Diary: Big plastic potatoes bring class to RI

When we think of Rhode Island, we think of a proud state steeped in a noble blend of American history and quaint New England charm. So we were all relieved to learn that someone in the Tourism Division had the good sense to cover up all that crap with dozens of six-foot-tall Mr. Potato Heads.

When we think of Rhode Island, we think of a proud state steeped in a noble blend of American history and quaint New England charm. So we were all relieved to learn that someone in the Tourism Division had the good sense to cover up all that crap with dozens of six-foot-tall Mr. Potato Heads.

When we think of Rhode Island, we think of a proud state steeped in

a noble blend of American history and quaint New England charm. So we

were all relieved to learn that someone in the Tourism Division had the

good sense to cover up all that crap with dozens of six-foot-tall Mr.

Potato Heads.



In an effort to spruce up its image, Rhode Island has named the plastic

scamp with the interchangeable facial features its official travel

ambassador.



Seems the potato man himself was ’born’ in RI, which has prompted the

state to adopt the slogan ’The Birthplace of Fun.’ (It’s also the

birthplace of blizzards in May, but that didn’t do as well in test

marketing.)



Local artists were tapped to paint the first statues. Among them are

Salty Spud, who sports slick, orange rain gear; Independent Potato, made

to resemble state symbol Independent Man; and something that looks like

a big pineapple.



Unconfirmed reports suggest future statues will honor heroes of a

different ilk: Ginger Spud, Scary Spud and Sporty Spud.



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