"How Magician Penn Jillette Lost 100 Pounds on the Potato Diet"

100 pounds in about four months. And five years later he apparently has kept virtually all of it off.

The first two weeks are nothing but potatoes. Boiled or baked but not fried. With nothing added: no salt, no butter, no anything. Mandatory to also eat the skin. 

Details are in Penn's recent book, Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Magically Disappear and Other Magical Tales. I read it and I think it desperately needs a good editor. Interesting but it would have been better at half the length. 

His diet guru is Ray Cronise. One piece on his thinking is here: "Ray Cronise Wants To Fix Our Broken Plate".

"What screams 'I'm from Portland, Oregon?'"

Quora discussion, with some that made me laugh.

Confused, distraught and annoyed when it’s time to pump your own gas. . . . EEK! Real talk, if you are from Portland, you have been spoiled and babied your whole adult gas pumping life. You will stand, or sit and wait for the gas attendant, that will never come to pump your gas.

You’re with the band. You’re in a band, were in a band, have managed or worked a bands merch table. You knew all the famous bands in town before they got famous, you probably even “dated” one of them. If you are from Portland you are probably claiming you have done one or all of these. Scene points, lots of scene points.

This, unfortunately, is also pretty Portland: "After defunding the police, Portland mayor attacks police for not arresting more rioters (that just get released anyway)".