Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made a name for himself as a Holocaust-denying, gay-bashing, Israel-hating, religious nut. None of that appears to have made him particularly unpopular in Iran. However, he is now accused of buying votes with potatoes.
Ahmadinejad’s people are handing out 400,000 tons of free spuds in rural towns while, in a quintessentially Iranian moment, his opponents are chanting “Death to potatoes.” A potato in every pot appears to be working. However, the mortal threat against starchy vegetables is a culinary crime of the highest order. Mr. Potato Head is reportedly being held in an undisclosed location for his own safety in fear of a food fatwa.
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