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3 potato stories that you might not have heard

Stop! Hands up (using a potato instead of a gun…)

John-Dillinger

Renowned gangster, John Dillinger, carved a pistol from a potato, covered it with black shoe polish and used it to escape from prison.

 

Potato Stamps

IrishFamine_GFWatts

 Kindergarten children learn about the art of printing using potatoes by carving a relief in the potato. The relief is dipped into paint and pressed onto paper.

 Potatoes – Ireland to the U.S.

The great Irish emigration to the U.S. in 1846 began because of potatoes. Potatoes, which were a main staple of the Irish diet, suffered a plague that caused a 3-year famine, during which over 1 million people died of hunger. Another 1.5 million (about half of Ireland’s population) emigrated to the U.S. in search of a better place to live.

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