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22nd Nov '16 6:18:28 AM morane
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* In the Finnish Army, peeling potatoes is called ''perunateatteri'' ("potato theatre") or ''pottis'' and it is considered a convenient, if a tad restricting, break of the army chores and a good chance to socialize with the supply units and eat well. Sometimes a soldier assigned to the task may not only peel, but ''sculpt'', the potatoes - much to the amusement to anyone either preparing the meal or eating it.

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* ** In the Finnish Army, peeling potatoes is called ''perunateatteri'' ("potato theatre") or ''pottis'' and it is considered a convenient, if a tad restricting, break of the army chores and a good chance to socialize with the supply units and eat well. Sometimes a soldier assigned to the task may not only peel, but ''sculpt'', the potatoes - much to the amusement to anyone either preparing the meal or eating it.
22nd Nov '16 6:17:19 AM morane
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* In the Finnish Army, peeling potatoes is called ''perunateatteri'' ("potato theatre") or ''pottis'' and it is considered a convenient, if a tad restricting, break of the army chores and a good chance to socialize with the supply units and eat well. Sometimes a soldier assigned to the task may not only peel, but ''sculpt'', the potatoes - much to the amusement to anyone either preparing the meal or eating it.
4th Nov '16 11:27:28 AM LentilSandEater
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* Happened to Alan Scott, the GoldenAge GreenLantern, when he was in the army. Unable to explain his absence without blowing his secret identity, he was assigned potato peeling as a punishment. Fortunatley for Alan, his sidekick Doiby Dickles was able to take over the peeling when Alan needed to become GreenLantern again.

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* Happened to Alan Scott, the GoldenAge GreenLantern, when he was in the army. Unable to explain his absence without blowing his secret identity, he was assigned potato peeling as a punishment. Fortunatley Fortunately for Alan, his sidekick Doiby Dickles was able to take over the peeling when Alan needed to become GreenLantern again.
23rd Aug '16 1:55:59 AM scooter
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* Shown as part of Jim's [[MiseryBuildsCharacter "character development through manual labor"]] maturation sequence in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', along with other related drudgery like [[PunishmentDetail a mountain of pots to wash]], barnacle scraping ([[RecycledINSPACE in space!]]), etc. In this case, the potatoes are actually all-purpose alien fruit-vegetable-things called "purps", but we still get the big pile to be peeled, the paring knife, the lonely corner, and Jim distracting himself from the mundanity with memories and fantasies, as well as the idea of mountains of work being piled on the lowest-ranked crew member in order to show him his place and keep him busy.

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* Shown as part of Jim's [[MiseryBuildsCharacter "character development through manual labor"]] maturation sequence in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', along with other related drudgery like [[PunishmentDetail a mountain of pots to wash]], barnacle scraping ([[RecycledINSPACE in space!]]), etc. In this case, the potatoes are actually all-purpose alien fruit-vegetable-things called "purps", but we still get the same imagery you normally get when this trope is played straight: the big pile to be peeled, the paring knife, the lonely corner, and Jim distracting himself from the mundanity of his task with memories and fantasies, as well as the idea of mountains huge amounts of work being piled on the lowest-ranked crew member in order to show him his place and keep him busy.
23rd Aug '16 1:53:12 AM scooter
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* Shown as part of Jim's [[MiseryBuildsCharacter "character development through manual labor"]] maturation sequence in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', along with other related drudgery like [[PunishmentDetail a mountain of pots to wash]], barnacle scraping ([[RecycledINSPACE in space!]]), etc. In this case, the potatoes are actually all-purpose alien fruit-vegetable-things called "purps", but we still get the big pile to be peeled, the paring knife, the lonely corner, and Jim distracting himself from the mundanity with memories and fantasies, as well as the idea of mountains of work being piled on the lowest-ranked crew member in order to show him his place and keep him busy.
30th Jul '16 9:49:04 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/BetweenPlanets''. The protagonist isn't allowed to join the Venusian guerillas unless he has useful skills. He says he's a good shot with a handgun, can speak the language of the native Venusians... and [[TheTriple knows how to wash lots of dishes]] (because he was working at a GreasySpoon until then). His officer quips that the last is indeed a useful skill for a soldier.
12th May '16 8:28:48 PM PaulA
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* Done by the DrillSergeantNasty to the trainees in the Creator/KimNewman novella ''Teddy Bear's Picnic''. In a particular sadistic twist, he changes his mind and then orders the recruits to glue the skins back on.

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* Done by the DrillSergeantNasty to the trainees in the Creator/KimNewman novella ''Teddy Bear's Picnic''.''Literature/TeddyBearsPicnic''. In a particular sadistic twist, he changes his mind and then orders the recruits to glue the skins back on.
24th Jan '16 9:57:25 AM nombretomado
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* A nonmilitary but definitely punishment version: one of the ''TenchiMuyo'' OVA episodes had Ryoko, Aeka, and Mihoshi doing this as their share of repairing the extensive damage to a hot spring resort, with varying results. Ryoko did a hack job on hers with questionable accuracy, Aeka primly carved each millimetre of skin with painstaking deliberation, and Mihoshi outstripped both easily (and boasted about it).
* In the second season of ''{{Strike Witches}}'', Gertrud gets sentenced to this for violating orders.
* In the second chapter of ''CrossboneGundam'', Kincaid tells Tobia that if he's going to be part of their group, he's going to have to earn his keep. Cut to them ''both'' in the mess, peeling potatoes (with a badly damaged blender in the background).

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* A nonmilitary but definitely punishment version: one of the ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA episodes had Ryoko, Aeka, and Mihoshi doing this as their share of repairing the extensive damage to a hot spring resort, with varying results. Ryoko did a hack job on hers with questionable accuracy, Aeka primly carved each millimetre of skin with painstaking deliberation, and Mihoshi outstripped both easily (and boasted about it).
* In the second season of ''{{Strike Witches}}'', ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', Gertrud gets sentenced to this for violating orders.
* In the second chapter of ''CrossboneGundam'', ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'', Kincaid tells Tobia that if he's going to be part of their group, he's going to have to earn his keep. Cut to them ''both'' in the mess, peeling potatoes (with a badly damaged blender in the background).
24th Jan '16 6:45:38 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* An episode of TaleSpin features Kit being forced by Colonel Spigget to peel ''turnips'' for rebelling at a Thembrian flying camp. Spigget is forced to take the task up after his bumbling is exposed.
12th Dec '15 8:41:42 PM nombretomado
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* As MildlyMilitary as [[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] could be, even they have punishment detail. The very first time all of the members of the new squadron were together at once, while Wedge was listing off their respective specialties, Face Loran decided to interrupt.

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* As MildlyMilitary as [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] could be, even they have punishment detail. The very first time all of the members of the new squadron were together at once, while Wedge was listing off their respective specialties, Face Loran decided to interrupt.
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