Mr. P, also known as Julius Pringles, has been the face of Pringles for over 30 years. But it seems that Mr. P, who recently underwent a charming makeover, is also the face of something scarier than a potato chip.
Last month, a strange discovery was made on social media that Mr. P is very similar to the kidney garden spider (scientific name). Arrhenius Mitificus) Take a quick look at the Kidney Garden Spider and you can clearly see Mr. P’s signature mustache and dark, round eyes.
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In an age of high-profile social media campaigns, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Pringles is now requesting that the Kidney Garden Spider be renamed the Pringles Spider. Pringles added a petition to Change.org in hopes that the International Society of Arachnology, the American Arachnological Society, and other organizations “will do the right thing and identify this real spider as the Pringles spider.”
“Now if you’re thinking ‘OMG, that spider looks just like the Pringles® logo,’ then we have to agree. It’s green, has 8 legs and the Pringles logo on the back. Therefore, Pringles is on a mission to have this spider officially recognized as a Pringles spider,” the petition reads.
So far, the petition, which promises the first 1,500 supporters a free can of Pringles if the name change is approved, has garnered more than 800 signatures. The current goal of the petition is 1,000 signatures.
Although the Kidney Garden Spider is still called the Kidney Garden Spider, Pringles instituted a program that allows fans to adopt their own Pringle Spider…um, Kidney Garden Spider. “Just pick the one that appeals to you the most,” urges the Pringles website. From there you will receive an official certificate of your adoption.
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