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Old 07-18-2003, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you do with 300lbs of potatoes?

The company my uncle works for got called today to clear out a bunch of stuff from a train that was overloaded. It was over the weight limit I guess, so they had to clear out enough stuff (mostly logs and potatoes) so it made the weight requirement.

My uncles company just gets to keep the stuff, since its too expensive for the company hauling it to ship the extras back so he brought home about 1000lbs of potatoes, and a bunch of the logs.

So, he just dropped off 300lbs of them for us:

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I guess we'll just store most of them in the basement, but I dont look forward to moving the 100lbs bags. lol

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Old 07-18-2003, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get out those potato salad recipes!
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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potato salad, my ass! Let go invade Rhode Island!!

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ohhh yeah, yeah, yeah... you're in Canada, eh. Any provinces you don't like much? I hear those guys in Quebec are real bastards. They've got it coming.
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Make 150 lbs of mashed potatoes (with a whole lot of gravy) and 150 lbs of home made french fries. Then invite everyone you know over and hope they eat it all.
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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DonkeyPuncher has the only possible correct answer here:
Make a potato cannon. They are the best thing ever.
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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WOW! I love those PAC's! My brother has one.. nothing so hi-tech tho... just some poly-cemented pvc pipe, fill it up with some aerosol, press the igniter switch and watch the potato fly jimmy!
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hehe, I might just end up making a potato cannon. I've never made one but a friend of mine has. Good idea,
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I know this doesn't apply to our friend with the flapping head and beady eyes, but to anyone eyeing the kick-ass PACs...


DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Washington, DC 20226
Sep 12 1995 3311.4


Dear Mr. XXXXXXXXX

This refers to your letter of August 18, 1995, in which you ask about the legality of a device known as the "Spud Gun." These subject devices are generally constructed from PVC tubing and fittings and are designed to launch a muzzle loaded potato using aerosol hair spray or other type of propellant.

Ignition is by means of some type of "spark" igniter.


The Bureau has previously examined devices known as "Spud Guns, Potato Guns, or Spudzookas" and have determined that such devices, in and of themselves, are not firearms as defined in Title 18 United States Code (U.S.C.), Chapter 44, S 921(a)(3) or 26 U.S.C., Chapter 53, S 5845.

However, any similar devices which can be determined to be weapons by reason of their design construction, intended use, actual use, ammunition or other factors may meet the definition of a firearm under Title 18 or 26 U.S.C.

We suggest that you contact your State and local law enforcement authorities concerning possession of such devices.

We trust that the foregoing has been responsive to your inquiry. If we may be of further assistance please contact us.

Sincerely yours,
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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tater cannon gets my vote
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Potato Cannon was the first thought that came to my mind
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Peel, quarter and can them.
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I hate to be a buzzkill, but is there a food bank in your area? You could feed 300 pounds of spuds to hungry people.

Shit, keep 100 pounds for yourself to play with if you want. It just seems like you have an opportunity to make your world a slightly better place at zero cost to you.
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Well, duh. Isn't "visit the local shelter" the obvious answer?

You know, after invading Quebec. Which was a totally plausible offering...
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:51 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Are you Irish?
Screw that - is he Russian? I bet he could make a fair amount of vodka with that many potatoes. A little Chopin, anyone?
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Old 07-18-2003, 03:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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spud guns are tons of fun

but be sure to shoot it off in a remote location, law enforcement types aren't too fond of them
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Old 07-18-2003, 05:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The foodbank thing's a great idea. Also, chowder. Lots of chowder. Requires nothing but potatoes, milk, and butter; I could eat it three times a day.

But whatever you do with those potatoes, get rid of them before they go bad. Nothing smells worse than a bad of rotten potatoes. Bad as an overripe portajohn.
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Old 07-18-2003, 05:26 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I hate to be a buzzkill, but is there a food bank in your area? You could feed 300 pounds of spuds to hungry people.

Shit, keep 100 pounds for yourself to play with if you want. It just seems like you have an opportunity to make your world a slightly better place at zero cost to you.
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Sorry dude, Food banks wont take produce...just canned goods, and packaged food.
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Old 07-18-2003, 05:45 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Drive-by potatoing upon the homeless.
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Old 07-18-2003, 06:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
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spud guns are tons of fun

but be sure to shoot it off in a remote location, law enforcement types aren't too fond of them
Not to mention it's unsafe to shoot them off in populated areas.
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Old 07-18-2003, 06:35 PM   #22 (permalink)
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dude. seriously:

get some dark to put them under. we own the first house built in Oak Grove, a house off the ground built in 1879, and we put the potatoes we plant under it. the darkness and semi-controlled heat keeps them good for months.

seems like one year we were using some for right at a year.

oh and potato guns. nuff said

um i lied

how about soup kitches?
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Old 07-18-2003, 06:56 PM   #23 (permalink)
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The Bureau has previously examined devices known as "Spud Guns, Potato Guns, or Spudzookas" and have determined that such devices, in and of themselves, are not firearms as defined in Title 18 United States Code (U.S.C.), Chapter 44, S 921(a)(3) or 26 U.S.C., Chapter 53, S 5845.

However, any similar devices which can be determined to be weapons by reason of their design construction, intended use, actual use, ammunition or other factors may meet the definition of a firearm under Title 18 or 26 U.S.C.

We suggest that you contact your State and local law enforcement authorities concerning possession of such devices.
This CAN'T be! A reasonable response from the BATF??
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:24 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Pull out (or make) a potato gun... those rule
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:27 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'd definatly have to go somewhere remote. Just shooting a cap gun off near my place would probably get the cops called. lol

I'm pretty sure the foodbank wouldn't take them like krwlz said, and my area doesn't have many places like that anyway or my uncle atleast would give some away.

Our house is pretty old too, so the basement is really cool (completely cement) so I think they'll stay good for awhile, plus they're really fresh to start with. Was a bitch trying to get them down the rickety stairs though, almost broke my back.

Thanks for all the good ideas though, wouldn't have thought of most.
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Old 07-18-2003, 10:47 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Reguardless of what you decide to do, I'd say do it pretty soon. Man, I had to remove a sack of rotten potatoes from my kitchen the other day and thought I was gonna hurl the whole way to the dumpster. That was only three or four, I can't imagine what a few thousand would smell like.

You know, its kinda sad when something like this happens. I'm sure some farmer worked his ass off to grow those things so they could be sold in stores... now they're just sitting around. I bet crap like that happens all the time that most people aren't aware of. Imagine how much less expensive things would be if everything wasn't so ass backward.
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Old 07-18-2003, 11:06 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Hehe, I might just end up making a potato cannon. I've never made one but a friend of mine has. Good idea,
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Old 07-19-2003, 10:39 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I read a book once where this chick carved a potato into a dildo. maybe if you get bored with the cannon....
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Old 07-19-2003, 10:47 AM   #29 (permalink)
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All u need is 150lb of fish and open up a Big Fry....

Spudguns are fine 'til someone loses an eye... (Groan)
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Old 07-19-2003, 03:19 PM   #30 (permalink)
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BIG ASS CURLY FRIES!

edit: hey i just thought you could take some to a homeless shelter or a food bank. i'm sure they would really appreciate it.
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Old 07-19-2003, 04:37 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Sorry dude, Food banks wont take produce...just canned goods, and packaged food.
Really? Crap!

It just seems like there are a lot of hungry people out there. There are 300 lbs of spuds. Somehow the two should connect.
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Old 07-19-2003, 07:39 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Really? Crap!

It just seems like there are a lot of hungry people out there. There are 300 lbs of spuds. Somehow the two should connect.
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It does suck! My grandmother once had so many melons, and squash to get rid of, like a completely heaping a flat bed hay wagon, and they wouldnt take em. It was pre packaged so...its just to bad
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Old 07-19-2003, 09:38 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Make a bunch of hashbrowns!
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Old 07-19-2003, 09:56 PM   #34 (permalink)
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baked potatos, twice backed potatos, mashed potatos, potato soup, potatos au gratin, french fries, potato salad, fried potatos and eggs, hash browns, 'taters and grits, etc etc etc. c'mon, be creative! maybe take a jaunt over to the cooking forum and see what people suggest? as for the guns, well... check w/ your local enforcement, and see how far on the sunny side of legality they are... you saw the ATF's letter above...
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Old 07-20-2003, 09:29 AM   #35 (permalink)
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300#s of taters....potato gun....look at this

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Old 07-20-2003, 11:59 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Old 07-20-2003, 12:16 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Red Russets, goooood eatin'.

Sometimes homemade guns can be more dangerous to the shooter than to the target. Personnally I'd trust steel pipe more than pvc.
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Old 07-20-2003, 02:10 PM   #38 (permalink)
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if i had 300lbs of potatoes...i'd do two chicks at the same time.
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Old 07-21-2003, 05:26 AM   #39 (permalink)
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if i had 300lbs of potatoes...i'd do two chicks at the same time.
nice office space ref...

i would take a look at www.cockeyed.com for some ideas. maybe some sort of free mashed potato night should be in your future.

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Old 07-21-2003, 05:59 AM   #40 (permalink)
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