Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thursday Thirteen

Here's a list of 13 words:

1. Endearing

2. Conservative

3. Hearty

4. Creative

5. Serious

6. Sociable

7. Traditional

8. Progressive

9. Achiever

10. Innovative

11. Genuine

12. Straightforward

13. Dynamic

Know what they all have in common?

You'll never guess.

They're the words I was given to rate from 1-10 with regards to how well they describe Hungry Jack Instant Mashed Potatoes during some kind of food use survey on Wednesday!

When I realized the list was going to be a long one I started writing down the words and sure enough, it went well beyond 13. Other words were "popular," "caring," "a brand with style" and my personal favorite, "old and stodgy."

I could not answer these with a straight face. Dynamic mashed potatoes? Conservative or progressive mashed potatoes? Really? Have we fallen so far that we must poll the populace as to the political persuasion of mashed potatoes?

As a word lover, I am loathe to describe instant mashed potatoes as anything other than, say, creamy and white. I don't think they're particularly healthy because they're little dried flakes that you reconstitute with milk. How is that good for you?

To be sure, I have no boxes of instant mashed potatoes in my pantry and it has been quite a long while since I have purchased said mashed potatoes.

But I do know that I only purchase Hungry Jack Instant Mashed Potatoes, I guess because they are just so lovable!

Oh, and by the way, the food survey company said I would be paid $5 for participating in the survey. In case that matters. I am not being paid to promote mashed potatoes by anyone, unless you count that Amazon link I stuck up there for the picture.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of bloggers. You can read more about it here.  This is my 137th time to do this meme!


  1. I can't help but think of Charlotte's Web. "Radiant"!

  2. Great Thursday Thirteen, Anita! So funny...

    I personally would never eat mashed potatoes that weren't serious and progressive. These are certainly essential qualities I always want to see in my mashed spuds. But how serious could the Hungry Jack Instant Potatoes be when they're so flaky? :-)

  3. Too funny! Very clever post this week.
    Happy T13!

  4. I can't understand how anyone could associate some of these words with mashed potatoes. Achiever ??? What do mashed potatoes achieve?

  5. Warm, creamy, smooth, but never ever old and stodgy. Handiest food to have in the pantry! There ya go.. they're Handy!

    Oh, and also supercalifragilisticexpialidocious too!


  6. Too funny- Hungry Jack.

    Have a great day!

  7. Very thoughtful.
    Mashed potatoes are a real favorite of mine... and it was a great marketing trick to give a bland potato such personality. Look at all the coverage you have given it, which wouldn't have happened without marketing.

    Happy T13 to you.

  8. I don't know if it's true, because I don't know it ! lol !

  9. Good Lord! What do you want to bet some idiot in the marketing department made up the list without bothering to think about it. Maybe the same list will show up for plant food next. Pft.

  10. I agree, I've never thought of those words being associated with mashed potatoes! I thought you were describing a person at first. Odd survey!

  11. Wow instant potatoes. Never would've guessed that! I'm going to start giving that list to my husband to rate my nightly meals :D

  12. I do surveys for some companies that are similarly ridiculous. I love that you turned that tables and used the words for a 13 list. Very Clever!

  13. *giggles*

    "Wow, mum! I love your mash potatoes! They're so sociable!!"

  14. Very clever post. I never thought you are referring to a mashed potatoes.

  15. I thought you were describing you until you said "old and stodgy."

  16. I never would have guessed. Fun idea for T13.


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