Potato statue in Cyprus goes viral over phallic comparisons



They say potato, others say penis — should they call the whole thing off?

A town in Cyprus that wished to pay tribute to the humble tuber has become the subject of lewd jokes as its potato sculpture is compared to the male organ.

Forged of fiberglass, the 16-foot-tall spud was erected on the side of a highway in the village of Xylophagou to greet visitors as they arrive into the community, reported Reuters on Friday.

“Other countries have instantly recognizable monuments, now we have ours,” gushed former Cyprus ambassador to the UK Euripides Evriviades on Twitter.

His statement came alongside a collage of national monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Hong Kong’s Big Buddha and, theirs truly, “The Big Potato.” It was inspired by the nation’s staple crop, the Spunta.

A potato statue erected in Cyprus has been criticized for looking like a giant penis.
A potato statue erected in Cyprus has been criticized for looking like a giant penis.

The suggestive sculpture reportedly cost €8,000 ($9,280) to make — but the wisecracks inspired by the roadside attraction are priceless.

Xylophagou town representative George Tasou told Reuters that anyone sincerely defending the phallic potato’s honor would be “talk of a mind possessed,” suggesting that whoever commissioned the artwork may have gotten the shaft.

“Whether we like it or not this potato, the Spunta, is thin and long,” Tasou said.

Fans had a field day on social media.
Fans had a field day on social media.

Undeterred, the community appears determined to penetrate the international conversation with more potato promotions. Next year, Xylophagou has planned a public event to produce 800 kilograms — approximately 1,764 pounds — of fried potato chips.

As visitors reportedly lined up to take selfies beside the bizarre monument, Tasou further told Reuters that work would continue with the addition of a bench, a gift shop and a green space surrounding the model vegetable, with a total cost of €15,000 ($17,400) in public funds used to complete the project.

“It will be a landmark,” he said.


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