O U T S I D E L E F T   stay i n d e p e n d e n t

300 Words From London: Spuds You'll Like

Remember that episode of Cheers when Cliff had a potato that looked like Richard Nixon?

get the weekly Outsideleft newsletter
by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: February, 2006
...Competition will be tough. I have a potato here that looks exactly like Ringo Starr.
by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: February, 2006
...Competition will be tough. I have a potato here that looks exactly like Ringo Starr.

Remember that episode of Cheers when Cliff had a potato that looked like Richard Nixon? Or remember when feeble magazine-style TV shows had a section where they showed fruit or vegetables that looked like people? Wow. Simple fun. Back in the days before GM and chemicals made all our produce look uniform and blemish free it was always fun to find an Elephant Man look-a-like spud or a carrot that had two legs and a huge erection (insert canned laughter).

These days, even organic shops and home-grown allotment produce seems to be devoid of any freakish vegetable mutants. Where have they all gone?

As a kind of deformed vegetable festival there is a celebrity potato contest in London this very weekend. Organised by the Starchy Gallery it's an opportunity for all glamorous potatoes to gather and battle it out to be King Spud.

Unfortunately, judging by previous years, more effort is put into potato decoration and costuming than in actually finding anthropomorphic tubers. This seems like cheating to me. You can put a dress and a blond wig on any potato and stake a claim its Marilyn Monroe. I want to see more like the marvellous Mother Teresa potato: the wrinkled likeness is uncanny.

Entries are open for your own potato and, like the BAFTAs, you don't even need to be there in person. Just send a photo by email. But be warned, competition will be tough. I have a potato here that looks exactly like Ringo Starr.

Starch Gallery

see more stories from outsideleft's Culture archive »»

Lake
Editor, London

the first journalism Lake ever had published was a history of Johnny Thunders for Record Collector magazine, since then he has written for publications including the Guardian, Dazed and Confused, the Idler and more recently, outsideleft.com as you have just seen.

Outsideleft Night In
OL's Daily Playlist to Stay In For
sun.30.may, Jason Lewis
[ MORE INFO / NIGHT IN PAGE »» ]

MORE STORIES TO READ...


thumb through the ancient archives:

search for something you might like...


sign up for the outsideleft weekly. a selection of new and archived stories every week. Or less.

View previous campaigns.

And The Sticker Really Does Smell Like Laundered Money
Chicago unleashes some of its more virulent cororate citezens in the grindcore of HeWhoCorrupts
Skin + Bones + Drainpipes
Skin+Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture is big and beautiful and happening at MOCA
Onwards to the Back 9: Outsideleft's most popular stories of 2008 so far
It's midsummer and while most everyone everhwere whoever wanted has read most of these, in case you missed anything... The Most Popular Stories of 2008, So Far...
David Byrne Invites You to Join The Neurosociety
David Byrne has been developing an immersive neuroscience exhibition, erm, piece, and now you can join in
I Come From the Land of the Ice and Snow
The chill of winter is blowing up the collective housedress, and Nurse With Wound, Xela and Matmos all float in on the breeze first blown by The Residents back in 1979.
Parquet Courts
12th best in Jason's Annual Review of records
Some of our favorite things...