And I got it yesterday with a certain potato, er, potato head. Mr. Potato Head. He's spending the summer at McWane Science Center, with an exhibit that encourages kids to climb through jungles and explore outer space with everyone's favorite spud. Weird, yes, but it works.
The kids loved it. And I got very giddy walking through the extensive display of "very rare Mr. Potato Head Collectibles," learning that once, long ago, Mr. Potato Head had an entire group of vegetable friends, like Cooky the Cucumber (yes, that's the correct spelling), Pete The Pepper, and my favorite, Katie The Carrot (see below). Then there were his non-veggie friends, like Frankie Frank and Frenchy Fry."
Think the Draper kids received these for Christmas while Don and Betty sulked in the corner?
Not to mention Mrs. Potato Head, who has seemed to have fallen off the radar (a true injustice).
Turns out that the largest collection of information and resources about said tater lives right here in Birmingham and runs the website mr.potatohead.net.
As someone who is intensely curious about these kinds of pop culture obsessions, I need to find out more about this Magic City gem. What makes someone obsessed with Mr. Potato Head and his myriad variations? With soccer playing Mr. Potato Head, salute to America Potato Head, French, Japanese and Canadian Potato Head?
They had a real-live Mr. Potato Head there for meeting and greeting, but he completely freaked Nate out. I kinda wanna go back though, and commune with the potato. Given his life experience, he seems to have a lot of answers.
So what is it about MPH that makes him so appealing? Do tell.