or none of the above?

    02/10/2011 9:10:47 AM PST · by jackspyder · 28 replies ^ | Feb. 9, 2011 | Réne Girard
    Fellow San Diego examiner Anna Cheuvront recently published an article entitled "President Obama talks about his faith at the National Prayer Breakfast." Within the article, President Obama is quoted as saying: "My Christian faith has been sustaining for me over the last couple of years and even more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time. We are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but that we are true to our conscience and true to our God."President Obama claims to be a Christian, yet that claim has been...
  • Mysterious Asteroid Unmasked By Space Probe Flyby

    07/10/2010 4:50:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/10/10 | Denise Chow
    A European spacecraft zoomed by past a mysterious asteroid Saturday to take the first-ever close look at the space rock while flying more than 282 million miles from Earth. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta space probe flew past the asteroid Lutetia, an object discovered in 1852 that appeared only as a bright speck in the sky to astronomers until today. The first new photos of the asteroid revealed Lutetia to be a lumpy rock with a potato-like appearance. Rosetta was about 1,900 miles (3,100 km) from the asteroid at its closest approach. The enigmatic space rock, which is about...
  • Idaho GOP Approves Far-Right Platform: Repeal 17th Amendment, Buy Gold And Silver

    06/29/2010 6:08:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 29, 2010 | Eric Kleefeld
    Idaho Republicans held their convention over the past weekend, approving a platform containing some mighty interesting parts of the Tea Party platform -- from state nullification of federal laws, to protecting the institution of marriage from transgendered people, to to a Glenn-Beckesque embrace of gold and silver money. State Rep. Marv Hagedorn (R) told the Associated Press that the push to go further right was a product of disgust with the current status quo from the Obama administration. "It does reflect a change," said Hagedorn. "But it's not a change in our party, it's a change in the White House."...
  • SNL POLL and "Potato Chips" as a metaphor for Climategate.

    12/05/2009 10:28:20 PM PST · by woodchukwood · 24 replies · 2,745+ views ^ | 12-6-09 | Keith McDuffee
    NASA Potato Chips — Holy what the f***? This was the most out there skit of SNL I think I’ve seen in years, and that includes the digital shorts. This was so absurd that it must be based on something that I haven’t seen before…? I’ve gotta say, though, I thought it was pretty freakin’ funny in just how weird it was, even if I almost threw up in my own mouth a little at the thought of what happened.

    11/13/2009 12:59:48 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 11 replies · 707+ views ^ | 11/13/2009 | Chef Nettie
    A few simple ingredients make a sumptuous soup. Be sure to use a high-quality cheddar; it's crucial to the dish's flavor. Choose a yellow cheese for the richest color. For a chunkier soup, skip the pureeing and just break up some of the potato with a spoon.
  • Cold temperatures threaten seed potato crop

    10/11/2009 9:22:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 782+ views
    Missoulian ^ | 10/11/09
    Cold temperatures threaten seed potato crop By the Associated Press | Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2009 2:30 pm BOZEMAN - Record-low temperatures in southwestern Idaho are threatening to destroy at least a portion of this season's crop of seed potatoes. Spuds still in the ground could be saved by a layer of snow; a dusting had fallen on Bozeman and the surrounding region by Sunday.
  • International research team cracks potato genome

    09/28/2009 9:49:58 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 27 replies · 814+ views
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 28 September 2009 | DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press Writer
    A global team of researchers has mapped the genetic code of the world's most popular vegetable — the potato. The draft of the potato genome released last week represents the work of more than 50 scientists from 16 institutions and will provide a starting point for other researchers to develop sturdier, more nutritious potatoes. That's important because the potato is widely grown and plays a central role in feeding the world's 6.3 billion people, said Robin Buell, a Michigan State University plant biologist who worked on the project. The East Lansing school announced the results in the U.S. The Potato...
  • President Obama Receives a "Heart-Shaped Potato" from a Woman on the Letterman Show - Video 9/21/09

    09/22/2009 5:09:29 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 15 replies · 647+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 22, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from last night where President Obama received a "heart-shaped" potato from a woman in the audience (I'm not making this up). Letterman took the potato from the woman in the audience and brought it to Obama, who thanked the woman for "sharing." . . . . (VIDEO)
  • Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole

    09/15/2009 7:17:37 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 11 replies · 862+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 9/7/09 | Chrissy Siggee
    Ingredients: 6 medium potatoes - peeled and thinly sliced 2 large onions - peeled and thinly sliced 4 hard boiled eggs - chopped 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • Potato famine disease striking home gardens in U.S.

    07/11/2009 8:34:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 1,828+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 10, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Late blight, which caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and 1850s, is killing potato and tomato plants in home gardens from Maine to Ohio and threatening commercial and organic farms... "Late blight has never occurred this early and this widespread in the United States," said Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist at Cornell University's extension center in Riverhead, New York. She said the fungal disease, spread by spores carried in the air, has made its way into the garden centers of large retail chains in the Northeastern United States. "Wal-mart, Home Depot, Sears, Kmart and Lowe's are some of...
  • (Irish) Potato Famine Fungus Found in Plattsburgh (NY)

    06/30/2009 7:45:48 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 60 replies · 1,714+ views
    WCAX ^ | 6/30/09
    The plant fungus that caused the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s has shown up in Plattsburgh, and experts say residents need to act quickly. It's called "late blight" and it affects eggplants, potatoes and tomatoes. The fungus hasn't made it this far north in about a decade, but it moves quickly and can kill an infected plant in as short as a week and a half. The signs that your plants have late blight are brownish lesions on the leaves which make them look wet. Late blight was discovered in the region at unnamed major box stores on Friday....
  • Vicar went to hospital with potato stuck in bottom (says "fell on vegetable while naked")

    11/13/2008 8:38:26 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 310 replies · 12,984+ views ^ | 11/13/08 | Staff
    The clergyman, in his 50s, told nurses he had been hanging curtains when he fell backwards on to his kitchen table. He happened to be nude at the time of the mishap, said the vicar, who insisted he had not been playing a sex game. The vicar had to undergo a delicate operation to extract the vegetable, one of a range of odd items medics in Sheffield have had to remove from people's backsides or genitals. Others include a can of deodorant, a cucumber, a Russian doll – and a carnation.
  • 'Potatoe Boy' Weighs In on Dan Quayle's Election Gaffe

    10/03/2008 3:39:51 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 29 replies · 1,305+ views
    Sarah Palin and Joe Biden may have made a few mistakes during Thursday night's vice presidential debate, but it remains to be seen whether their mistakes will stick in voters' minds like one infamous vice presidential gaffe from the 1992 election. Few political gaffes are as memorable as Vice President Dan Quayle's misspelling. Quayle told a grade-school boy in New Jersey that he had misspelled the word "potato" during a photo-op spelling bee. With the cameras rolling, Quayle directed the boy to add an "e" to the end of the word. "Potatoe" became a defining moment in the election, and...
  • The potato makes a comeback

    04/21/2008 9:11:40 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies · 36+ views
    Daily Times (Pakistan) ^ | 21 April 2008
    As wheat and rice prices surge, the humble potato - long derided as a boring tuber prone to making you fat - is being rediscovered as a nutritious crop that could cheaply feed an increasingly hungry world. Potatoes, which are native to Peru, can be grown at almost any elevation or in any climate: from the barren, frigid slopes of the Andes Mountains to the tropical flatlands of Asia. They require very little water, mature in as little as 50 days, and can yield between two and four times as much food per hectare as wheat or rice. Rice on...
  • As other staples soar, potatoes break new ground-..International Year of the Potato,

    04/14/2008 10:12:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 73 replies · 127+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:13pm EDT | Terry Wade
    LIMA (Reuters) - As wheat and rice prices surge, the humble potato -- long derided as a boring tuber prone to making you fat -- is being rediscovered as a nutritious crop that could cheaply feed an increasingly hungry world. Potatoes, which are native to Peru, can be grown at almost any elevation or climate: from the barren, frigid slopes of the Andes Mountains to the tropical flatlands of Asia. They require very little water, mature in as little as 50 days, and can yield between two and four times more food per hectare than wheat or rice. "The shocks...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ 17 Mar. 2008

    03/16/2008 5:10:54 PM PDT · by StarCMC · 863 replies · 4,706+ views
      And a Happy Saint Patty's day to ye from the FReeper Canteen! Just a wee bit o' fun for your holiday!    The History of St. Patrick What's Your Irish Name? (Please share!) Billy Bear's St. Patrick's Day Pages  Please remember:  the Canteen is a politics-free zone.  We are here for the enjoyment of our troops and their families!  Thanks for honoring our tradition!
  • Using DNA, Scientists Hunt For The Roots Of The Modern Potato

    02/04/2008 10:46:04 AM PST · by blam · 33 replies · 55+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-4-2008 | University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Using DNA, Scientists Hunt For The Roots Of The Modern Potato ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2008) — More than 99 percent of all modern potato varieties planted today are the direct descendants of varieties that once grew in the lowlands of south-central Chile. How Chilean germplasm came to dominate the modern potato-which spread worldwide from Europe-has been the subject of a long, contentious debate among scientists. While some plant scientists have maintained that Chilean potatoes were the first to be planted in Europe, a more widely accepted story holds that European potatoes were originally descended from plants grown high in the...
  • Sweet Potato Promises Hunger Relief In Developing Countries

    11/20/2007 3:15:56 PM PST · by blam · 107 replies · 124+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-21-2007 | American Society for Horticultural Science.
    Sweet Potato Promises Hunger Relief In Developing Countries ScienceDaily (Nov. 21, 2007) — Sweetpotatoes, often misunderstood and underrated, are receiving new attention as a life-saving food crop in developing countries. According to the International Potato Center, more than 95 percent of the global sweetpotato crop is grown in developing countries, where it is the fifth most important food crop. Despite its name, the sweetpotato is not related to the potato. Potatoes are tubers (referring to their thickened stems) and members of the Solanaceae family, which also includes tomatoes, red peppers, and eggplant. Sweetpotatoes are classified as "storage roots" and belong...
  • Western Iowa man killed after potato gun explosion

    09/04/2007 12:42:49 AM PDT · by hawkeye101 · 41 replies · 3,091+ views
    Western Iowa man killed after potato gun explosion HULL (AP) --- A potato gun stuffed with explosive powder ignited and erupted, killing a Hull man on Friday night. The potato gun apparently ruptured when it was fired by Ryan Meerdink, 21, authorities with the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office said. Hull authorities discovered Meerdink outside a residence around 8:20 on Friday night. He was then taken to Sioux Center Hospital, where he later died. Authorities believe the explosion was an accident. "It's just been real blurry today," said Betty Meerdink, Ryan's grandmother. Funeral arrangements are pending.
  • Potato Salad May Help the Immune System

    06/25/2007 3:22:59 PM PDT · by blam · 147 replies · 2,975+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-25-2007 | Society Of Chemical Industry
    Source: Society of Chemical Industry Date: June 25, 2007 Potato Salad May Help the Immune System Science Daily — It has long been known that eating potatoes is good for bowel health, but new research suggests that they may also have a beneficial effect on the whole immune system. Especially if eaten cold or in a potato salad, Anne Pichon reports in Chemistry & Industry. Spanish researchers found that growing pigs fed large quantities of raw potato starch (RPS) had a healthier bowel. Not a surprise, but they also found that RPS pigs had decreased levels of white blood cells,...
  • Tuber finds body in Boulder

    06/22/2007 12:06:55 PM PDT · by Gondring · 45 replies · 1,163+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 21, 2007 | Bill Scanlon
    A tuber floating down Boulder Creek phoned 911 today after he bumped into a body below the 17th Street bridge.
  • Biotechnology Solves Debate Over Origin Of European Potato

    05/18/2007 3:48:45 PM PDT · by blam · 53 replies · 1,644+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-16-2007 | American Society of Agron
    Source: American Society of Agronomy Date: May 16, 2007 Biotechnology Solves Debate Over Origin Of European Potato Science Daily — Molecular studies recently revealed new genetic information concerning the long-disputed origin of the "European potato." Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of La Laguna, and the International Potato Center used genetic markers to prove that the remnants of the earliest known landraces of the European potato are of Andean and Chilean origin. They report their findings in the May-June 2007 issue of Crop Science. Americans each eat about 140 pounds of potatoes a year in fresh and processed...
  • Couch Potato Cat

    03/22/2007 2:21:32 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 14 replies · 1,680+ views ^ | 3/22/2007 | Unknown
    The video link has to be seen to be believed.Freaky...
  • Man In Florida Accused Of Trying To Use Potato As Silencer

    06/04/2006 3:31:27 AM PDT · by Stoat · 85 replies · 4,087+ views
    Local 6 (Florida) ^ | June 3, 2006
    Man In Florida Accused Of Trying To Use Potato As Silencer   POSTED: 11:43 pm EDT June 3, 2006 UPDATED: 11:54 pm EDT June 3, 2006  MIAMI -- A man is accused of putting a potato on the barrel of a gun, believing the spud would act as a silencer and muffle the shooting of a woman, according to Miami-Dade police. Police said Shane Thompson carved a hole in a potato with a spoon, stuck his gun inside and threatened to shoot the mother of his child. Thompson reportedly told her that no one would hear the shot, because...
  • Snack history feeds curiosity (Potato chip's birthplace draws German TV crew )

    04/05/2006 4:31:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 699+ views
    Times Union ^ | April 5, 2006 | Kenneth Crowe
    MALTA -- George Crum's name doesn't mean much to most people, even though his invention probably is eaten in the millions daily. Crum is credited with discovering the potato chip, slicing potatoes so thin they couldn't be picked up with a fork, then frying them.Crum supposedly created the chips spitefully in 1853, after a patron at Moon's Lake House didn't like his thick french fries. Now chips are eaten worldwide.That's what brought a crew from the German television show "Talents and Patents" to Malta and Saratoga Springs on Tuesday."It's the story of very basic things: glue, ballpoints. Nobody knows they...
  • One potato, two potato - 55 million, more (the America the 3rd world can not imagine

    06/30/2005 9:23:22 AM PDT · by q_an_a · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 07.30.05 | JANELLE STECKLEIN
    By With the July 4 holiday approaching, our thoughts naturally turned to barbecues, hot dogs and chips. Lots of chips. Crunch these numbers: The Irving plant employs 640 workers and is open almost 'round the clock. On average, 600,000 pounds of raw materials are processed per eight-hour shift. A shipment of 46,000 pounds of raw potatoes lasts only 2 ½ hours. In the United States alone, 55 million Lay's potato chips are produced each hour. That's 13 million bags a day – about 3.4 billion bags a year. (And that doesn't even include the other well-known favorites, such as Doritos,...
  • Public Health Advocates Cite Lack of Risk Notice on Potato Chip Bags

    06/16/2005 6:59:00 PM PDT · by common-sense-man-1776 · 15 replies · 488+ views ^ | 6/16/05 | Unknown
    Public health attorneys in California have potato chip makers in their sights for not listing a cancer-causing chemical present in many brands.
  • Idaho governor lobbies Schwarzenegger to exempt potatoes from cancer warning

    05/18/2005 9:01:42 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 30 replies · 987+ views
    AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 18, 2005 | John Miller
    BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. Dirk Kempthorne has met with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in an effort to exempt french fries from a California list of foods requiring warnings that they could cause cancer. California is revising a citizen's right-to-know law passed in 1986 and will likely include specific warnings about food-based acrylamide. The chemical was previously considered an industrial agent until a 2002 study reported that it occurred naturally in many carbohydrate-rich foods. It occurs in cereals, for instance, though high levels in potatoes have been a focus, scientists say. It is released when the food is baked or fried....
  • Rhode Island preserving Potato Head plates

    02/05/2005 4:08:43 PM PST · by PDR · 1 replies · 307+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/03/2005 | UPI
    PAWTUCKET, R.I., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Mr. Potato Head seems poised to become a permanent part of Rhode Island's license plate lore, the Pawtucket (R.I.) Times said Thursday. The toy tuber with the changeable face, born at Pawtucket's Hasbro Inc., made what was supposed to be a cameo appearance on Rhode Island license plates two years ago as a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Food Bank. For each of the 1,364 plates sold, the food bank received $20 of the $40 charged, for a total of $29,280. The law authorizing the production of the Potato Head plates mandated they cease...