History Main / PeelingPotatoes

20th Sep '17 10:02:47 PM wingedcatgirl
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* Snuffy Smith, Medal of Honor recipient, was to be given his medal. However it took the people who were supposed to give it to him a bit of time to find him. He was on kitchen patrol. Although the task in question was not peeling potatoes, he did peel potatoes for the newspapers.
** To elaborate on this, Snuffy Smith was not the model soldier. He tended to have an attitude problem, and was MildlyMilitary at best. That said, when the plane he was serving as a gunner on was badly damaged and engulfed in flames, he stayed aboard to tend to a wounded crewmate and fight the fires (and shoot at the Germans, who were still attacking them). By the time they arranged the ceremony to present him with the Medal of Honor some time later, he had gotten in trouble for sleeping through a briefing. Ladies and gentlemen, the first person in the history of the Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor without earning it posthumously.

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* Snuffy Smith, Medal of Honor recipient, was to be given his medal. However it took the people who were supposed to give it to him a bit of time to find him. He was on kitchen patrol. Although the task in question was not peeling potatoes, he did peel potatoes for the newspapers.
** To elaborate on this,
Snuffy Smith was not the model soldier. He tended to have an attitude problem, and was MildlyMilitary at best. That said, when the plane he was serving as a gunner on was badly damaged and engulfed in flames, he stayed aboard to tend to a wounded crewmate and fight the fires (and shoot at the Germans, who were still attacking them). By the time they arranged the ceremony to present him with the Medal of Honor some time later, he had gotten in trouble them), for sleeping through a briefing. Ladies and gentlemen, which he became the first person in the history of the Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor without earning it other than posthumously. However, when it came time to actually award him the medal, it took a bit of time to find him. He was on kitchen patrol -- in the time it took to prepare the ceremony, he had gotten in trouble for sleeping through a briefing. Although the task in question was not peeling potatoes, he did peel potatoes for the newspapers.
30th May '17 6:40:17 PM Eddy1215
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* In a Mister Know-It-All segment in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' when Bullwinkle demonstrates how to escape from Devil's Island. Boris the warden demands Bullwinkle to peel potatoes which he didn't at all when potatoes are boiled.

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* In a Mister Know-It-All segment in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' when ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', Bullwinkle demonstrates how to escape from Devil's Island. Island prison. When Boris the warden demands forced him to peel potatoes, Bullwinkle decided to peel potatoes which he didn't at all when potatoes are boiled.jump into a sack and await being shipped off the island. Unfortunately for him, potato soup was for dinner.
-->'''Boris''': ''(Looking into pot of potato soup)'' Whoever peeled these spuds did crummy job!
-->'''Bullwinkle''': ''(Popping out of the pot)'' I was doing the best I can!
25th May '17 1:26:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Schlock, Kevyn and Brad]] were [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-09-01 sentenced to this once]]. Schlock, being a BlobMonster, peeled them with digestive juices rather than the peeler.

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* [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Schlock, Kevyn and Brad]] Brad were [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-09-01 sentenced to this once]]. Schlock, being a BlobMonster, peeled them with digestive juices rather than the peeler.
25th May '17 1:26:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* While the actual event didn't happen in game, in ''VideoGame/WingCommander II'', three of the survivors of the ''Tiger's Claw'' reminisce about a prank committed by a pilot from the first game who didn't live to the second that landed him doing this for a week.

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* While the actual event didn't happen in game, in ''VideoGame/WingCommander II'', ''[[VideoGame/WingCommanderTheKilrathiSaga Wing Commander II]]'', three of the survivors of the ''Tiger's Claw'' reminisce about a prank committed by a pilot from the first game who didn't live to the second that landed him doing this for a week.
25th May '17 1:24:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used as a punishment in ''{{Tigerland}}'' for Army draftees during the Vietnam War.

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* Used as a punishment in ''{{Tigerland}}'' ''Film/{{Tigerland}}'' for Army draftees during the Vietnam War.



* ''TheGreatBrain'' series has this happen several times.

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* ''TheGreatBrain'' ''Literature/TheGreatBrain'' series has this happen several times.



* In TenSixtySixAndAllThat, Simmel/Lambert/Wormkin (the text varies) is made an escullion as a punishment for his attempted (and largely incomprehensible) rebellion. In an illustration, he is shown peeling something that looks like a potato.

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* In TenSixtySixAndAllThat, ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'', Simmel/Lambert/Wormkin (the text varies) is made an escullion as a punishment for his attempted (and largely incomprehensible) rebellion. In an illustration, he is shown peeling something that looks like a potato.



* ''[[LilMell Li'l Mell]]'' had Mell and Sergio put on potato-peeling duty when the homeschooled kid Mell brought for show and tell started a revolution against the school. Sergio lampshaded this by wondering where all the potatoes came from. (The cafeteria ladies. They joined the rebellion on the students' side.) Then Mell started a competing revolution, armed with the two potato peelers.

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* ''[[LilMell Li'l Mell]]'' ''Webcomic/LilMell'' had Mell and Sergio put on potato-peeling duty when the homeschooled kid Mell brought for show and tell started a revolution against the school. Sergio lampshaded this by wondering where all the potatoes came from. (The cafeteria ladies. They joined the rebellion on the students' side.) Then Mell started a competing revolution, armed with the two potato peelers.
25th May '17 1:23:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used as a punishment in ''{{Tigerland}}'' for Army draftees during the Vietnam War.
* Babydoll and Rocket converse while peeling potatoes in one scene of ''Film/SuckerPunch''; Babydoll is so distracted we see she's "peeled" the same strip of potato over and over, leaving a large hollow in it.

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* Used as a punishment in ''{{Tigerland}}'' for Army draftees during the Vietnam War.
* Babydoll and Rocket converse while peeling potatoes in one scene of ''Film/SuckerPunch''; Babydoll is so distracted we see she's "peeled" the same strip of potato over and over, leaving a large hollow in it.
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* Used as a punishment in ''{{Tigerland}}'' for Army draftees during the Vietnam War.
* Babydoll and Rocket converse while peeling potatoes in one scene of ''Film/SuckerPunch''; Babydoll is so distracted we see she's "peeled" the same strip of potato over and over, leaving a large hollow in it.
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* Poor Jim in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' constantly gets stuck with this job.
23rd Apr '17 10:41:22 AM nombretomado
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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.

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* An episode of TaleSpin ''WesternAnimation/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.
16th Apr '17 9:14:10 PM nombretomado
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* The ending of the classic Disney cartoon ''SteamboatWillie''

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* The ending of the classic Disney cartoon ''SteamboatWillie''''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie''
4th Jan '17 7:49:15 AM 32_Footsteps
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** To elaborate on this, Snuffy Smith was [[{{understatement}} not the model soldier]]. He tended to have an attitude problem, and was MildlyMilitary at best. That said, when the plane he was serving as a gunner on was badly damaged and engulfed in flames, he stayed aboard to tend to a wounded crewmate and fight the fires (and shoot at the Germans, who were still attacking them). By the time they arranged the ceremony to present him with the Medal of Honor some time later, he had gotten in trouble for sleeping through a briefing. Ladies and gentlemen, the first person in the history of the Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor without earning it posthumously.

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** To elaborate on this, Snuffy Smith was [[{{understatement}} not the model soldier]].soldier. He tended to have an attitude problem, and was MildlyMilitary at best. That said, when the plane he was serving as a gunner on was badly damaged and engulfed in flames, he stayed aboard to tend to a wounded crewmate and fight the fires (and shoot at the Germans, who were still attacking them). By the time they arranged the ceremony to present him with the Medal of Honor some time later, he had gotten in trouble for sleeping through a briefing. Ladies and gentlemen, the first person in the history of the Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor without earning it posthumously.
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.
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