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One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, More…

A life-sized Mr. Potato Head (and his bucket of parts) stands at Hasbro headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. We drive up after hours, sun low in the sky, and pull into a vacant parking space with the Monopoly Wheelbarrow marking the spot. A quick hop out of the car lands us in front of our destination. Those giant blue sneakers can be seen from across the road, and we rush up to snag photos with the home-grown legend.

Epic Mustache
Epic Mustache: Tim has to touch it.
I'm a sucker for fuzzy guys.
I’m a sucker for fuzzy guys.

Scattered around Mr. Potato Head’s home state are other famous spuds. After some searching, we find this pair hanging around in front of Clements’ Marketplace in Portsmouth. Let me introduce you to “Veno Di-Vine,” your friendly neighborhood bucket of grapes, shaped like a potato.

Veno Di Vine
Gimme four!
Have you hugged your grape-potato today?
Have you hugged your grape-potato today?

What better place to pick up a couple of spuds than your local grocery store? I would have dozens of funny pictures if I could shop here each week. I might even bring out a suitcase to pose with the bellhop: “Meet and Potatoes.”

Ring for Service
Ring Bell for Service
Check your bags with the bellhop, please
Check your bags with the bellhop, please

Other potato heads are peppered throughout the state, and I’m sure we’ll return to scout them all. For a pretty cool list of all known potato heads check out the site MyPotatoHead. Some neat photos can be found of the original potatoes.

From here, we travel to another relic in RI, The Fighting Seabee Statue. Dedicated to the Navy Seabees, The Fighting Bee Statue and insignia were designed by Frank J. Iafrate in 1942. Today, the statue stands at the Seabee Museum in Davisville. As we walk through the museum grounds, we read about the history of the Seabees, originally enlisted as Naval Construction Battalion personnel during WWII. Never meant to be soldiers, these workers enlisted in the Navy so that they could defend themselves if attacked on the military bases they built.

I’m practicing my Seabee stance, tommy gun style.
Are you holding your hammer and wrench?

This impressive worker bee holds a hammer, wrench, and a tommy gun, depicting the diverse tools of the Seabee workers. Behind the bee is a unique chapel, built by the Seabees. Stop by and take in the history. Or just pose with this awesome giant bee.

On the way home, somewhere around North Smithfield on Route 146, we spot an oversized travel mug, and of course have to pull over to take a few photos. Standing in front of a drive-thru snack-shack, this travel mug could hold enough coffee to keep me awake for a year.

Quick, you get the milk, I'll get the coffee.
Quick, you get the milk, I’ll get the coffee.
What do you mean it won't fit in the cup holder?
What do you mean it won’t fit in the cup holder?

While we can’t take the travel mug home, it certainly provides entertainment during our trip. It’s been painted over, but the mug originally read: “Coffee and Cream,” and was the roadside attraction for a coffee shop that stood on the grounds, which also sold donuts, sandwiches, and muffins. I would have stopped here any day for a cup of joe, wouldn’t you?


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