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Forget Glitter: The New Thing to Ship Your Enemies Is a Potato

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When Alex Craig told his girlfriend his , she told him it was the stupidest idea she had ever heard.

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While many may agree, there are thousands who do not. Craig, you see, has made a business out of sending potatoes inscribed with messages anonymously through the mail.

The 24-year-old entrepreneur says he has sold more than 2,000 potatoes and is making a profit of $10,000 a month since launching Potato Parcel in May, reports WFAA. Potatoes sell for $7.99 for a medium (which fits 100 characters) and $9.99 for a large (up to 140 characters). Craig will ship them anywhere in the U.S.

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Twitter users have posted photos in which the potatoes serve as a quirky, unexpected form of potentially anonymous .

This isn't the first time that a simple product has garnered major support. A similar business, ShipYourEnemiesGlitter, allowed users to do exactly what the name promised, catapulting founder Matthew Carpenter to fame until he grew sick of the concept and sold the website for $85,000.

Nor is this the first time the potato has inspired entrepreneurial success. In January, Zack Brown generated more than $55,000 to fund a project to make a batch of potato salad. Brown took to Internet more readily than Carpenter, and is currently working on a Potato Salad cookbook. Hopefully Craig can follow his example and make Potato Parcels a lasting business instead of just a potato-shaped blip on the radar.

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