By Steve Clayton
One of the elements that makes Facebook interesting is the amount of varied information that shows up on one’s page. One such tidbit centered around the potato. Yes, you read that right, the common potato. It turns out the potato perhaps should not be referred to as common after all, for the potato has two more chromosomes than we human beings.
My first thought was this could not be true, but apparently it is.
The potato I love baked, boiled, mashed, scalloped, or deep fried is the unassuming proud possessor of an extra pair of chromosomes I do not have. I say unassuming because I have never heard a potato brag about this fact nor has one ever put me down for having two fewer chromosomes. I assume it’s safe to say that no potato has felt the need to instruct humans on its genetic superiority.
You may be thinking as I was, “So it has two extra chromosomes? Big deal! What’s it doing with them as it just lays there serenely in the dirt minding its own business?”
The again, how do we know it is just lying there in a state of serenity minding its own business? For all we know it could secretly be plotting world domination to create world safer for future potato generations; save from being endlessly devoured after first being drowned in, ketchup, butter, sour cream or whatever garnish insatiable humans can dream up for its demise. I kid you not. Who knows what powers those two extra chromosome may confer upon the potato?
And then there’s the matter of the number of eyes a potato possess as compared to you and me. How many of those could be Third Eyes? What knowledge and manners of communication could the potato possess unknown to our limited five senses? My humble brain is staggered by the possibilities.
Potatoes grow the world over in far greater numbers than humans, numbers great enough to mash us pitiful humans if they took it upon themselves to do so. Perhaps, we should stop underestimating them and start treating them more kindly to help create a better world for all?
AND what about rice; how many chromosomes does rice possess? Rice is confined to muddy water infested with poisonous snakes – no place to try to raise a family – making it a natural ally to the potato. There are but two members of the plant kingdom. There are thousands more possessing who knows what hidden gifts. Perhaps, for the sake of a good night’s sleep, we humans should try to better understand the world around us and treat it as a friend rather than an enemy to be dominated. The magnificent potato might just be a good place to start.