Did you ever imagine that the comic character would one day become so famous to be called as a renowned brand? He used to eat spinach and smoking a corncob pipe. His way of walking was the reason of his popularity and thus he was named as Popeye the sailor man!

His journey was started in 17th January, 1929 by his spectacular moves. He was famous for not only the comic character, but also as the animated series and video games. So to know him more, have a look at the 10 crazy facts about Popeye The Sailor Man you probably don’t know.Cartoon are best adviser for children.

1. The cartoon characters Popeye and Olive were real people

The couple in the Popeye was real named as Popeye and Olive Oyl. They lived near the Segar’s house and the real inspiration came while watching them. A one eyed man named as Frank Rocky Fiegala, who shared fondness of Popeye in terms of fighting and pipe smoking. His appearance gave the idea of a cartoon character Popeye. The Olive Oyl was another neighbor of Elzie Segar, a tall and a slim woman named as Dora Paskel, and she used to tie her hair in a bun. Moreover, when ‘Rocky’ aka Popeye died, his gravestone was carved with the words, “Inspiration for Popeye”.

Popeye and Olive Oyl
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2. Popeye’s love for spinach

The Popeye’s love for the energy booster tin of spinach was the reason why the sale of spinach and green vegetables increase up  in many parts of the world. Whenever the Popeye wanted strength, he used to eat a tin of spinach. It is said that during a Great Depression, there was a 33% increase in the sale of spinach because of the character as he urged everyone to eat spinach, especially kids. At that time, spinach was listed as one of the favorite foods between kids after turkey and ice cream. In short, Popeye and his spinach help the kids to eat healthy.

Popeye love spinach
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3. Popeye’s statue

Popeye is the first cartoon character who has the real statue made of him. Present in the Crystal City in Texas, the statue was made to celebrate the growing industry of spinach that time. People still remember Popeye, who became a very popular comic character.

Popeye Statue Crystal City
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4. 75th anniversary of Popeye the sailor man

In honor of Popeye – The Sailor Man, the Empire State Building became green with beautiful lights on the 75th anniversary of Popeye.

75th anniversary of Popeye
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5. Another name of Olive Oyl

The girlfriend of the Popeye has been renamed as Rosario, because Olive Oyl is seen as an insult to the olive tree.

Rosario popeye
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6. Nephews of Popeye

Popeye told his nephews once that he is actually an inheritor of Hercules and his ancestors ultimate power booster was garlic, just like his strength booster is spinach.

popye with nephews
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7. Slangs used in a Popeye cartoon

Many words and slangs in the English language are present because of Popeye’s cartoon like, wimp, jeep, dufus. We are glad that these words really exist.

slangs used in popeye cartoon
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8. The real people who gave the voice of Popeye and Olive ended up marrying each other

Popeye was first became famous as a series of short animated films in 1993, where we saw the Popeye and his competition with Bluto in every single series for the affections of his lover Olive. From 1935 onwards, Jack Mercer gave the voice of Popeye and Olive was voiced by Margie Hynes. They went on to voice the characters for the next 40 years and ended up marrying each other.

Jack Mercer and Hargie Hynes from popye
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9. Olive Oyl also had an elder brother

The Popeye’s Olive, usually angry, often disloyal, but a real sweetheart also had an elder brother named as Castor Oyl.

Castor Oyl from popeye
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10.Booster of Popeye, other than spinach

Before spinach, Popeye got his powers by rubbing his head on the feathers of a magical white hen. The whiffle hen, known as the Bernice in the comic strip, always granted good luck to anyone who rubbed her feathers and Popeye was the one who regained his health using hen’s powers, when he was shot at a casino.

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The other beautiful thing about the Popeye’s carton is the signature theme song, which was written by Fleischer Studios composer Samuel. “I’m Popeye The Sailor man” became so famous in every screen and radio due to the character. Here are the lyrics, according to popeye.wikia.com:

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man,

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.

I’m strong to the finich

Cause I eats me spinach.

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.

I’m one tough Gazookus

Which hates all Palookas

Wot ain’t on the up and square.

I biffs ’em and buffs ’em

And always out roughs ’em

But none of ’em gets nowhere.

If anyone dares to risk my “Fisk”,

It’s “Boff” an’ it’s “Wham” un’erstan’?

So keep “Good Be-hav-or”

That’s your one life saver

With Popeye the Sailor Man.

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man,

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.

I’m strong to the finich

Cause I eats me spinach.

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.