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The Great Potato Famine

ME (Trying to make dinner educational): Gideon, do you want to hear something interesting? Did you know that pepper was once as valuable as gold?

GIDEON: That’s not interesting.

ME: Well, did you know that Roman soldiers were paid in salt?

GIDEON (Eating mashed potatoes): That’s not interesting.

ME: Well, did you know that many people from Ireland came to America because of the Great Potato Famine?

GIDEON: Really? Wow! Now that’s cool! What happened?

ME: Well, around 1740, a fungus attacked the potatoes and wiped out all the potatoes in Ireland.

GIDEON: Wow! Then the fungus got on the fish?

ME: Huh? Uh, no. Why would you say that?

GIDEON: Then how did you get the great potato fish?

ME: Huh? . . . Oh! Not a potato SALMON, Gideon. A potato FAMINE.

GIDEON: Oh . . . That’s not interesting . . .

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