BOISE, Idaho — For over 35 years, Idaho's unofficial mascot 'Spuddy Buddy' has been educating people all over the world, explaining the differences between an Idaho potato and potatoes grown in other states.
But it really wasn't until Al Roker from The Today Show interviewed Spuddy in 1996 that this tubular tater's popularity began to grow worldwide.
In 2018, Spuddy was voted as the number one college football bowl mascot by SB Nation, beating out the likes of the infamous Chick-fil-A cow.
While they're tasty tubers no matter which way you fry them, bake them, and eat them, under Idaho law, Spuddy may have broken the law.
Under Idaho's "Mayhem" clause (Title 18: Crimes and punishments):
CANNIBALISM DEFINED — PUNISHMENT. (1) Any person who wilfully ingests the flesh or blood of a human being is guilty of cannibalism.
(2) It shall be an affirmative defense to a violation of the provisions of this section that the action was taken under extreme life-threatening conditions as the only apparent means of survival.
(3) Cannibalism is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding fourteen (14) years.
By looking at him, Spuddy isn't hurting for sustenance.
Yes, he's not technically human, but with those big beady eyes and lanky arms and legs, it's hard to imagine him as just a potato.
Joking aside, Spuddy is a pretty big celebrity in Idaho, making appearances at community events throughout the year, events like 7Cares Idaho Shares, the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon, the Idaho Potato Drop and as the mascot for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.
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