Spinach, Iron, Popeye, and major science f-ups – Addendum
February 7, 2012 §
Were you aware of the spinach-iron-decimal-thing? Have you read the article in the previous post? If yes, you can go on.
Now keep in mind that this iron-spinach thing is really a story about scientists not checking their facts, but rather refer to whatever sources are most convenient, assuming that those have done their fact-checking, even in the absence of references. Well it turns out that this whole spinach-iron-decimal story might not be true – apparently there are no primary references to it, even in the paper that first brought up this myth (…did the author, or did he not?!?!…).
So whilst the original story might well be a myth, the fact that this myth lived on for so long because noone went back to primary sources is exactly what the myth was trying to prove – you couldnt make this up if you wanted to (…or did he, after all?!?…)