I just read a post on this subject from '03, but still don't know what to do. I've got half of a baked potato left from one I had baked in the oven and couldn't finish, 3 days ago. I just opened the foil and noticed two dark areas on one side of the potato. I've been reading a variety of opinions as to whether it's a good idea to eat it or not. The word 'botulism' scares me! I also don't recall seeing those black 'patches' when I initially placed the half potato in the fridge. I even checked the skin and it appears consistently fine (it's not dark at all). Should I deny my craving for this potato that I was going to load with butter and sour cream and just pout the rest of the night or go for it? What do the two black patches mean, esp. being just on one end and so close together? I don't know if I could just cut that part off and heat up/eat the rest or toss it....along with my screaming taste buds. Thanks so much in advance for any opinions/feedback!