Recently on the 5th grade Connecticut State Math Test, we saw this question:
If you take a handcrafted Idaho potato that is 12 feet wide, 13 feet tall, and 72 feet long, what would be the volume? Once you find the volume, take into account that this potato is 12,000 pounds and calculate (round up if necessary) how many people this potato can feed in one day. Take into consideration that the average person eats 1 1/2 pounds of potatoes a day. Show all of your work.
Unfortunately, it was reported that a vast majority of students got this question wrong, making the state rethink this question…thanks a bunch Common Core! While we don’t even know the answer ourselves, we do have some stats to share from a recent press release about this giant Idaho Potato that will be stopping by Stew Leonard’s Norwalk on May 31 from 11-4 pm:
• [The potato would] take more than 10,000 years to grow
• Weigh six tons (12,130 pounds), which is equal to 32,346 medium-sized Idaho® potatoes
• Be 1,102 times heavier than the largest potato ever grown, which weighed 11 pounds.
• Take 2 years and 9 months to bake
• Make 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes
• Easily make over 1,500,000 average-sized french fries
When you come by to Stew’s to check out the giant tater, you’ll probably feel like consuming large quantities of french fries, right? Well, wouldn’t you know it, there will be a special French Fry Bar menu set up for just $2.99. Get your fries, then dip them in any variety or combination of sauces such as Rosemary Garlic Parmesan, Tex Mex, Salt and Vinegar, or Fajita Spice.
Keep your eyes out for The Famous Idaho® Potato Truck…this is one tater you won’t want to save ’til later.