- April 15, 2011
- Posted by: Christopher Hanson
- Category: Videos
OK, Steve Frantz writes these, and I couldn’t resist. (Note the “t” in Fran”t”z.)
I think they are going to become a regular feature…
Because I love you all and am concerned for your health and well being, today’s fun fact is not only informational, but nutritional as well! I guess you’ve grown to expect more than just facts from FFOTD—you demand fun as well. Have a great weekend! Live well, eat well, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday!
Ever wonder why spinach in particular was chosen to give Popeye his famous energy boost?
After all, aren’t all vegetables good for you? Well, the reason is actually attributed to a misprint. A study published in 1870 said that spinach had 10 times the amount of iron than it actually had. The typo wasn’t really addressed until 1981 when the study was republished in the British Medical Journal. Yep – that’s a 110-year-old misprint that went uncorrected and changed pop culture forever.
So how much iron does spinach contain? According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a 180 g serving of boiled spinach contains 6.43 mg of iron, whereas one 170 g ground hamburger patty contains at most 4.42 mg. Keep eating your spinach folks!
On a completely unrelated note and to satisfy your wanton lust for more, and more Fun Facts of the Day, chew on this;
Maine is the only state with a one syllable name.
Now that’s what I call a sticky situation! Hey! Who FFOTD?