When I was a boy there was a game called hot potato.  There was even a toy potato with a random timer that would simulate an explosion.  You would toss the potato around with friends and the goal was to have someone else holding the tuber when it went bang!

I came across a story today and I don’t believe it defines hot potato in the way I recall the game. 

a Miss Idaho was photographed naked in a crib full of potatoes.  In 1935!

Rare News is casting doubt on a claim a Miss Idaho was photographed naked in a crib full of potatoes.  In 1935!  Apparently a black and white picture has surfaced and some claim it’s legitimate, however.  There are few available records offering any serious confirmation.

Potatoes, until scrubbed, are usually dirty and I imagine this might cause some itching.  And the potato bugs crawling across skin might not be very dignified for a pageant contestant.

You can also check this link from the Facebook page of the Idaho Potato Museum.  It casts even more doubt (it also has a photograph of a lovely young woman and is G-rated).