The potluck pedant

November 26th, 2013 · 91 comments

Writes our submitter in Washington state: “Shortly after our holiday party signup sheet was posted, this gentle reminder appeared, taped over the word ‘potluck.’ So far, no one has been brave enough to sign up for anything.”

(Because, you know, the best kind of potluck is six bags of chips, three plates of cookies, a one liter bottle of soda, and some plastic forks.)

1. pot luck used in reference to a situation in which one must take a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable.  This is not a potluck if you have to sign up to bring something.

related: THE POTLUCK THEME IS MONGOLIA[N] BBQ!!!!!

extra credit: Potluck fear and loathing [latimes.com]

FILED UNDER: holiday spirit · most popular notes of 2013 · obnoxious definition · office cop · party planning committee


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  • #1   JT

    So someone makes up their own definition of the term and everybody runs away? I would have taped the real definition over it.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

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      Dec 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Haribo Lector

      But the notewriter is correct that if you sign up to bring things it’s not a potluck. The clue’s in the name; a potluck must involve an element of chance. Hence ‘luck’. The element of chance, however, doesn’t refer to the quality of the food as the notewriter asserts, but merely to the types of dishes being brought. You could very well end up with 18 pots of potato salad. That’s why a true potluck is a dumb idea and whatever this is called (where you sign up to a specific dish) is a much better idea. It’s still not a potluck though.

      Dec 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Benzari

    That is the real definition.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm   rating: 40  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   JT

      Well, I was referring to “A meal at which each guest brings food that is then shared by all. Also called potluck supper.” Doesn’t have to mean everything has to be a surprise.

      Nov 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm   rating: 50  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   redheadwglasses

      And knowing what dishes people are bringing is no guarantee they are TASTY. Hence, the luck.

      Nov 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm   rating: 70  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Who passed out the Haterade?

    Thank you for the linked article… I was beginning to think I was the only one squicked out by potlucks, which my coworkers love to have on a regular basis. (Maybe it’s a Washington thing.) My stomach is hypersensitive even on the best days – the combination of unknown hygiene, unknown ingredients, and the propensity of foods high in protein and/or fat to go bad quickly outside of the refrigerator makes for a risk I’m reluctant to take.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   NailStickingOut

      We have the opposite problem: office full of left-wing millennials. Potluck has stuff like raw carrots with hummus, kolhrabi, salad, pickled vegetables from the Lebanese place next door, bread (usually no condiments, but tomato-avocado if you’re lucky). One person brings the main (no, not the boss). The office kitchen is inevitably a nightmare immediately before and after. Stomach problems inevitably follow. THX SANDRA would go crazy here.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 9:43 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   The Elf

      That’s when you need to bring the BBQ pork or whatever you like and then when the granola millennials bitch about the food being cruel to animals / overly processed / against their religion / too sugary / too spicy / whatever, you can say “I’m sorry you don’t like it. More for me. Look, there’s kolhrabi!” while you heap your plate full of what you brought.

      Can’t help you with the office kitchen problem, because they probably expect their mother to work there.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 10:25 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   NailStickingOut

      Being the one who brings the main, there is never any left over – hell, there have been incidences where I don’t get any at all. It’s a running joke by the relatively normal mature adults in the office that any free range food must be eaten immediately before it’s snarfed by starving millennials. Leftover cake, muffins, doughnuts, cheese, fruit salad? No chance of survival beyond 30 minutes of exposure.

      Bringing stuff that’s not accessible (read: veg-friendly and gluten free) means getting rapped on the knuckles for not being inclusive.

      Not going means not being a team player.

      HELP ME, THX SANDRA

      Nov 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   Beatus Mongous

      Nail, I can sympathize. I always ask a few of my closer coworkers what they would like me to make, and then I ask the rest to vote on those items. Often, I bring two or three of whatever it is I’m asked to make, and I still don’t get to taste any of my own. Luckily, I will make one extra and leave it at home for my family (sometimes I don’t even get any of that, either). What can I say? I make some very delicious food. But I do wish someone would leave me a piece.

      Also, I never join the potluck when everyone is there, usually because my break time is different from the others. Often, I break an hour or two later than the majority of my coworkers, so by the time I get to the goods, the only thing left is donuts that have been ripped (not cut) in half, and bagel bottoms. So I always bring my own lunch.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Jami

      NailStickingOut -

      Make what you like anyway. If you coworkers complain say “Well, for once I’d like there to be something I’d actually eat. Why don’t you all stop being narrow minded jerks and realize there’s a variety of people including meat eaters out there and STFU?”

      I’m getting cranky and combative in my old age. 13 years of having to play nice while people scream at you over a 25 cent overdue fee while you try to keep them calm and not call them a moron will do that to you, I suppose.

      Nov 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   Nicki

      Honestly, with being unable to eat gluten and most processed flours, I’d bring something gluten-free…seasoned blue steak. Or something else that’s completely inhabitable to the millennials but that I find delicious.

      Although there’s always the alternative when people are selfish douchelords who won’t let you eat any of your own food or bring what you like…bring two of whatever it is, eat one by yourself and season the other with Miralax/Tabasco/something else they found gross but couldn’t see. No one would tell the difference until far, far later.

      My lone office party where I did bring something I could eat, the idiots scarfed it all up and THEN ran wild on the cooler I’ve taken to keeping in my room…nothing was left. Including, as always, a tiny but ridiculously priced cake made to my exact dietary needs. Assholes >.<

      Dec 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.7   Haribo Lector

      Wait…gluten-free stuff is considered non-accessible? Do your colleagues not realise that people who don’t have Coeliac’s disease can still eat stuff that doesn’t contain gluten if they wish?

      Dec 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   diogenes bang

    Damn legalists!

    Nov 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   redheadwglasses

    Where I last worked, two guys routinely “forgot” to bring anything. One receptionist we had would get in their face and tell them they couldn’t attend unless they either brought something or gave her cash to get supplies for the meal.

    One of those guys finally caved and brought a big $2 bag of chips. When the potluck was half over, he’d grab his chips and take ‘em back to his desk, after having consumed several plates of food.

    Once, he even had his wife and kids show up for the free meal. That same receptionist kicked them out. She rocked.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm   rating: 113  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   NoAdditives

      It sounds like that man and his family just needed a meal. It sounds like an annoying habit, but you never know what other people are going through.

      Nov 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   redheadwglasses

      No, I knew him well enough. He was just cheap. I offered him my truck — for free — when it died eventually (it was 16 years old). He accepted in advance. A coworker warned me that it was a bad idea, that he wouldn’t be happy with even a free vehicle.

      She was right. For three weeks he’d stop by my desk, bitching about what else new he found wrong with the truck. Finally, I just told him I’d be happy to take it back if he wasn’t happy with a free fixer upper vehicle. He shut up after that.

      Nov 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm   rating: 54  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   Ace of Space

      To these kind of people you say: “If you ain’t got no pot, you’re out of luck”.

      I bring ice.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   My name is Princess!

      Still better than someone who brings two week old leftovers containing broccoli. …True story.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   gu

    Once I went to a potluck with 18 people and we had 18 desserts. It wasn’t as good as it sounds.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm   rating: 70  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Dana

      We used to have family potlucks. We stopped after we forgot to do a sign-up sheet and everyone brought a watermelon. We had something like twelve watermelons, and nothing else.

      Nov 28, 2013 at 1:06 am   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Tard

    Western Washington is the very definition of passive aggressive, with Snark being with confused with wit. Sadly, I live here.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Tupelo

      Eastern Washington isn’t much better!

      Nov 27, 2013 at 8:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Tard

      I lived in the Tri Cities back in ’82 – ’86, seems like the pastime was DRINKING!

      Nov 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   FeRD bang

      Y’all should emancipate yourselves to Lincoln, NB.

      Dec 4, 2013 at 2:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Kathleen

    Yes, traditionally, a potluck means whatever you want and share. However, they don’t always work out that great. Especially, when a bunch cheap out or bring the same thing, leaving another food category empty. Many have started organizing them, and asking people to commit to bringing something from a category like: salad, appetizer, protein/meat dish, desserts, supplies. Yeah, it takes a little forethought but makes it more pleasing in the end.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   claudia g

    On the organizers side. If you don’t like to take a chance with what others have prepared, politely pass on attending. Easy. It is better to have a well rounded table than the alternative of not having something from one of the categories.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Carrie

    I think the point of the note is “call it what it is”. If it’s a party, or some sort of office celebration, don’t call it a potluck unless you truly want to be surprised by what everyone brings (or doesn’t bring).

    Nov 26, 2013 at 11:39 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   rushgirl2112

      People who insist on restricting words to their original definitions do not understand how language works.

      Language is by consensus. If enough people use the word “potluck” to mean simply a gathering at which attendees bring food – and especially when that definition has actually been added to the dictionary – then that’s what it means. Trying to get everyone else to go according to the only definition that you find acceptable is tiresome. Not to mention futile.

      Nov 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm   rating: 42  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   shwo! bang

    Yeah, but since it’s Washington, you can sign up to bring pot, which would be lucky for everyone in the office.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 12:02 am   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Belaani

      Not only that, but everything would get eaten in about 10 minutes, even if it was 25 lbs. of green bean casserole!

      Nov 27, 2013 at 7:12 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   RheeRhee

      Done right, I don’t see why 25lb of green bean casserole WOULDN’T go in 10 minutes anyway. *smacks lips*

      Nov 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   AssiveProgressive

    Note: If you are the department head, don’t be a tightwad. Bring the main fucking dish and not just a bag of chips.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 12:06 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   redheadwglasses

      At my last job, a few of the higher paid people brought GREAT food to the potluck — pulled pork, sloppy joes, etc. Not cheap at all. It was nice.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 11:41 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   AssiveProgressive

      the previous boss was like that. This one is not. boo

      Nov 28, 2013 at 12:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   SMT

    Pedantic guy likely used the Oxford dictionary which goes on to state:

    “North American- a meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish:”

    Which does NOT stipulate the “take a chance” part of his definition. Nor does at least one definition of potluck or potluck dinner in every other dictionary I looked in.

    Team Organizer

    Nov 27, 2013 at 12:30 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   uncreative

      My understanding, which may or may not be accurate, is that potluck parties came from the earlier idea of potluck. Which was that if you dropped by somebody’s home without an invitation that you had to accept potluck – that is whatever they happened to be making for dinner, since they would not have prepared anything special for a guest. And that it was called potluck, since most meals were a mix of ingredients thrown into a cookie pot.

      Personally, I dislike gatherings around food, and it’s worse if it’s a large group that isn’t even actually friends. I have an extremely limiting food allergy plus a few other issues. There are foods that I can make and eat and also make portable enough to bring somewhere, but they aren’t also going to be tasty. But I’m not very inclined to either make a bunch of food most people won’t find to be very appetizing. And I’m not going to eat the food other people brought unless I know them very well, trust them, and they assure me it’s safe. And they have to be sufficiently well-versed in what I can eat. I’d much rather eat before I go or eat separately and just socialize. On the upside, I’m not mooching off of other people’s dishes and I won’t tear the donuts in half, since I can’t eat them anyway. Basically, I think there should be an acceptance of opting out of the food aspect and just enjoying the social. Especially if it’s not at a restaurant where you’re taking up space, but not buying anything.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   AssiveProgressive

    Funny, but when I actually take the time to cook something, my co-workers find it not good or acceptable. They prefer something from a restaurant to my home-cooked slop. And by the way: Honey I’m still free, take a chance on me.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 1:44 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   H for Toy

      You need some different coworkers. Try to find a place that employs mostly single/divorced blue-collar men. Those guys will eat anything you bring in.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Beatus Mongous

      You need to learn to cook, because you suck at it.

      Just kidding. You just need to learn to present it better. Maybe bring it in a box or wrap it some way that makes it look store bought.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   H for Toy

      Nice to see you again Beatus. I was gonna be nice and not mention cooking classes ;)

      Nov 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   AssiveProgressive

      I do suck at cooking. But if my relatives don’t like what I contribute at Thanksgiving, then ha, ha, more is left for me!

      Nov 28, 2013 at 12:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   D.C.

    Should have a holiday *potlatch* instead. Problem solved.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 2:57 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   AssiveProgressive

      That’s the comment I wish I had made.

      Nov 28, 2013 at 12:25 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   JoshuOrc

    Gahh potlucks. They’re either a way for the THX SANDRAs in the world (who are too dumb and/or crazy even for the world of management) to let off steam by bossing people around; or they’re misguided attempts by management itself to build morale and therefore productivity.

    Here’s a suggestion that will cost about the same in time wasted by employees… planning the potluck, debating who should bake muffins for the potluck, demanding people write their names and dietary requirements on forms for the potluck, bitching about the potluck, talking about that one person that’s on a Special Diet and won’t have anything to do with the potluck, etc etc etc.

    Instead just let everyone go home at midday on a Friday, you lose about the same work hours but there’ll be less cleaning up to do, less whining, and less risk of a lawsuit because someone managed to give everyone diarrhea with their tenuous grasp on food hygiene.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 2:58 am   rating: 48  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   The Elf

      I have a love-hate relationship with the work potluck. Hate because it consumes a lot of time, the THX SANDRA component, and there’s some people I work with but don’t really want to socialize with. Love because we have some great cooks in our group, from all over the nation and the world, and there’s nothing quite as awesome as eating steamed pork dumplings with a side of collard greens and sopping up the juice with naan. Since I have few dietary restrictions (just have to watch the sugar, that’s all) and am not germaphobic, it can be a grand feast.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 8:05 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Dane Zeller

    I always thought “potluck” was what the citizens of Colorado or Washington experienced when Mary Jwana was legalized in their state.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:01 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   sunshynegrll

    What to do if you are invited to potluck dinner, a Choose Your Own Adventure:

    1. Make a dish of food that you like to eat.

    2. Is there anything at the potluck that you want to eat? If yes, eat it. If no, eat what you brought.

    3. Live happily ever after.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:11 am   rating: 44  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   the cat

    Suddenly, I’m glad i work where I do. We have an annual optional participation potluck in early November. it was started about 8 years ago by the all employee Fun Committee. We do have a by categories sign up so that we are sure we have a good balance and minimal duplication. You can eat even if you didn’t contribute. Everyone looks forward to it. its great fun and everyone cheers for the people who cooked and everyone puts their own plate in the dishwasher. The whole fun Committee works together to set up and clean up.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   AssiveProgressive

      AOPP: Three great things. 1) It is held once a year, not six times. 2) You have a Fun Committee. 3) Your workplace has a dishwasher.

      Nov 28, 2013 at 12:30 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   The Elf

      Anyone else disturbed at the idea of an employee Fun Committee?

      Nov 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   kermit

      Well, as an elf I can see why you find a Fun Committee disturbing.

      Nov 29, 2013 at 1:59 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   The Elf

      Yeah, I’ll be roped into making toys somehow. I didn’t leave the Artic for this BS!

      Nov 29, 2013 at 6:39 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Tard

    I worked at a place where about half of the employees were Asian, mostly Vietnamese.

    I was the only white person to eat lunch with them (not sure why exactly) and the only white person invited to their lunchtime pot lucks.

    OMG the food was so good I couldn’t believe it. They would laugh at me, I ate so much.

    Nov 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Beatus Mongous

      They weren’t laughing because you ate so much. They were laughing because only THEY knew what you were actually eating.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   Tard

      Shit!!

      Nov 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   garicgymro

    Ah, the etymological fallacy…

    Nov 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   kacky

    Control freaks are really irritating. We have people like this in some of my fraternal groups. They want everyone to bring something but they gotta have it all planned out so there won’t be repeats and every food group will be represented. Just enjoy the pot luck!

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   redheadwglasses

    Happy Thanksgiving, folks! Hope you have the day you want to have! : )

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Lita bang

      Thanks! You too, Red! :)

      Nov 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Beatus Mongous

      You, too, Red! Thanks for your kind wishes.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   kermit

      Happy turkey, day to you and yours, Red. Since I can’t send you a pair of healthy lungs and lymph nodes through the internets, I am opting for cute otter pictures instead.

      Cuteoverload has posted some very adorable otters which you should see if you like furry outdoor creatures.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   redheadwglasses

      Kermit, a friend of mine’s favorite animal is otters. I will go over there now and post a link on FB. If you here a “Squee!” it’s from Seattle.

      Also: Go to youtube and search for “dog and river otter” and watch two adorable animals having a fun time playing together.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.5   H for Toy

      Happy Thanksgiving, Red! (Everyone else too). Have a great day!

      Nov 28, 2013 at 7:45 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.6   The Elf

      Yes, Happy Thanksgiving! May the odds be ever in your favor at the family pot luck.

      Nov 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.7   Nicki

      Snuggles, Red! :D

      Dec 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   redheadwglasses

    My workplace potlucks got quite a bit better — more participation — when we eliminated the open ended list and provided a list of ideas for people to put their name next to. Creative folks still bring their own thing, but the rest just show up with what was on the list (potato salad, dinner rolls, 2-liters of pop, etc.).

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   H for Toy

      Haha, you said “pop”!

      Nov 28, 2013 at 7:47 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   AssiveProgressive

      “Soda” is for jerks

      Nov 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   Kimberly

      Do you hail from the great lakes region? I am from Michigan and I can only refer to it as pop.

      Dec 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   VM

    Notewriter must be bringing the kvetch-up.

    Nov 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Denise in WI

    Here’s one for you: A friend of mine taught at a public school in northern WI, and was told “We don’t use the term “potluck”, as believing in luck is sinful. So when we have a meal like this, we call it a “potblessing”. At a PUBLIC school, mind you!

    Nov 29, 2013 at 5:56 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   The Elf

      Well, they didn’t mention WHO was going to do the pot blessing…….

      Nov 29, 2013 at 6:41 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.2   Lita bang

      Or what pot they’re blessing…is it the food type, or the, um, ex-food type?

      Nov 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   The Elf

    I just noticed the octopus near the sign-up. Is that a hint? I like calamari, but it’s not what I think of as pot-luck food…..

    Nov 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   VM

      I did bring octopus salad to an office potluck once. But it was one for Halloween, so I thought the tentacles acted as holiday decor as well as food (for those brave enough to try).

      Nov 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   redheadwglasses

      Have you heard the NPR story on calamari = pig anuses? Extensive research (seriously). (So glad I never ate calamari!)

      Nov 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.3   The Elf

      If calamari is pig anus, then that is one tasty butthole.

      Dec 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.4   kermit

      Now let’s be fair. Octopuses (octopii or octopie ?!) eat crap anyway and have a very primitive system, so what do you expect?

      *disclaimer: I have never eaten octopus in any form, so I have no idea what it tastes like. I’m assuming it tastes like really rubbery shrimp (i.e. kinda plastic-y and therefore not great).

      Dec 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.5   H for Toy

      Love calamari! Fortunately/unfortunately, I’m extremely allergic to it. It upset me when I developed an allergy to it, but if that’s true, it’s probably something to be thankful for. Wish I had known that at Thanksgiving dinner. That would’ve been such a fun “I’m thankful for…” to share around the table!

      Dec 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.6   Lythande

      Kermit, I know you’re probably just being fun, but if I can indulge my Friendly Neighborhood Pedant for a moment, technically “octopodes”.

      And calamari is squid anyway.

      Dec 2, 2013 at 4:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.7   The Elf

      Eh, tentacles are tentacles.

      Dec 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.8   FeatherBlade

      @kermit: It’s a lot like eating fried rubber bands.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   AssiveProgressive

    Maybe the reason the organizer started the sign-up sheet is because so many people kept bringing octopus. Eight octopus dishes! Holy sea cow!

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Tard

    We Damond the Dogopus, mans underwater best friend… Can play catch with eight people at once!*

    * shamelessly ripped from Sheldon

    Nov 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Tard

    Uh, that’s DEMAND.
    I hate autocorrect.

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   redheadwglasses

    I’m going to send an AGGRESSIVE note if this site doesn’t give us new fodder ASAP! I’m waiting!

    Dec 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   teresasbell

    like Albert said I am surprised that a single mom able to profit $5317 in four weeks on the internet. this website ………… Cort.as/6lNW

    Dec 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Mags

    http://www.dilbert.com/strips/1994-02-23/
    Dilbert’s take on potluck.

    Dec 6, 2013 at 8:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   FrenchToasty

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potlatch
    The origins of potlatch (potluck) have nothing to do with any of that. I have been to real potlatches and (on Reserve) and they are fantastic.

    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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