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(Some Guy)   "Perfect storm' of potato blight could lead to crop being wiped out in United Kingdom, thousands of starving Irish showing up everywhere else in the world. Yet again   (farminguk.com) divider line 41
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2014-05-13 10:18:19 AM  
Back in 4th grade, when we were learning about the Potato Famine, I proudly raised my hand and said
"That's when my mommy came to America!"

Granted, my mom did come to this country from Ireland in '56.  1956, when it was still known as Idlewild
Airport, when she was 17 years old.

She was NOT pleased to find out I thought she'd come here in the mid 1800s.
 
2014-05-13 10:31:19 AM  
Good thing I saved great grandpa's sign.
 
2014-05-13 10:33:22 AM  
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2014-05-13 10:58:24 AM  
I read the first four words in the headline and thought this was about CPAC or something.
 
2014-05-13 11:06:43 AM  
Thank god for the potato famine.  My ancestors left Ireland, and, well, here I am.
 
2014-05-13 11:10:41 AM  

DoctorOfLove: Thank god for the potato famine.  My ancestors left Ireland, and, well, here I am.


Farking immigrants taking real Americans jobs
 
2014-05-13 11:17:18 AM  
What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?
 
2014-05-13 11:20:34 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: DoctorOfLove: Thank god for the potato famine.  My ancestors left Ireland, and, well, here I am.

Farking immigrants taking real Americans jobs


You totally wanted one of those sweet railroad track-laying through the Appalachian back country jobs, didn't you?
 
2014-05-13 11:24:54 AM  

Tillmaster: What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?


It's a potato that wasn't planted this year (i.e. one which wasn't dug up in last years' harvest, and re-sprouted).  The blight overwinters in last years' tubers.
 
2014-05-13 11:25:17 AM  

cgraves67: Mid_mo_mad_man: DoctorOfLove: Thank god for the potato famine.  My ancestors left Ireland, and, well, here I am.

Farking immigrants taking real Americans jobs

You totally wanted one of those sweet railroad track-laying through the Appalachian back country jobs, didn't you?


With the Irish driving down the wages it's hard for us real Americans. Plus they clog up are schools with thier twelve kid families.
 
2014-05-13 11:25:56 AM  

Tillmaster: What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?


City slickers.  Can't eat them, they can't feed themselves.
 
2014-05-13 11:33:18 AM  
I blame the English...  for not wiping the lot of them out years ago.

/English-American
 
2014-05-13 11:34:17 AM  
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2014-05-13 11:37:25 AM  

CheekyMonkey: Tillmaster: What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?

It's a potato that wasn't planted this year (i.e. one which wasn't dug up in last years' harvest, and re-sprouted).  The blight overwinters in last years' tubers.


And they grow very easily.  Growing up, my parents kept a compost pile in the backyard, and a few months after they threw some potato scraps in it, there were fully-grown potatoes ready to harvest.
 
2014-05-13 11:39:01 AM  

anfrind: CheekyMonkey: Tillmaster: What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?

It's a potato that wasn't planted this year (i.e. one which wasn't dug up in last years' harvest, and re-sprouted).  The blight overwinters in last years' tubers.

And they grow very easily.  Growing up, my parents kept a compost pile in the backyard, and a few months after they threw some potato scraps in it, there were fully-grown potatoes ready to harvest.


Poop-tatoes?
 
2014-05-13 11:41:09 AM  
The Irish Famine was not a potato bight, per se, but a genocidal campaign caused by absentee British landowners and Corn Law policy.

Discuss ...
 
2014-05-13 12:00:31 PM  

Tillmaster: What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?


Pretty sure that's what you call the guy who was standing outside the mall in Knoxville during the mayoral election a couple years ago (won by Madeline Rogero) holding up the sign saying "Women belong in the Kitchen, not City Hall."
 
2014-05-13 12:16:32 PM  
What did the Irish eat before Columbus discovered the Americas?
 
2014-05-13 12:27:04 PM  
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2014-05-13 12:33:22 PM  
Watch "How Booze Built America" with Mike Rowe. Part of the Irish wages for the Erie canal was something like 32 ounces of whisky. Per day.
 
2014-05-13 12:36:37 PM  

R.A.Danny: Watch "How Booze Built America" with Mike Rowe. Part of the Irish wages for the Erie canal was something like 32 ounces of whisky. Per day.


pfft. amateurs
 
2014-05-13 12:37:12 PM  

SDRR: R.A.Danny: Watch "How Booze Built America" with Mike Rowe. Part of the Irish wages for the Erie canal was something like 32 ounces of whisky. Per day.

pfft. amateurs


I was looking for a way to get bonus pay.
 
2014-05-13 12:38:16 PM  
Po tay tos.
 
2014-05-13 12:40:06 PM  

cgraves67: Mid_mo_mad_man: DoctorOfLove: Thank god for the potato famine.  My ancestors left Ireland, and, well, here I am.

Farking immigrants taking real Americans jobs

You totally wanted one of those sweet railroad track-laying through the Appalachian back country jobs, didn't you?


His ancestors were Irish Chinamen?
 
2014-05-13 12:46:41 PM  

sendtodave: cgraves67: Mid_mo_mad_man: DoctorOfLove: Thank god for the potato famine.  My ancestors left Ireland, and, well, here I am.

Farking immigrants taking real Americans jobs

You totally wanted one of those sweet railroad track-laying through the Appalachian back country jobs, didn't you?

His ancestors were Irish Chinamen?


Chinamen were the Western railroads. The damn Irish started building them in the east.
 
2014-05-13 12:59:21 PM  

Chakro: What did the Irish eat before Columbus discovered the Americas?


Sand.
 
2014-05-13 01:04:06 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Tillmaster: What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?

City slickers.  Can't eat them, they can't feed themselves.


That's not true. Worse comes to worse in the city and we cook the cat.
 
2014-05-13 01:15:41 PM  

teenage mutant ninja rapist: Smeggy Smurf: Tillmaster: What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?

City slickers.  Can't eat them, they can't feed themselves.

That's not true. Worse comes to worse in the city and we cook the cat.


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2014-05-13 01:18:28 PM  
How sad.  I imagine children of Republicans looking up at their parents with sad eyes saying, "Mommy... Daddy... What was it like when you could count to 'potato' with a real potato?"
 
2014-05-13 01:30:55 PM  
I have a Modest Proposal.
 
2014-05-13 01:38:54 PM  

Chakro: What did the Irish eat before Columbus discovered the Americas?


Probably mostly old-world grains such as wheat and oats.  Once Europeans figured out that potatoes weren't poisonous, they were a prized crop in war-torn places like Ireland, since a field of potatoes can't be burned to the ground like a field of grains.
 
2014-05-13 01:55:33 PM  
Does this mean we will get more hot redheads?
 
2014-05-13 02:01:31 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Back in 4th grade, when we were learning about the Potato Famine, I proudly raised my hand and said
"That's when my mommy came to America!"

Granted, my mom did come to this country from Ireland in '56.  1956, when it was still known as Idlewild
Airport, when she was 17 years old.

She was NOT pleased to find out I thought she'd come here in the mid 1800s.


Wonder why so many Irish in '56? My family as well...
 
2014-05-13 02:06:31 PM  

Tillmaster: What the hell is a 'volunteer potato'?


Wow you're really not living up to your name are you? Anyway see this?:
plantcovercrops.com The short scruffy grass is supposed to be there. The tall grass is volunteer rye. (Ignore the dead gray stuff.)

Also: i51.tinypic.com
 
2014-05-13 02:10:16 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-13 02:18:36 PM  

mainsail: DjangoStonereaver: Back in 4th grade, when we were learning about the Potato Famine, I proudly raised my hand and said
"That's when my mommy came to America!"

Granted, my mom did come to this country from Ireland in '56.  1956, when it was still known as Idlewild
Airport, when she was 17 years old.

She was NOT pleased to find out I thought she'd come here in the mid 1800s.

Wonder why so many Irish in '56? My family as well...


For my Mom, the choice was either come to America or stay in the Irish equivalent of North Dakota
(County Roscommon, to be specific) and live pretty much a 19th century existence (her parents didn't
get running water or electricity until well after she'd left).

There were very, very few economic opportunities at that time for a young person.
 
2014-05-13 02:32:28 PM  

sendtodave: Po tay tos.


www.beat102103.com
 
2014-05-13 02:40:58 PM  
The US exports a lot of potatoes to Britain, so, don't worry.

The world is a much different place.

Hell, I live somewhere that has great, great soil and a lot of agriculture.  Supposedly 95% of the food we grow ends up being consumed elsewhere.

It amazes me we grow the wheat, ship it hundreds of miles* away to be ground, ship the flour somewhere else, then ship the bread all the way back again.

*We used to, we have a grist mill nearby now that more and more local bakers are using now.
 
2014-05-13 04:01:34 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Chinamen were the Western railroads. The damn Irish started building them in the east.


I went searching for a good "No Irish Need Apply" jpg, and found this:
www.troyduanesmith.com

I've been trying to come up with a good punchline to go with the image, but I've just got nothing here.  That's... some kinda picture right there.
 
2014-05-13 05:32:23 PM  

dryknife: [wakeup-world.com image 592x393]


Potato, podildo.
 
2014-05-13 08:53:36 PM  

Chakro: What did the Irish eat before Columbus discovered the Americas?


Oats and barley and turnips and curdled milk.
 
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