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The Most Epic Twitter Fight Just Happened Over Potatoes

Where were you when the Great Scallop War of 2014 happened?

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On Sunday afternoon Australian Twitter user Kate Iselin asked a perfectly innocent question...

Are potato cakes called potato scallops in Sydney? Is that a thing?

Kate Iselin@kateiselinFollow

Are potato cakes called potato scallops in Sydney? Is that a thing?

2:56 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And unwittingly fired the first shots in the Great Scallop War of 2014.

I WILL TOLERATE A LOT OF THINGS SYDNEY BUT THESE ARE POTATO CAKES, NOT SCALLOPS

Kate Iselin@kateiselinFollow

I WILL TOLERATE A LOT OF THINGS SYDNEY BUT THESE ARE POTATO CAKES, NOT SCALLOPS

2:57 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Team Scallop came out swinging.

@kateiselin they are scallops! Go back to where you came from. Potato cakes... Jesus Christ, who even are you?

Joel McKinnon@joeliemckinnonFollow

@kateiselin they are scallops! Go back to where you came from. Potato cakes... Jesus Christ, who even are you?

2:59 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I am reporting @kateiselin for war crimes against potatoes #ScallopWar

Aya Reina@AyaReinaFollow

I am reporting @kateiselin for war crimes against potatoes #ScallopWar

6:39 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Let’s go scallops RT @dannolan: It’s a scallop. You know it. I know it. We will be victorious.

Mr Onthemoon@firstdogonmoonFollow

Let’s go scallops RT @dannolan: It’s a scallop. You know it. I know it. We will be victorious.

6:58 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#HeyASIO, background check on people who say potato cake instead of potato scallop? #TeamAustralia #ScallopWar

thegreenrat@thegreenratFollow

#HeyASIO, background check on people who say potato cake instead of potato scallop? #TeamAustralia #ScallopWar

7:25 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They tried some logic...

Cakes are baked, not deep fried @firstdogonmoon @clembastow @joeliemckinnon

nicholaskmc@nkmccallumFollow

Cakes are baked, not deep fried @firstdogonmoon @clembastow @joeliemckinnon

5:59 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

notice how the hashtag is Scallop War not Potato Cake War

Bec@BrocklesnitchFollow

notice how the hashtag is Scallop War not Potato Cake War

6:49 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

and my view is: I feel use of 'cake' implies you would actually be grating or mashing the potato before shaping into a 'cake' shape

jønathøniø@jonathonioFollow

and my view is: I feel use of 'cake' implies you would actually be grating or mashing the potato before shaping into a 'cake' shape

7:06 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The power of the Internet. Look what I stopped to get on my way home. #scallopwar

Rachel@creamymiddlesFollow

The power of the Internet. Look what I stopped to get on my way home. #scallopwar

6:56 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

According to Questacon, 69% of Australians call it a potato scallop, 31% call it potato cake. http://t.co/mrrxfYP2S0

Aya Reina@AyaReinaFollow

According to Questacon, 69% of Australians call it a potato scallop, 31% call it potato cake. http://t.co/mrrxfYP2S0

5:50 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Set about creating innovative weapons...

A chrome extension to replace all occurrences of "potato cake" with potato scallop.

Tombstone Taylor@taybenlorFollow

A chrome extension to replace all occurrences of "potato cake" with potato scallop.

6:35 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Conscripted some allies...

So the #Sydney #Seal has intervened in the #scallopwar . Good take. Hot.

demoniel nightmarean@dannolanFollow

So the #Sydney #Seal has intervened in the #scallopwar . Good take. Hot.

7:23 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

NZ agrees #TeamScallop #ScallopWar RT “@someofmybest: every australian I follow is getting mad about scalloped potatoes rn for some reason”

daniel@dprkekFollow

NZ agrees #TeamScallop #ScallopWar RT “@someofmybest: every australian I follow is getting mad about scalloped potatoes rn for some reason”

7:43 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"It's a SCALLOP" - Malala Yousafzai.

And even threatened to take the fight... OFFLINE.

Scallop war hits the streets people. Team PRO SCALLOP meet me at the seal in ONE HOUR for a pep talk. We end this. Tonight.

demoniel nightmarean@dannolanFollow

Scallop war hits the streets people. Team PRO SCALLOP meet me at the seal in ONE HOUR for a pep talk. We end this. Tonight.

6:42 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But Team Cake would not be beaten.

.@Serco_Inc hi can we talk about you setting up a private resettlement facility for people who call them potato scallops?

Gordy.TXT@GordyPlsFollow

.@Serco_Inc hi can we talk about you setting up a private resettlement facility for people who call them potato scallops?

6:47 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Isn't Tone from NSW? So he probs says potato scallop so I'm super comfortable on the potato cake side.

Imogen Dunlevie@ImogenDunlevieFollow

Isn't Tone from NSW? So he probs says potato scallop so I'm super comfortable on the potato cake side.

6:21 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I've never agreed so passionately with @kateiselin as I do right now! POTATO CAKE!!! #TeamCake

Neutra The Brew Punk@brewchitectureFollow

I've never agreed so passionately with @kateiselin as I do right now! POTATO CAKE!!! #TeamCake

6:21 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Please help support It's a Potato Cake, add a #Twibbon now! http://t.co/XAJSlE7AB2 http://t.co/8aLZPvRWWL

Kate Iselin@kateiselinFollow

Please help support It's a Potato Cake, add a #Twibbon now! http://t.co/XAJSlE7AB2 http://t.co/8aLZPvRWWL

6:16 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I find people who say 'potato scallop' to be confronting and I will ask Bronwyn Bishop to ensure such people are detained behind glass.

Mark Fletcher@clothedvillainyFollow

I find people who say 'potato scallop' to be confronting and I will ask Bronwyn Bishop to ensure such people are detained behind glass.

5:51 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They looked to history for the answers...

Did a routine about Oz fracturing on potato cakes/scallops/fritters 17 yrs ago. Will we ever unite? I'm #teampotatocake #ScallopWar

Dave Hughes@DHughesyFollow

Did a routine about Oz fracturing on potato cakes/scallops/fritters 17 yrs ago. Will we ever unite? I'm #teampotatocake #ScallopWar

8:08 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Questioned the enemy's integrity...

Refuse to take advice about what to call a potato cake from people who refuse to recognise daylight savings

Ben Cuzzupe @BenCuzzupeFollow

Refuse to take advice about what to call a potato cake from people who refuse to recognise daylight savings

5:29 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

NSW/Qlders may also believe a pumpkin is a breed of cow for all I know but I'm not going to embarrass them about it. #scallopwars

Neil McMahon@NeilMcMahonFollow

NSW/Qlders may also believe a pumpkin is a breed of cow for all I know but I'm not going to embarrass them about it. #scallopwars

6:17 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And resorted to desperate measures.

THIS is scalloped potatoes/potato scallops

I believe these are scallops #ScallopWar can't see any potato

Coburg Girl@coburgirlFollow

I believe these are scallops #ScallopWar can't see any potato

5:29 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Innocent bystanders volunteered to fight for what they felt was right.

.@kateiselin I don't even like potato CAKES but I will defend to the death your right to call them potato CAKES. #TeamDimSim

What Is Real Flett@danversjFollow

.@kateiselin I don't even like potato CAKES but I will defend to the death your right to call them potato CAKES. #TeamDimSim

3:43 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The whole country was divided.

Reasons why VIC, TAS, SA are no longer part of Aus. RT @AyaReina: Potato scallop/scollop: QLD, NSW, ACT, WA. Potato cake: VIC, TAS, SA.

Joel McKinnon@joeliemckinnonFollow

Reasons why VIC, TAS, SA are no longer part of Aus. RT @AyaReina: Potato scallop/scollop: QLD, NSW, ACT, WA.
Potato cake: VIC, TAS, SA.

5:34 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Even politicians took sides.

Latecomers tried to create new factions...

"potato steaks" is in fact the correct term.

Jon Kudelka@jonkudelkaFollow

"potato steaks" is in fact the correct term.

7:33 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@BuzzFeedOz @SezClom looks like potato pancakes

sherrie brick@obligatemeFollow

@BuzzFeedOz @SezClom looks like potato pancakes

8:21 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@BuzzFeedOz @SezClom My English Mum has always called them Potato Smacks!

Devilella @iwasaplatypusFollow

@BuzzFeedOz @SezClom My English Mum has always called them Potato Smacks!

7:12 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@BuzzFeedOz @trainspotter67 @SezClom potato fritters - South Australia.

Sir Xbox Cheezel@bigemlilorganFollow

@BuzzFeedOz @trainspotter67 @SezClom potato fritters - South Australia.

7:55 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And in the end, both Team Scallop and Team Cake fought dirty.

New reports suggest @kateiselin is in the pay of Big Potato, as fish and chip shops around Australia report massive spike in sales.

Age of Joeltron@gingerBFGFollow

New reports suggest @kateiselin is in the pay of Big Potato, as fish and chip shops around Australia report massive spike in sales.

6:42 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Also, just so you 'potato scallop' people are aware of the term's history:

Mark Fletcher@clothedvillainyFollow

Also, just so you 'potato scallop' people are aware of the term's history:

6:11 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Finally, there was a desperate plea for international intervention.

PEOPLE OF NOT AUSTRALIA: WHAT ARE THESE POTATO THINGS CALLED?

Clomulus @SezClomFollow

PEOPLE OF NOT AUSTRALIA: WHAT ARE THESE POTATO THINGS CALLED?

7:07 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Before the realisation hit: maybe everyone is a loser in this war.

Or how about this contribution? #ScallopWar

Unless you're a Fish and Chip shop.

Eating potato cakes at Flinders St. I blame @kateiselin and the #ScallopWar

Mike Jones@mikejonesmelbFollow

Eating potato cakes at Flinders St. I blame @kateiselin and the #ScallopWar

7:55 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@kateiselin I walked to the shop, bought 2 potato cakes & got 2 free. #TeamCake wins #scallopwar

Tacos@thiscassgirlFollow

@kateiselin I walked to the shop, bought 2 potato cakes & got 2 free. #TeamCake wins #scallopwar

5:43 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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