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This Photograph Of A Dirty Potato Sold For $1.5 Million

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Potatoes rule. You can make virtually anything with one. This includes hash browns, french fries and even electricity. Because the potato is so cheap, you can pretty much get them in bulk for a low price. So a photo of an uncooked potato should go for even less, right?

Turns out, one potato picture sold for more than $1 million.

World famous photographer Kevin Absoch took a photo of a lumpy Irish potato. While the potato itself is pretty basic, the photograph is pretty stunning. Set to Absoch’s signature style of a single light source upon a black background, the potato almost looks mesmerizing.

The Sunday Times reports that Abosch was having lunch with a businessman and after a few drinks said he wanted to buy Absoch’s starchy picture. A payment of $1.5 million later and the businessman owned one of three copies of the photograph.

Abosch’s credentials include 21 Jump Street heartthrob Johnny Depp, Hook’s Dustin Hoffman and the late-great King Koopa Dennis Hopper.

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12 Unexpected Foods You Can Eat Raw And How To Do So Without Dying

While many health-conscious folks are into their raw and juice diets, others choose to incorporate uncooked foods without thinking twice. We’re down either way. Although chowing on any food that’s normally cooked will always pose some risk. Here are a few common (and some unusual) eats you’ll want to think twice about.

Chicken

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In Japan, chicken sashimi isn’t a big deal. So, why do Americans freak out over uncooked poultry? The issue has to do with how large quantities are farmed and butchered under less than ideal conditions. Because of this, reports of salmonella poisoning are higher domestically. Restaurants that source chickens from farms with organic, free-range and exceptionally sanitary practices when processing are a safer bet.

Nutmeg

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This PSL spice base shows no signs of danger, so long as it’s eaten in moderation. Taking in extreme quantities may end in myristicin poisoning, which can result in memory loss and visual distortions.

Fesikh

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This fermented, Egyptian fish is fine to dine on. Of course, that’s assuming you dry it in the sun or ferment in salt for a whole year. Bad things (Botulism, anyone?) will come to those who don’t wait.

Ackee 

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It looks harmless enough, right? Wrong! Ensure it’s ripe before consuming. And avoid the black seeds at all costs, unless you desire something called Jamaican vomiting sickness. Ew.

Steak

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Many people still believe having steak that isn’t cooked to “no pink” status is dangerous. It’s one hell of a misconception. Tasty examples of raw cow include beef carpaccio and steak tartare. Like most things you pay good money for, leave it to a well-seasoned chef to prepare this. They’ll serve those dishes using higher quality meat.

See: We Ate The 12 Most Bizarre Things You Could Find In LA, Silkworms And Crickets Included

Potato 

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Raw potatoes are about as exciting as gnawing on celery. But if you’re as desperate as Matt Damon in The Martian, go right ahead. Be sure to avoid any green ones, though. Glycoalkaloids found in these can cause diarrhea or put you in a coma.

Fugu (aka Puffer) Fish 

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If you’ve got an expert fish monger, you’re good to go. Just have them discard the liver and internal organs before they make you ill. Cyanide has nothing on fugu poison: it’s 1,200 times more deadly.

Rhubarb 

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Normally pickled or baked into pies, this leafy plant contains a poison known as oxalic acid. This only becomes a concern, however, when had in large amounts. I don’t know anybody who goes crazy eating this vegetable, so don’t be the first.

Sushi

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A general guideline sushi purists have (besides never, ever ordering rolls) has to do with cleanliness. If they think for a second that an establishment is less than spotless, they won’t dine there. Same goes for the seafood. Busy sushi bars go through fish quicker, meaning fresher seafood in rotation. On a medical note, the Food and Drug Administration dictates that sushi grade fish be kept at freezing temperatures to ward off parasites.

Starfruit  

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As pretty as it sounds, you should probably only try starfruit if you have strong kidneys. Impaired kidneys can’t filter out neurotoxins, making starfruit and its oxalic acid bad news for weak systems. Side effects include vomiting, convulsions, and mental confusion.

Elderberries 

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This Harry Potter-esque item should be consumed fully ripened, minus the leaves, twigs, seeds and roots. Ingesting them too soon could mean cyanide poisoning.

Sannakji 

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I’d advise you to cover this raw Korean dish with extra sesame oil and chew like crazy. Remember: they’re served alive. If they fight back and attach themselves to your insides, you’ll choke! But man, would that make for a great story.

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Trader Joe’s Adds Spooky Hot GHOST PEPPER POTATO Chips To Shelves

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Sure, the Ghost chili isn’t the world’s hottest pepper anymore. That doesn’t mean it’s still not one of the hottest peppers around. It’s more than 400 times hotter than a jalapeño, after all. So if you’re a fan of spicy snacks, Trader Joe’s just dropped a new potato chip flavor that might just work for you.

Trader Joe’s Ghost Chili Lattice Cut Potato Chips are made with a special spicy Ghost Pepper seasoning. While they don’t completely boast the 1,000,000 Scoville units of their namesake, they should still be pretty hot. The lattice also allow more seasoning to stick to the chips.

A 7-ounce bag might run you about $2.29 at Trader Joe’s. Prices, however, might vary depending on location.

 

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This Hack Will Let You Eat Pringles Without Breaking A Single Chip

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Anyone who’s purchased a can of Pringles knows that any chip past the halfway mark is pretty much unreachable by the full-grown hand. Either you can try to reach for it and guarantee broken chips, or tilt the can over your mouth and hope you don’t choke to death.

The guys at The Tripp and Tyler Show present a different solution to enjoying Pringles.

Just take a piece of regular printer paper, slightly bend it and slide it into the can. Once inside you can now pull all your Pringles out to enjoy at once. Or, y’know, dump it into a bowl.

You can check out the full video here.

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This Simple Potato-Peeling Hack Will Save You Tons Of Time And Grief In The Kitchen

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Peeling potatoes can definitely be a hassle. Between fumbling through the kitchen for a peeler and spending loads of time paring away, things can get tedious just to get those potatoes bare.

YouTuber Dave Hax (get it?) has discovered a quick and easy way to get your potatoes peeled without having to go though all the unnecessary work. All you need are some potatoes, a knife and some hot water.

The peeler begins by cutting a thin line across the potato, enough to penetrate only the skin. Then they simply just throw them in a pot, add boiling water, wait for the potatoes to cook and drain them. Cool the potatoes with cold water for a few minutes and once they’re able to be picked up, the peels should slip right off.

Easy, right?

Check out the video below to see a more detailed look at his process.

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Great Scott! Superman Sandwich Spotted at McDonald’s Hong Kong

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A month ago, McDonald’s Hong Kong launched a pretty bad-ass Batman burger served in a Dark Knight-themed box and all. Now it looks like they’re moving on to the next most popular DC Comics superhero: Superman.

The Honey Mustard Chicken is a Superman-inspired sandwich made with a crispy chicken patty, a slice of cheese, two slices of bacon, lettuce and honey mustard sauce. It’s sandwiched between a crushed oat bun. Also available are two Man of Steel-themed sides: a blue Bubblegum McFloat and Potato Cheese Balls.

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We’re guessing McDonald’s will eventually go through the entire Justice League roster with a Green Lantern shake and an Aquaman fish sandwich.

The Superman items are available at participating Hong Kong McDonald’s locations. No official word yet on pricing, but they come in awesome Superman boxes.

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H/T supersupergirl’s

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Lay’s ‘Do Us a Flavor Winner’ Is Not Cappuccino

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Many potato chip fans may remember a few months ago that four Frito-Lay’s test flavors hit the shelves. America snacked on them and snacked on them hard in order keep their favorite on the shelves. The finalists in the “Do Us a Flavor” competition were: Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger, Cappuccino and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

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It looks like Wasabi Ginger came out on top as it was officially named the winner of the contest. Those of you who remember our taste test and prediction back in July now know that, yes, we called it. While we did enjoy Cappuccino more than the other two runners-up, we’re guessing everyone else didn’t.

USA Today reports that Meneko Spigner McBeth, the creator of Wasabi Ginger, was declared the winner on Monday at a dinner for the finalists. McBeth will receive either a year’s worth of Lay’s Wasabi Ginger sales or $1 million, whichever figure ends up higher. Not bad.

H/T USA Today

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We Require These Potato Rings, Stat

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