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The dark, underground history of Mr. Potato Head

The History of Fun uncovers the truth behind your starchy friend

mliu92 from San Mateo
Russ Frushtick is the director of special projects, and he has been covering the world of video games and technology for over 15 years. He co-founded Polygon in 2012.

This week on The History of Fun, Chris Plante delves into the origins of Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head and the whole Potato Head family. Follow along, from their humble origins as, well, potatoes, to the multi-media juggernaut they are today.

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