potatoes
Matt Damon Might Have Been Right About Potatoes on Mars

In 2015, Matt Damon reprised his role of “confused Boston actor” in the sci-fi film The Martian. The We Bought a Zoo star was able to survive for months on the Red Planet thanks to his ingenious decision to grow potatoes for food. Now, a NASA-backed project wants to see if Matt Damon’s potato scheme could actually work on Mars. And the early results are promising. Read More >>

science
There’s a Much Better Choice than Potatoes for Our First Space Farm

The Martian made space potato farming look, if not quite delicious or easy, then certainly plausible. But if we’re really going to live out in space, potatoes should absolutely not be our first farming choice. Read More >>

health
Burnt Toast and Roast Potatoes are Your Cancer-Causing Foods of the Week

The latest food scare involves a thing known as acrylamide, a chemical created when things are burnt to a crisp. The bad news for us is that food researchers have found stronger links between nice burnt crispy foods and cancer, with the FSA suggesting that blackened toast, overly roasted potatoes and darker homemade chips are worse for us than previously thought. Read More >>

wtf
Potato Salad Kickstarter Beats Funding Goal by Over 500,000 Per Cent

Remember Zack Danger Brown's hilarious potato salad Kickstarter? It just ended with more than $55,000 (£32,700) in funding on a $10 (£6) goal. Now Danger (as we call him) says he'll actually do something productive with all that money. Read More >>

wtf
Mashed Potato Disaster Closes Yorkshire Road

A road in North Yorkshire was closed for five hours over the weekend, after a lorry shed its load of instant mashed potato granules. Surface moisture turned the granules into potato, creating a tasty potato-based slush that made the road too treacherous for traffic. North Yorks police said grit, chemicals, snow ploughs and hoses were used to clear it up. [NYP via Independent] Read More >>

foodmodo
“Mashtag” Potato 3.0 Redesign Beta Rolling Out in March

Birds Eye has invented a new form of food for nutritional gurus, in the shape of Mashtags. Or, as the packaging suggests, Mas#tags, the #New and #Tasty potato shapes. Serving suggestion: Listlessly push them around a chipped plate while feeling sad and not as hungry as you were when you put them in the oven and willing your phone to do something interesting. Read More >>

weapons
This Potato Bazooka Delivers the World’s Most Fearsome Frozen Food

Any mischief-maker worth his property damage knows a thing or two about using spud-based projectile weaponry. Our good pal Joerg Sprave is no different, though his weapon of choice uses wood and rubber bands instead of PVC and hairspray. Read More >>

happy hour
Ten Crazy Things People Use to Make Booze

Sometimes you just don't have the right resources to make a decent drink. But if you get enough sober, thirsty minds focused on the problem, humans can find some pretty creative ways to come up with alcohol. Read More >>

retromodo
Shove This Insane Contraption on Your Head to Cook Potatoes

I love potatoes as much as the next guy. Maybe even more than the next guy. But I cross the line at putting a bucket on my head to cook a few spuds. Well, unless I was cooking au gratin potatoes. Read More >>