Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Potato Museum Dishes Spud Facts

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One museum is dishing out fun facts about America’s favorite vegetable.

The Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho, has the cold, hard, and quirky facts on spuds.

For those wondering what’s behind the term “spud,” museum director Stephanie Govatos has the answer.

She says spud isn’t just a term of tater endearment, but actually an acronym for the Society for the Prevention of an Unwholesome Diet, a 19th century anti-potato activist group who tried to ban taters from Britain.

Govatos also reveals that Thomas Jefferson introduced potatoes to America, and the average person eats 124 pounds of them a year.

Though potatoes have a quirky history, Govatos says people love them because they can have them their own way.

She says, “Everyone has a certain type of potato they like. I hate tater tots, but I love mashed potatoes.”

The museum spreads the tater love to tourists, sending them each home with a box of hash browns to enjoy.

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