The April Fool Archive

Great Great Potatoes    (April Fool's Day - 1917)

The Dutch magazine Het Leven ran a feature about the development of a new type of potato called the Great Great Potato. One Great Great Potato was said to be the equivalent in weight and nutritional value of 10 ordinary potatoes. Also, these new potatoes were exceptionally delicious. The joke doubtless played upon food shortages during the war and the necessity of rationing, offering brief (but false) hope that a new potato would bring relief.

The Great Great Potatoes shown on display in a store window.

The crowd gathered outside the shop window, eager to see the Great Great Potatoes.

Source: image 1, image 2.

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