A New Zealand couple who believed they had dug up the world’s largest potato in the garden of their small farm near Hamilton he watched his dreams turn to mush after Guinness wrote to say that scientific testing had found that it was, in fact, not a potato.
But when is a potato not a potato? When she is a tuber from a pumpkin, according to Guinness World Records.
Colin Craig-Brown, who first hit the tuber with a hoe last August while gardening with his wife, Donna, he said it must have looked and tasted like a potato. Mind you, she added, she has never tasted a pumpkin tuber.
“What can you say?” Craig-Brown told local media. “We can’t say we don’t believe them, because we gave them the DNA.”
After months of sending photos and paperwork, the couple received the bad news from Guinness in an email last week.
“Dear Colin”, begins the email bearing bad news. “Sadly, the specimen is not a potato and is, in fact, the tuber of a type of pumpkin. For this reason, we unfortunately have to disqualify the application.”.
The couple had named their find Doug, which they spelled Dug, after the way it was dug up. The tuber became something of a local celebrity, after the couple began posting photos on Facebook wearing a hat and even built a cart to tow it.
An official weigh-in at a local farm store estimated that Dug weighed 7.8 kilograms, which is the equivalent of a couple of normal potato sacks or a small dog. The existing Guinness record will stand, a British monster from 2011 weighing in at just under 5kg.
Craig-Brown remains a big believer in Dug, who still sits in his freezer.
“I tell him ‘gidday’ every time I take out some sausages. He’s a cool character.” Craig-Brown joked. “Every time the grandkids come over, they say, ‘Can we see Dug?'”
“He is the world’s greatest non-pope”sentenced.
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