It is said that many of the world’s secrets lay buried beneath the surface of the ground. Every now and then, one artifact or another is uncovered, exposing a tidbit of information from times past or an anomaly of some kind.

For Xiuling Ma, a farmer from Longshan village in Yanji, northeast China’s Liaoning, his vegetable field revealed much more than the conventional vegetables he was expecting.

His unearthing of a tortoise-shaped potato has made him somewhat of a local celebrity (not to mention the potato too).

About the size of a two-week-old puppy, this bizarre tuber has four sort-of feet, a body and a head. Adding to its lifelike impression are the two small dimples on both sides of the head, resembling a pair of eyes.

According to the farmer, the potato also had a tail, but it broke off in the process of it being dug out of the ground.

Visitors come from far and wide to view Mother Nature’s odd anomaly, which is proof-positive that SHE does not lack a sense a humor.

Mr. Potato Head, is this really you in reincarnated form?

Tell the truth now.

We can take it.




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.