Bringing the Text to Life
Our bodies are assembled from the nutrients we consume. We are made of food. It's not a new notion, nor novel, but it differs a morsel from what our ancestors believed.
There are stories and myths of ancient peoples who believed that to have the strength of bear, one ate bear. To run swiftly, one ate deer.
This idea, that certain foods give persons almost magical powers, was popularized in animation by boorish Bluto's nemesis - the chuckling romantic, Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm strong to the finish,
'cause I eats me spinach,
I'm Popeye, the sailor man.
In cartoons, Popeye often inhaled an entire can of spinach through his pipe, swallowing it without chewing, causing a humungous lump to travel down his throat, and then, miraculously, his "mus-kuls" grew to andirons, or army tanks, or pneumatic jack hammers. Thus empowered, he'd hammer, he'd thrash, he'd trounce the bully Bluto, rescuing lovable Olive Oyl from that lout's leering clutches.
Popeye's love for spinach did little to make spinach...