brantgoose: The Ancient Greeks and Romans used olive oil to clean and protect their skin. It protected against dry air (as a moisturizer) and also helped to defoliate (the slaves rubbed it on and then scraped off dead skin). Poor people had to do the job themselves, of course.They smelled constantly of rancid olive oil (the poor) or scented olive oil (the rich) as a result (and various other perfumes and stinks). Ever see a fat Ancient Greek or Roman? Perhaps part of the Mediterranean diet is simply the scent of olive oil, which makes people think of salads and causes them to lose their appetites faster.We may never know because the economic crises mean that people are finding it hard to eat a traditional Mediterranean diet. They are turning to cheap junk food in Greece and probably Italy, Spain and Portugal as well.Mind you, apart from the very rich and decadent, the Romans and the Greeks ate and drank in great moderation. Breakfast might be a handful of olives or a bit of bread (pita) sopped in olive oil or wine. Lunches were light. Orgies were merely mixed-sex dinner parties (unless they got out of hand). They were naturally active and thin except when they weren't. Both nationalities attached a great deal of importance to military level fitness and to looking good. They bred for looks.I don't remember what the British are breeding for, but it isn't looks. This is what happens when you binge-drink like barbarians. Random genetics. Darwin and his cousin Sir Frances Galton aside, the English seem to prefer to let Nature and God decide their fate as well as their fat.NOT ENOUGH OIL OLIVE?
brantgoose: Wimpy inspired a burger chain in the UK. (No surprise to British Farkers.)
brantgoose: Popeye fun facts:
Zombalupagus: brantgoose: Popeye fun facts:Spinach has 10 times less iron in it than people used to think in the days of Popeye. The reason: a misplaced decimal point when the amount was initially measured.
Pants full of macaroni!!: Also, Popeye originated as a minor character in Elzie Segar's comic strip Thimble Theatre, in which Olive and her brother Castor were the main characters. He rapidly became so popular that he became the main character and the comic was renamed after him.
goatleggedfellow: Pants full of macaroni!!: Also, Popeye originated as a minor character in Elzie Segar's comic strip Thimble Theatre, in which Olive and her brother Castor were the main characters. He rapidly became so popular that he became the main character and the comic was renamed after him.Olive's other brother, Rapeseed, never caught much of a fanbase.
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