posted on Apr 21, 2011, 10 pm

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nya_chan, Apr 21, 2011, 11 pm

Someone is a wee bit obsessed with Portal 2 (and rightly so!)

Icecat (Guest), Apr 21, 2011, 11 pm

I believe it was Phytophthora infestans.
However, politics and trade do not help.

The_Hankerchief, Apr 22, 2011, 12 am

Potato Blight is a form of fungus that attacks potato plants underground. A single outbreak can ruin potato fields for hundreds of miles.

Ireland's climate doesn't allow for many types of crops to be grown. Before potatoes, it was mostly wheat and barley. When potatoes were introduced there, they thrived. In fact, before the outbreak hit, Ireland was an incredibly wealthy country, and was very close to gaining financial independence from England.

The problem for Ireland, though, was that its economy was too reliant on the crop, so when the blight hit, it left the country devastated. Ireland, still under English rule, begged for help, but they delayed for so long that when help eventually did arrive, it was too late, causing people to leave Ireland in droves, among them, the families of Henry Ford and John F. Kennedy. England's lack of help in the Great Potato Famine only thickened the bad blood that still flows between those nations today.

The potato blight hit America too, but because we also grew other crops like corn, wheat, and barley, we were able to compensate for it. Besides, at the time, here in America (and most of Europe), it was used primarily as livestock feed.

So what kept the potato from extinction? An American horticulturist named Luther Burbank.His mission was to simply "feed the world". He developed the Burbank potato, which showed more resistance to blight than other potatoes, and then shipped thousands of seedlings to the starving Irish nation.

Where did I learn this, you ask? Uncle John's bathroom Reader.

Karadom, Apr 22, 2011, 08 am

Heh..Portal 2.

Mr.Brickwithfeet, Apr 22, 2011, 08 am

They ran out of potatoes. That seems redundant.

RandomNinjaGuy, Apr 22, 2011, 08 am

I-is the portal refrence the lemon and lemonade?
If not I'm lost

13yaroza, Apr 22, 2011, 01 pm

"What am I suppose to do with these!?"
.....make lemonade :3

BM03 (Guest), Apr 22, 2011, 02 pm

I was gonna say she lost her "patented "wat" face", but I just noticed she already had back in 166.

I don't think I even noticed it was her in that truck. Keep reading old ones and finding something new, I'll be damned.

Dreamslayer (Guest), Apr 22, 2011, 05 pm


When life gives you lemon, you make lemonade.

Or tell life that you want to see the manager, and your really really angry

Guest (Guest), Apr 22, 2011, 05 pm

It was caused by a lack of potatoes, obviously.

Sam4books, Apr 23, 2011, 11 pm





Zmanwarrior, Apr 27, 2011, 11 pm

Oh my god, a nose.

Maltor Drey (Guest), Jul 08, 2012, 12 am

What if life gives you potatoes?

Niki (Guest), May 20, 2018, 11 pm

A dangerous form of parasitic fungus known as "The British".

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