June 17, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Spinach
Like a lot of folks of a certain age, I grew up watching Popeye the Sailorman and loving every minute of it. But something baffled me: the spinach thing. If they were talking about the reeking, droopy, plop of who-knows-what that they served in school, it didn't make any sense. My parents told me Popeye was the creation of the powerful spinach industry, but that may not have been true. Research reveals that Popeye was not created to sell spinach, but the cartoon's creators remembered their mothers saying, "Eat your spinach, it will make you strong!" So it became Popeye's magic elixir.