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Wednesday, February 09, 2005


What's In Popeye's Pipe ?

The world's most famous sailor-man may be tooting more than just spinach in his pipe.




During the 1920s and '30s, the era when Popeye was created, "spinach" was a very common code word for marijuana. One classic example is "The Spinach Song," recorded in 1938 by the popular jazz band Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends. Performed for years in clubs thick with cannabis smoke, along with other Julia Lee hits like "Sweet Marijuana," the popular song used spinach as an obvious metaphor for pot.







posted by DW  # 1:49 PM


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