It's National Tater Tot Day!

Tater Tots.jpgIt's National Tater Tot Day! This high holiday is the day we celebrate the tiny little golden nuggets of happiness made from fried, shredded potatoes. Americans consume approximately 70 million pounds per year. Doesn't that make every day Tater Tot day?

Ore-Ida, a division of H.J. Heinz Co., known for its French fries, claims to be the inventor of these tiny tots. "Ever since we invented the Tater Tots in 1953, these poppable goodies have been making generations of families smile," its website states.

Wikipedia said the tots got their start when Ore-Ida founders F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg (best names ever) needed to find a use for left pieces of cut-up potatoes. They took the slivers, seasoned them and added flour and shoved them through a mash. Tater Tots were born.

So go out and consume massive amount of fried potatoes. Put some in your pocket, a la "Napoleon Dynamite." After all, it's a holiday!

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