Craig Miller’s postman just delivered his promotional tie-in potato from The Martian.
To promote the movie “The Martian”, 20th-Century Fox made a deal with Mail a Spud (an actual company, surprisingly) to send out potatoes.
With notes written on them — “Potatoes from Mars! And you thought only candy came from there.”
And because you can now print personalized postage stamps, the stamp on the potato (yes, stuck directly on the potato, just as the message is written in Sharpie-style marker directly on the spud) shows a photo of Matt Damon in costume as Mark Watney overlaid with the words “Bring Him Home”.
The Mail A Spud website is appropriately tongue-in-cheek:
- Why would I spend $10 on a stinkin potato? Can’t I do this myself for half the price?
Of course you can! We’re here for the people who love the idea but don’t feel like going through the hassle of mailing it themselves. Mailing a potato isn’t so cheap either. Postage can come in at over 4 dollars per spud.
- How much do the potatoes weigh?
Our Russet potatoes vary in weight but expect them to come in at around 10 – 12 ounces.
- Can I eat the potato when it gets here?
We do not recommend you consume the potato after it has traveled across the country inside of trucks, planes, and postal service bags. It has touched a lot of germs by the time it arrives to the recipient.
- Aren’t you wasting food?
No! Well yes, but each spud shipped is bringing more awareness to the beauty of the potato.
Time to rewrite the filksong —
Martian potatos, Martian potatos
Will you send a Martian potato to me….