Folks probably thought the first Slurpee or Big Gulp machines were strange, too!  The 7-11 convenience store chain is set to roll out a self-serve mashed potato machine.

For just $2, you can get yourself a bowl of mashed potatoes and a giant tub of soda. And to make everything slide down easier, you even have the option to add an extra layer of chicken gravy on top.

I'm not sure that I would buy mashed potatoes from a convenience store;  I like to boil and mash my own, thank you.  But - I am sad that there is no longer a 7-11 in the Northland.