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Claim: Singer Willie Nelson said of his September 2006 drug offense, "It's a good thing I had a bag of marijuana instead of a bag of spinach. I'd be dead by now."
Origins: In September 2006, the U.S. was rocked by a deadly outbreak of
The resultant specious Willie Nelson quote that tied the two events together into a humor offering began circulating in
Yet he was not its author. The jape originated with humorist Argus Hamilton, who wrote in his
Hamilton's column is carried in more than 100 newspapers in the U.S. The substance of the fictitious "quote" was likely picked up from that source by some unknown Internet wag who repackaged it into first-person form and issued it as something the singer had himself said.
There's no reason to believe Willie Nelson voiced the statement at any point in the fake quote's development: the news reports of the period were silent in this regard, which would not have been the case had the star said anything that witty. Nelson has instead remained rather closemouthed about the matter of drugs being found on his tour bus.
As to why there had been such an expression of humor in the first place, comics often look to the news of the day for inspiration for their pithy observations on the human existence. While an
As well, folks hang onto a number of unpleasant associations formed in childhood and carry them over into adulthood. Vegetables are one of the classes of food the rebellious little kid in us loves to hate, a perspective reflected in this gem harvested from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
My PC book says that we can't just profile spinach. We have to pull all vegetables off the shelves.Barbara "veggie trails" Mikkelson
Last updated: 1 October 2006
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