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The Great Spinach Math Error

Popeye would be angry, huffing and puffing! The notion that spinach helps promote strength is false, thanks to a careless mathematical error.

In 1870, a decimal point was misplaced in a set of published food tables. This error led to spinach having ten times as much iron as other vegetables.

Created in 1919, the comic strip is filled with Popeye visibly scarfing down cans of spinach to gain strength. In turn, parents have used this comic strip to convince kids to eat spinach as well.

The truth regarding the decimal error was not revealed until the 1930s. It was not widely known publicly until the fact of the decimal error was published in the British Medical Journal in 1981.

Even though the error was revealed, Popeye's use of spinach remains the same...even in the recent movie involving Robin Williams.

Oh well...I continue to wait for the return of some of early members of Popeye's family that have not appeared or been mentioned for a very long time. That is, his look-alike nephews Peepeye, Pupeye, Pipeye and Poopeye.

No kidding!