Niccolo Flychuck found the Potato the most times, a total of seven times--July 8, 1996, November 8, 1996, January 20, 1997, May 5, 1997, May 19, 1997, June 23, 1997, and September 22, 1997. And, in the possible thread where Malenkai remained Speaker after eir attempted departure, e also found it on January 12, 1998, for a total of eight. Runner-up is Malenkai emself, with a total of six times.
On the other hand, the current player who has gone the longest without finding the Potato even once is Vynd, who has been a player since February 28, 1997, close to eleven months, and hasn't found it yet.
Four players have found the Potato twice in successive weeks: Mr. Lunatic Fringe(then known as snowgod)found it October 21 and 28, 1996; AZTEC GOD found it June 30 and July 7, 1997; Karma found it November 3 and 10, 1997; and Bill the pirate king found it January 19 and 26, 1998. (Since the Great Tuba was not yet in existence in October 1996, Niccolo Flychuck also attained the distinction of being the first player to hold the Great Tuba two weeks in a row.)
ThinMan has found it the most frequently in a short period, three times in five weeks from September 1 to 29, 1997(and since e did not find it twice in a row from the above, you can figure out the dates). Furthermore, e also found it on August 4, for four times in two calendar months.
The longest period the Potato has gone without being found twice by the same player is 13 weeks, from July 22 to October 14, 1996, when it was found by Techno(now Crackfoo), Simon Marty Harriman, Brinjal, Wayne, snowgod(now Mr. Lunatic Fringe), Robin Hood, Pascal, this is not a name, Malenkai, mr cwm, breadbox, Uncle Sam, and Bascule, before being found by snowgod again. There was a string of eleven unique finders from February to May of 1997, but nothing longer than ten since.
The Gazette's researchers would have liked to also have stats on who has held the Potato the greatest percentage of eir time in Acka, but getting good information on the "lifespans" of all relevant players is difficult, and time constraints force us to put out this article without this information. We apologize for the inconvenience.
When pressed for treasure hints, Alfvaen said, "Obviously, any references to '7/8' were hints for the 'useless head' treasure. Look for hints anywhere in BWG articles(I haven't put all of them on my web pages due to lack of space, unfortunately), in trinket descriptions(one in particular, that I can't say that I actually created), etc. And it might not hurt to have a browse through a codes and ciphers book or two. I recommend one called Code Games by Norvin Pallas, although Andrew Pennycook's Codes And Ciphers is also worth a look."
Go to Alfvaen's Ackanomic page.The Den of Ubiquity / Aaron V. Humphrey / firstname.lastname@example.org