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You Can Actually Book A Giant Potato In Idaho As Your Next AirBnB

Whenever something random like “potato” trends on Twitter, you have to be cautious, because it could mean anything, and often is something you don’t want to see.

Thankfully, it was trending for a bizarre, yet pretty awesome reason, as a Boise, Idaho AirBnB rents out a giant potato hotel room.

 

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For $200 a night, you can stay in this 28-foot-long, 6-ton potato that’s furnished with one bed, one bath, a couple of chairs to lounge on, and an intricate antler chandelier.

It has air conditioning, so you don’t have to worry about baking into a stuffed potato, but it also has a fireplace for those chilly nights.

 

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The potato was built and is being rented out by Krisitie Wolfe, who also created an incredible Tropical Tree House in Hawaii. That tree house is also on AirBnB and has a starting price point of $300 per night.

 

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The Idaho Potato Commission is fully behind this spud-themed hotel, announcing its opening this past Earth Day.

While you wouldn’t think people would be flocking to Idaho, the “hotel” is already booked through May and is almost unavailable through June, as of this writing.

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Cravings Restaurants Video

Restaurant Transforms A Loaded Baked Potato Into The Pizza Of Your Dreams

A well-made loaded baked potato can set the tone for a hearty American meal. While nothing beats the classic side dish, a pizzeria chain is putting a unique spin on loaded baked potatoes that have us turning our heads and reaching for a slice… or five.

Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza is taking the classic side dish and turning it into an all-star bite by turning it into a pizza.

The pie is topped with slices of baked potatoes, and piled with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. To complete the essence of a loaded baked potato, the pizza is finished with bacon bits, green onions, and a generous drizzle of sour cream.

For those with a sweet tooth, Oggi’s is also offering a special dessert pizza that’s layered with honey ricotta cheese, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. It’s then finished with a fresh berry compote. You can even request to have it a la mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for maximum dessert purposes, of course.

Man, in a perfect world, every dish would be crafted in pizza form. One day, Pete. Until that day, the Loaded Baked Potato Pizza and the dessert pizza are available at all the Oggi’s locations to tide us all over.

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Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss News

How The Wendy’s Baked Potato Became A $100 Million Item

With a successful 48-year history, Wendy’s has clearly become a fast food icon. However, some may not realize Wendy’s is the only fast food joint that sells a baked potato. Thanks to the success of this classic item over the years, the Wendy’s baked potato may just be the best deal in fast food.

The concept of the baked potato is simple, but according to Thrillist, the process of getting this steamy side item into stores and onto the plates of customers is a “logistical nightmare,” and that’s where Wendy’s is cashing in.

While potatoes have a very traditional role inside the fast food industry, most potatoes quickly shed their natural state after being cut and fried. Case in point, a plain Wendy’s baked potato weighs 11.5 ounces and is about 270 calories.

Even when cheese and bacon bits are added, it’s only 480 calories. Compared to a 320-calorie small order of fries, Wendy’s baked potato is clearly superior in terms of serving size, while being a slightly healthier alternative.

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Still, there’s no easy way to go about cooking a baked potato. However, Wendy’s has innovated, bringing in new convection ovens to handle, “1 million potatoes per week,” according to a Wendy’s spokesperson.

According to Lori Estrada, Wendy’s VP of Culinary Innovation, being able to find a solution for this time-consuming challenge in a fast-food industry built on convenience and speed is where Wendy’s has capitalized the most.

With the cost of a plain baked potato between $1.89 and $1.99 before tax, multiplied by the number of units sold — 1 million potatoes per week, or 52 million a year — it can be estimated that Wendy’s baked potatoes bring in $2 million per week. That’s about $100 million annually.

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“It’s a challenge, operationally, to be able to serve them and have them ready for every customer who comes through our doors,” Estrada divulged. “I can only guess that aspect has made it hard for other places to be willing to put something like this into production.”

Considering the endless possibilities of baked potato modification, which Estrada said can be customized with, “anything we top our fries or burgers with,” Wendy’s baked potato is a beacon of creativity, sustenance and truly one of the most over-looked menu items in fast food.

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Health News

Scientists Find A Potato That Can Grow On Mars And Fight World Hunger

Remember that scene from The Martian where Matt Damon was living off of potatoes he grew on Mars?

That actually might become a reality in the very near future (the potatoes part, that is).

Researchers at Peru’s University of Engineering and Technology planted 65 different varieties of potatoes in an emulated version of Mars’s soil to see if any could viably grow. Four were able to grow, but one thrived better than others and demonstrated a strong possibility that we could grow this potato — now dubbed the “Unique” potato — on the Red Planet.

Unlike the movie, where the potatoes were just grown in the soil, the researchers grew the potatoes initially in a controlled environment identical to that on Mars. After initial testing, they planted the potato varieties in a desert environment with a mixture of crushed rock and nutrients to see which grew best. The Unique potato stood out among the rest, according to Food Processing-Technology.

“The extraordinary efforts of the team have set the bar for extraterrestrial farming,” said NASA Ames planetary scientist Chris McKay about the project. “The idea of growing food for human colonies in space could be a reality very soon.”

Apart from the viability of potatoes on Mars, the research also had a secondary purpose: to publicize potatoes as a way to combat global hunger. Potatoes are actually a great crop to grow in harsh soils, and provide iron, vitamin C, and zinc. With global warming conditions as they are, we need some agricultural solutions, and fast.

This research means that we may have an alternative: growing potatoes in harsh, arid climates, including desert-like areas… and Mars.

Yes, potatoes on Mars may be the key to solving world hunger. It’s literally an out-of-this-world solution, but pressing times call for innovative answers.

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Celebrity Grub Hit-Or-Miss

Dirk Nowitzki Receives Customized Potato After Scoring 30,000 Points

If you’re one of the six players in the NBA to ever reach the 30,000 point milestone, it’s safe to assume you can expect some pretty cool gifts after you accomplish something so monumental.

Well, in Dallas Maverick’s star Dirk Nowitzki’s case, he got a potato.

On Wednesday morning, the star power forward tweeted an image of his questionable piece of fan mail for the world to see. While it’s a weird gift, the potato itself is pretty cool — if you’re into potatoes with an image of Dirk on them.

When Nowitzki tweeted the image, the sender of the customized vegetable was still unknown, but shortly after, the USA Today Sports blog For The Win reported that PotatoParcel, a company that allows customers to customize potatoes with personalized images and funny phrases, had sent it to Nowitzki.

While there’s no significance between Nowitzki and PotatoParcel directly, the company did appear on the ABC television show Shark Tank a few years ago and actually received funding.

Ironically enough, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has worked as a Shark Tank ‘Shark’ for years. Although Cuban didn’t fund the PotatoParcel project, it’s nice to see a fellow Shark showing support for one of Cuban’s guys.

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Film/Television News

Cards Against Humanity Aired A Genius Super Bowl Ad – Of A Potato

Cards Against Humanity is known for their ridiculous marketing stunts that seem to just make no sense. They once made $500,000 by selling nothing, and even raised over $100,573 in donations to dig the biggest hole they possibly could.

Their Super Bowl marketing scheme, however, is one of the craziest – and funniest – things I’ve ever seen.

The company aired a commercial in the Midwest during the pregame, and it was literally just a single potato with the word “ADVERTISEMENT” written on it. That was it. No music, no movement, no glitz, no glamour. A sole potato, sitting in front of a single camera, for 30 seconds.

Of course, nobody had any idea what was going on at the time, and Twitter was filled with confused tweets about what everyone just saw.

After the big game, Cards Against Humanity came out with a blog post on Medium admitting to creating the advertisement, and explaining their “thinking” behind it. (Of course, this was just the follow-up joke to create an intricate story of hilarity that only Cards Against Humanity could pull off).

The post displayed stories of advertising agencies, graphs about consumer preference of potatoes, and even the process behind choosing the right potato for the ad. Of course, nobody knew what the ad was about, so it didn’t do much to gain attention for the company when it aired.

“While we succeeded creatively, the advertisement showed a disappointing return on investment ($0), and we are now going out of business.”

(They’re not really going out of business.)

Cards Against Humanity then closed with a message on what they were really going for in their entire marketing scheme, from ad to follow-up post:

“At Cards Against Humanity, we believe that you can only become a master by trying and failing. In this way, failure is life’s greatest teacher; failure is actually success. At Cards Against Humanity, we fail all the time. We are veterans of failure. And constant failure, plus unlimited capital, is what led us to greatness.”

What was seen as a confusing and stupid commercial is now being heralded on the Twitterverse as brilliant and amazing.

I don’t know if this “new form” of advertising will catch on, but for a company as out-of-the-box as Cards Against Humanity? Yea, it totally works.

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How To Make Spiral Chips With A Potato And A Skewer [WATCH]

If you’ve never seen spiral potato chips, they’re kind of like curly fries on a stick. While they’re a novelty snack at state fairs and night markets, you can actually make these and season them from home. YouTuber Dave Hax showed how easy it is to make one of these, as he just stuck a skewer through the potato, used a knife to apply the spiral cut, and put them in the oven to bake, although you can also deep fry it. So if you want a new way to make that potato, here it is. You can season it and keep on a stick, or dump them on a plate for a nice little side dish.

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Pizza Hut Has A GOLD-Crusted Pizza And Here’s How To Get It [KATCHUP]

In this corner, still the current champion of weekly story compilations, weighing in at 6 awesome stories…ladies and gentlemen, I give to you…the Foodbeast Weekly Katchup!

You may have missed out on all the shenanigans we’ve gotten into this past week, but fear not, for now is your chance at redemption!

Check out the video above find out where to get Big Mac sauce, the most expensive picture of a potato we’ve ever seen, and…gold-encrusted pizza?! WTF?!

1. McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce For Sale

Well it’s about damn time, McDonald’s! The uber-popular fast food chain has finally started selling their Big Mac sauce by the bottle.

Unfortunately, this is a limited-time offer, and it’s only available in Australia. Still, I’m sure we can convince our friends down under to save a couple of bottles for us.

2. The Golden Donut

This $100 work of edible art is made by hand, then it’s topped with stuffed with purple ube mousse and Cristal jelly. Finally, it’s covered in enough gold to make Goldmember’s skin start spontaneously flaking.

And yes, that Cristal. The same one you would find in music videos being poured down supermodels’ throats by any number of 1998’s most popular rappers.

3. $1.5 Million Dollar Potato Photograph

I don’t know which is worse, the fact that somebody paid that much for a picture of a potato, or the fact that apparently I could have been selling sexy potato pictures for buttloads of cash this whole time.

With that in mind, there is something to be said about my overwhelming desire for fries and hash browns right now…

4. Crazy Kitty Coffee Art

Elena is just like you and me, only when she spills coffee on her paperwork, she puts out some insanely dope stuff.

Not only did she manage to capture the essence of each cat in her artwork, but she also painted them in such a surrealist way that, if you think about it, the photographs of the art are art themselves.

Go ahead let that sink in while I start splashing Dr. Pepper on construction paper until one of the stains makes a German shepherd.

5. The Chicken Nugget Heist of 2016

Surely we’ve all dreamed of that one moment in a parallel universe where we stand up at our desks, throw shit at our obnoxious coworkers, then leave a big pile of steaming shit on our boss’s desk. No? Just me? Oh.

Well, one lucky guy got to live out the dream of his parallel universe. On his way out on his last day working for Burger King, John Correa made sure to leave a lasting impression by stealing all of the branch’s chicken nuggets. One thing we know for sure he didn’t leave…is hungry.

6. The Golden Pizza

Pizza Hut is in the news again, only this time it’s for something other than their drug-dealing employees.

Exactly 50 gold-encrusted pizzas will be sent out on Super Bowl Sunday to 50 lucky customers. *The catch, though, is that you have to order one of Pizza Hut’s Golden Garlic Knots Pizzas.

*Note: You will not receive an Oompa Loompa-guided tour of the Pizza Hut factory if you win, despite what you may have heard about a marinara river that runs through the factory.