September 19, 2006
The truth about Spinach
As a kid my mom used to tell me that I should eat my spinach because it was good for me. I hated spinach and would refuse to touch the stuff. Then mom would use the example of Popeye, and explain that when he ate his spinach he would become strong; hence, I too would benefit if I ate spinach. I never really bought the idea, but now I know what's wrong with this analogy. Let me count the ways.
1) The only reason Popeye ate the spinach in the first place was because he was weak. A strong person would have been able to resist eating spinach. Weakness = eating spinach.
2) Once Popeye did eat spinach he became violent. Bruto always got beaten up. Now I've been known to violently resist eating spinach, but that's defensive behavior not aggression towards others. Therefore Spinach = aggression
3) Whenever Popeye ate spinach he became unconcerned about the environment. Popeye would down a can of spinach and then toss the empty can willy-nilly to the side. Hence Spinach = despoilment of nature.
More than enough reason for me to avoid the icky stuff. What do you think about that mom?
Posted by fstone at September 19, 2006 9:27 AM
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