Created By: fleb on October 15, 2008
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Peeling Potatoes

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Someone, or often a pair of someones, has gotten caught at something, and then it's a quick-cut to them sitting on the floor of a drab kitchen somewhere next to a sack of potatoes, peeling them one at a time. The standard punishment in the military, according to Warner Bros. cartoons.

Um... Seen It a Million Times.
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  • October 15, 2008
    Sackett
    You mean this has never happened to you? :p

    Cant Get Away With Nothing you know.
  • October 15, 2008
    Scooter007
    I think it's usually called Kitchen Patrol
  • October 15, 2008
    Heliomance
    I've always heard it referred to as Spud Bashing
  • October 15, 2008
    Kilyle
    Agatha in Girl Genius gets this but it's not a punishment, just a fact of someone's got to do it, and you're the new girl.
  • October 15, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Rimmer and Lister were forced to do this in an episode of Red Dwarf after ticking their captain off.
  • October 15, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Disney cartoons as well; this is the end of Steamboat Willie, and there's a Donald cartoon where he joins the Air Force and has to peel potatoes.
  • October 15, 2008
    Sackett
    Happens alot to boys in Depression or Roaring 20's Era, maybe the 50's too.

  • October 15, 2008
    KhymChanur
    In the Ren And Stimpy army episode this is done straight the first time, the second time has them scraping potato-peelers over watermelons, and the third time has them scraping potato-peelers over nuclear bombs.
  • October 15, 2008
    Chariset
    Stepdad was in the Army and testifies that this is Truth In Television. It's less of a punishment and more of a general chore, though. Like Kilyle says.
  • October 15, 2008
    Fulltimedefendent
    Kendra Shaw in Battlestar Galactica: Razor
  • April 1, 2009
    LickyLindsay
    bump

    Is anybody going to launch this?
  • April 1, 2009
    Nate the Great
    A few Donald Duck cartoons have this, even in Duck Tales.
  • April 1, 2009
    EponymousKid
    Wait, there wasn't an Air Force until 1967, and they sure as Hell weren't making new Donald Duck cartoons then...

    This was parodied/lampshaded in an issue of GI Joe, where several Joes peel potatoes and basically take turns complaining until the uber-serious Gung Ho tells them to stop bellyaching and do their jobs.
  • April 1, 2009
    Zaka51
    One episode of Ed Edd N Eddy features this. Ed gets a job on Rolf's farm. After a couple of mess-ups, Rolf orders him to peel a huge stack of potatoes.
  • April 1, 2009
    foxley
    @Eponymous Kid: I'm pretty sure it was a World war II era cartoon where Donald joins the Army Air Force (which was frequently referred to as the Air Force).
  • April 1, 2009
    LickyLindsay
    The air force became independent from the army in 1947. Assuming its the US we're talking about anyway.
  • April 1, 2009
    Sackett
    Bettle Baily has this happen to him quite often.

    I bet Gomer Pyle does too.
  • April 2, 2009
    Arivne
    The Donald Duck cartoon was Sky Trooper (1942).
  • April 2, 2009
    Cao Cao
    Seen in the French-Belgian comic series Les Tuniques Bleues.
  • April 2, 2009
    Dante668
    Used as a Running Gag in a boot camp episode of Ren And Stimpy; each successive transgression had the pair peeling a moderate pile of potatoes, mountains of potatoes, watermelons, and air raid bombs.
  • April 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    RE: The Red Dwarf note above.

    • Lister has the "great" idea of getting out of having to peel the literal mountain of potatoes by having a special virus eat the potato skins. Unfortunately for the duo, the virus also eats clothes.

    I don't know whether this sounds as subverted or played with or whatever.
  • April 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The alternative this troper and his friend noce got for fighting was digging a new latrine
  • April 2, 2009
    foxley
    Done by the Drill Sergeant Nasty to the trainees in the Kim Newman 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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