Put Cyprus on your list of Must Visit Places. I know I have, now that I’ve learned they have a monument to rival the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. It’s called The Big Potato.

That’s not a typo. The town of Xylophagou (also not a typo) erected a 16-foot tall potato in honor of their staple crop. And according to the former Ambassador from Cyprus, Euripides Evriviades, it’s a “national beacon like the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty.”

Now, I’m not sure which is more amazing. The name of the Cyprus Ambassador or the fact that he believes that a giant potato is on par with the Eiffel Tower. But as I pondered these things, it occurred to me that a little civic pride never hurt anyone. So, if they want to brag about their potato, then why should I stand in the way.

In fact, I want to go visit the Big Potato, as soon as it’s repaired (apparently, it was vandalized on January 1). This may have to do with the fact that Cyprus has the warmest weather in the Mediterranean and I’m freezing here in Indiana. Yes, I’m so cold that I want to go visit a giant potato.

Carry on, Citizens!