Chandler: You walked up to that girl you liked and you could not stop talking about the Irish Potato Famine.
The Irish Potato Famine occured between 1845 and 1851. In Ireland, it was called the Great Hunger. The Irish relied heavily on potatoes as a food source. During the famine, there was an outbreak of potato blight, a fungus that made potatoes rot and become inedible. Thousands of people died from starvation. There were also fever epidemics because starvation makes peoples' immune systems more vulnerable to disease. Thousands more people fled the country and emigrated to places like England, the United States and Canada.