POTATO – The World’s First Smart Potato

Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space cover

After being in print for twenty years, the Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space, covering everything that was learned on every single space mission in the 20th century, has finally gone out of print.

I presently have my last four hardback copies available for sale. The book sold new for about $90. To get your own autographed copy of this now rare collector's item, please send a $120 check (which includes shipping) payable to Robert Zimmerman to

Behind The Black, c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

"Useful to space buffs and generalists, comprehensive but readable, Bob Zimmerman's Encyclopedia belongs front and center on everyone's bookshelf." -- Mike Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut


"The Chronological Encylopedia of Discoveries in Space is no passionless compendium of information. Robert Zimmerman's fact-filled reports, which cover virtually every spacecraft or probe to have ventured into the heavens, relate the scientific and technical adventure of space exploration enthusiastically and with authority." -- American Scientist

An evening pause: Reminds me of every single commercial I see on television these days. Only smarter.

Hat tip Mike Nelson.



  • Alex Andrite

    I will wait to order mine.
    As I am still training my Pet Rock.

  • Marc J Atteberry

    Electrical Banana

  • Dick Eagleson

    Personally, I welcome our new Irish and Idahoan Overlords.

  • wayne

    That, is Hilarious!

    Let’s slip some Education in here….

    “Giffen Goods”
    “A Giffen good is a low income, non-luxury product that defies standard economic and consumer demand theory. Demand for Giffen goods rises when the price rises and falls when the price falls. In econometrics, this results in an upward-sloping demand curve, contrary to the fundamental laws of demand which create a downward sloping demand curve.”
    —“Some examples of giffen goods that economists have identified include agricultural staples such as: potatoes, rice, and corn.”
    (On the other hand….) [my Kingdom for a one-handed Economist!]
    “Potatoes during the Irish Great Famine were once considered to be an example of a Giffen good. However, Gerald P. Dwyer and Cotton M. Lindsey challenged this idea in their 1984 article “Robert Giffen and the Irish Potato,” where they showed the contradicting nature of the Giffen “legend” with respect to historical evidence.”
    “The Giffen nature of the Irish potato was also later discredited by Sherwin Rosen of the University of Chicago in his 1999 paper “Potato Paradoxes.” Rosen showed that the phenomenon could be explained by a normal demand model.
    “Charles Read has shown with quantitative evidence that bacon-pigs showed Giffen-style behavior during the Irish Famine, but that potatoes did not.”

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