My Weird Night in the World’s Biggest Potato Hotel

Tenth Helpings is a humor column from our culture critic, Ella Quittner, illustrated by Olivia de Recat.

I know a place where you can go to be alone. It’s got a roof over it, with a door that locks. There’s a bed and a sink and a kettle for coffee, …

Tenth Helpings is a humor column from our culture critic, Ella Quittner, illustrated by Olivia de Recat.


I know a place where you can go to be alone. It’s got a roof over it, with a door that locks. There’s a bed and a sink and a kettle for coffee, and from most angles, the land on which it sits is stunningly green, and stunningly flat. The packaged snacks are free and abundant, and there is a rabbit who hops around the property as if he hadn’t yet decided what he’d get up to that day. There is a cow named Dolly who will wander by, shooting you reproachful glances until you acquiesce and stick your hand beneath the dispenser that overflows with edible pellets. Her gratitude will make you blush. It is the place where I began and ended one of the weirdest nights of my life, and it is a six-ton potato, thirty minutes southeast of Boise, Idaho.

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Is Hard Coffee The Most Chaotic Drink on Record?

Tenth Helpings is a humor column from our culture critic, Ella Quittner, illustrated by Olivia de Recat.

“There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.” —Hunter S. Thompson, wh…

Tenth Helpings is a humor column from our culture critic, Ella Quittner, illustrated by Olivia de Recat.


“There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.” —Hunter S. Thompson, who died 13 years before the advent of canned hard coffee

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The Great Layer Cake Mystery of 2020

Tenth Helpings is a humor column from our culture critic, Ella Quittner, illustrated by Olivia de Recat.

The Beginnings: A Trail of Cake Crumbs
“Hit me with a Two,” I said, jogging into the kitchen, mask dangling off my face. Read More…

Tenth Helpings is a humor column from our culture critic, Ella Quittner, illustrated by Olivia de Recat.


The Beginnings: A Trail of Cake Crumbs

“Hit me with a Two,” I said, jogging into the kitchen, mask dangling off my face.

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Perfecting the Art of Breadfacing

Tenth Helpings is a monthly humor column from our food culture critic and Absolute Best Test-er, Ella Quittner, and illustrated by Olivia de Recat.

The idea behind a sensory deprivation tank is straightforward. Remove a person’s access to external s…

Tenth Helpings is a monthly humor column from our food culture critic and Absolute Best Test-er, Ella Quittner, and illustrated by Olivia de Recat.


The idea behind a sensory deprivation tank is straightforward. Remove a person’s access to external stimuli like noise and light so that they may achieve therapeutic relief. The idea behind submerging one’s eyes, nose, face, as well as parts of one’s neck and scalp into various loaves of bread isn’t quite as straightforward—but for some, produces comparable results.

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