We've gotten some pretty weird stuff in the mail over the years, but this one's definitely a first - an anonymous potato with writing on it sent by someone who's obviously a Lord of the Rings fan.

I was checking my mail box just outside of the US 105 studio when I found a package with the return name "Anonymous Potato". Setting aside fears that it might be a trick and I was about to inhale a mysterious white powder (and not imitation mashed potato flakes), I gathered some people from the office to witness me opening this bizarre package.

It turned out to be exactly what the package promised - a potato. There was no note saying who it might be from, but the following was written on the spud with a Sharpie:

"PA-TA-TO boil em,
Mash em, stick em in a stew!
A Christmas gift from
me to YOU!



In case you didn't catch the reference, below is a clip from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, in which Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) explains to Gollum (Andy Serkis) the culinary possibilities presented by everyone's favorite starchy root.

I Googled "anonymous potato", and it turns out that entrepreneurism is still flourishing, as someone has started a paid service that allows you to have an anonymous potato mailed to anyone in the USA.

Whoever sent us this 'tater, thanks! We'll get the pot boiling!