13 January 2009


Popeye is public domain

Slowly, some of our more familiar modern cultural icons are becoming public domain, and now Popeye is one of them.

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When I was a kid I had a conspiracy theory that Popeye was designed specifically to get kids to eat spinach; whether by the spinach growers or some association of parents, I never figured out. I did wonder why spinach consumption in such a discrepancy in forearm to upper-arm musculature (not that I used those words when I was 8).

Of course, I love spinach, so if it was a conspiracy, it worked on me.
According to Wikipedia, originally Popeye gained his super-strength by patting the head of a magical whale, so maybe the spinach was a conspiracy foisted upon him later. Feel free to be disgustipated.