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[personal profile] conuly
So, I was reading this article on things people have actually sent in the mail, and one item mentioned was "potatoes". As in: stick a stamp on a potato, shove it in a mailbox.

The article erroneously stated that one company will do that for you if you can't be bothered to obtain your own spuds. This is incorrect. There are not one, but two companies devoted to mailing potatoes, Mail-a-Spud and Potato Parcel.

Wait, I was wrong. There are at least three of them, including Mystery Potato. Dear god. I think I've found my new form of protest. My congresscritters might ignore my emails, and my phone calls, and my letters, and my clever cosplay + sign - but I'm damn sure they won't ignore a potato.

It may be pricier than the other options, but it's worth it.

Date: 2017-08-05 03:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zesty_pinto
I remember first hearing about this when it was popularized by the Cards Against Humanity guys. I thought it was rather amusing as well, and I honestly am curious if this can be group pushed in some way.

Date: 2017-08-05 06:10 am (UTC)
archangelbeth: An anthropomorphic feline face, with feathered wing ears, and glasses, in shades of gray. (Default)
From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
Will you want stamped potatoes sent or boxed potatoes? ...and what type of potato? I'm thinking the Russet, for the rants that UrsulaV/TKingfisher does about them... *evil grin*

Date: 2017-08-05 08:08 pm (UTC)
jack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jack
Surely they have people who do that? I mean, I agree about the precautions they should take, but if there's something potentially dangerous, just leaving it unopened could be just as bad, they must have to deal with parcels somehow.

Date: 2017-08-06 05:20 am (UTC)
archangelbeth: An anthropomorphic feline face, with feathered wing ears, and glasses, in shades of gray. (Default)
From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
I would assume, like Jack, that they must have someone to open the mail (carefully)... But a stamped spud is, indeed, that much more awesome.

Mail-A-Spud, you say? *evil grin*

Date: 2017-08-06 01:27 pm (UTC)
amaebi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Ah! I had been vaguely thinking of carving messages on potatoes!

Date: 2017-08-06 01:28 pm (UTC)
amaebi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Duh. A postage stamp.

Date: 2017-08-05 04:18 am (UTC)
goss: (Mail!)
From: [personal profile] goss
*giggles*

America is weird.

Date: 2017-08-05 04:45 am (UTC)
goss: (Animal - kink)
From: [personal profile] goss
The poor mailman... XD

Date: 2017-08-05 06:36 am (UTC)
solarbird: (Lecturing)
From: [personal profile] solarbird
MYSTERY POTATO is my Devo cover band.

Date: 2017-08-05 02:59 pm (UTC)
solarbird: (hard-on-picks)
From: [personal profile] solarbird
I'm joking. "_______ is my _______ cover band" is running gag in at least some musician circles.

Date: 2017-08-05 10:46 am (UTC)
seren_ccd: (Default)
From: [personal profile] seren_ccd
OMG. This is SO AWESOME!!!!

Date: 2017-08-05 10:50 am (UTC)
seren_ccd: (Default)
From: [personal profile] seren_ccd
Yam the Man!!!

(Sorry, I had to add to it!)

Date: 2017-08-05 01:08 pm (UTC)
colonelsandgeeks: Jack O'Neill (Default)
From: [personal profile] colonelsandgeeks
That just sounds utterly bizarre! Delightfully so, actually but bizarre nonetheless

Date: 2017-08-05 07:06 pm (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
For more fun, look up Mail Art. AIUI it helps to develop a friendly relationship with the folks at your local Post Office, because you usually want to get that stuff hand canceled.

My favorite video with mail art in it* is the documentary How to draw a bunny, about the artist Ray Johnson. At one point he's carrying a partial mannequin that he'd just received in the mail.

*admittedly the only video I've seen with mail art in it

Date: 2017-08-05 02:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] smile_n_cuddle
For some reason, this news makes me ridiculously happy. I am so obsessed with growing sweet potatoes that I think one of the coolest gifts ever is giving someone a beautifully-growing sweet potato potted plant.

I don't think people feel that way, so I try to avoid it. But I still always want to give people potatoes as presents. :/ LOL

Date: 2017-08-05 04:31 pm (UTC)
smile_n_cuddle: (Default)
From: [personal profile] smile_n_cuddle

That's so funny! My whole front garden has sweet potato ground cover, and it's also in portions of my back yard! I make them into smoothies with bananas, or use them when making vegan pancakes!

Date: 2017-08-05 10:38 pm (UTC)
dani_meows: (hobbitverse: I don't like green food)
From: [personal profile] dani_meows
If mailed from Florida would the potato be baked before it made it to the congresscritters?

Date: 2017-08-06 01:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
I love that!

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