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Ketchum, Idaho (Strutts News Services) – Over thousands of years humans have successfully domesticated animals, insects and plants. Domesticated animals include cats, dogs, chickens, cows, children, goats, horses, pigs and sheep, among many others. Domesticated insects include bees, and, um, other bees. Domesticated plants include corn, rice, rye, wheat, and many varieties of plants that we take for granted, like granola barensia and cocopuffsia.

In our long history of domesticating various species, early humans understood that in only one generation previously domesticated flora and fauna can, and often do, turn feral… sometimes with disastrous results.

That is exactly what happened Thursday afternoon, when tens of thousands of feral potatoes blocked State Route N US 91 from Wapello to Blackfoot, Idaho.

Potato attack

Eyewitness reports indicate that the spuds were upset about recent news reports promoting tax-funded corn subsidies for ethanol production. “We’ve seen enough!” said one, identified only as “Norgold Russet.” “Sure, corn has ears, but we’ve got eyes, and we don’t like what we see.”

With the arrival of an asphalt roller from nearby Idaho Falls, the protest disbanded slowly, leaving the denizens of Wapello in dismay. “We’re out of gravy!” exclaimed a tear-streaked Bonnie Phumph. “And the butter’s running out, too!”

Photo via Grit in the Gears

8 Responses to “Feral Spuds Strike in Idaho”

  1. on 29 Jul 2007 at 9:02 pm Pete Aldin

    There’s gotta be a metaphor or 2 in that picture. That’s definitely going in a powerpoint presentation somewehere.

  2. on 29 Jul 2007 at 9:52 pm Alpaca The Awesome

    Don’t make potatoes angry!

  3. on 30 Jul 2007 at 9:23 pm The Feed Bag

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  4. on 31 Jul 2007 at 9:31 pm johnsadowski

    i will go back in time with that photo and show it to the irish during the great potato famine and laugh heartily.

  5. on 06 Aug 2007 at 2:04 am Bunk

    Jonsadowski– Don’t do it. My ancestors will pound you and steal your cheese.

  6. on 20 Aug 2007 at 6:56 pm z

    they weren’t protesting – they were merely migrating – like the swallow -and not with a coconut (which would take two swallows)

  7. on 09 Oct 2007 at 9:29 pm tnstdel

    Would that be an African or European swallow?

  8. on 10 Oct 2007 at 3:24 am Bunk

    z– Are you talking about potato swallows or corn swallows?

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