Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sometimes my life is like Jeopardy

My husband is a wealth of useless interesting facts. These little bits of trivia often find their way into our every day conversation. The other day, we were in the car, and he said to me, “I was reading an article about American companies that are working on alternative energy and biodiesel. The article said something that I've seen in a lot of news stories lately that really bothers me.”

“Oh yeah? What's that?” I asked him.

“Well, they keep referring to 'companies using canola oil' as an alternative fuel source. But what they really should say is that they are using rapeseed oil,” he explained.

“RAPEseed? Like rape rape?” I said.

“Yeah, rapeseed. There's no such thing as a canola plant,” he said sarcastically.

“There's no such thing as a canola plant, but there is such ting as a rapeseed plant?” I wondered aloud.

“The oil comes from rapeseed. Canola is really just an acronym anyway. It stands for Canadian oil of low acidity. So if they want to be technically correct, they should refer to it as rapeseed oil,” he said.

“Why on earth do you even know that?”

“I don't know!” he said defensively.

“Well, as someone who works in marketing, I can tell you that I wouldn't try to sell something called rapeseed oil if you paid me. Rapeseed oil is a PR disaster waiting to happen,” I told him.

“Oh,” he said, pondering my response briefly. “I just think they could do a little better fact-checking.”

“The more you know...” I said, picturing the yellow star drawing a rainbow across a black screen.

So there you have it. Did you know the origin of canola oil?


  1. Initial sales of "Rabbit Pellets" was a marketing disaster until they renamed it "Cocoa Puffs."
    Okay, that's not true.
    I do the same thing with Mrs. Penwasser. Although, unlike your husband, I've been accused of making things up when I don't know something.
    Like...there are more public bathrooms in Disney World than Belgium.
    Actually, that MAY be true.

  2. I heard about that rapeseed thing in a sitcom.
    I dismissed the info since I thought it was just a setup for a joke.

  3. I stopped buying normal eggs because they started putting “from caged chickens” on the box and I got dirty looks from cashiers. There’s such a thing as too much honesty!

  4. That bit of trivia will be stuck in my brain now.

  5. thanks for f*&%$ with my head a little...LOL
    your writing is getting better by the minute I really mean it... You are fast becoming my blogger idol. yes a little PR for that as well...LOL
    Have an awesome weekend.

  6. They keep saying canola oil in the press because nobody wants a car powered by rape...

  7. Cool Blog- I will be back and often
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  8. LOL Okay, so is he the kind of person to sit down and read the entire deck of Trivia Pursuit? :) If not, he probably always wins. I have no idea how people like your husband store all of those weird facts and tidbits of information in their brain and then recall them! They are gifted! And fun to have around when mingling in a crowd.

  9. I did know that. I first heard it from George Carlin during one of his comedy specials.

  10. I had no idea! Wow... I'm a bit like your hubby sometimes, though - I've surprised people at times with the little odd facts I've picked up over the years. Can't think of any right off the top of my head, but... They're there! I promise! Lol...

  11. I suspect we're kindred spirits. Which is why I selected you for the "Panty Meme" at Penwasser Place. The world wants to know your thoughts on skivvies.

  12. I had no idea. Interesting stuff for sure, but yeah, a marketing nightmare! Lol.

  13. @Al: LOL! I've learned never to accuse my husband of making things up because he is never wrong! Don't tell him I said that. And I totally believe you about the bathrooms in Belgium.

    @Inverse: If only it were just a joke!

    @Drake: Yikes...yeah, that does add a little bit of shame to egg-buying. Because that's what every grocery shopper needs.

    @Gigi: I know! Welcome to my life.

    @Adriana: Thanks! You are too sweet!

    @Idaho: EXACTLY!

    @Manthy: Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to checking out your blog.

    @K: I wish that was where he got his knowledge. At least then I'd have an explanation. I don't know where he gets all this stuff!

    @Ruth: Way to go!

    @Crystal: Haha. I believe you. Some people just have a brain that can remember things like that. I am not one.

    @Al: Thanks! I look forward to checking it out.

    @Aleta: Yeah, I'm sure not going to try to market rapeseed oil. Like Idaho said, nobody wants to drive a car powered by rape.

  14. Hi there. I'm picking you up from Al Penwasser's blog. Happy to meet you. :)

  15. @Laila: Welcome! Good to meet you too, and I look forward to checking out your blog!

  16. Quite honestly I prefer the word canola for it. :)

  17. LOL...great post

  18. Not a clue, but I'm impressed that your hubby knew it. :)

  19. The banter between you two cracks me up. And yeah, rapeseed is nothing to joke about!

  20. First of all, I love useless trivia and I guarantee that I will find some way to work the fact that Canola is an acronym into a conversation in the near future. That might even be my opener. I truly love that. Thank you Mr. Spaghetti!

    Two, I really wish I could go on a road trip with you and your husband because it would be the best time ever!

  21. I did know that. I'm a knowledge junkie and useless fact collector.

  22. First time hearing about this words, canola oil! That's fun reading your conversation. Hope u all doing good dear :)

  23. I had no idea...your hubby is a wealth of information. I think you should make his informational tidbits a weekly meme!

  24. You learn something new every day!

    I had no idea.

  25. @Amanda: I agree! Canola is much more pleasant.

    @Timothy: Thanks!

    @Life101: I'm always impressed myself.

    @Kelly: I'm actually glad to share the banter. It seems a shame to keep it all to myself.

    @Momnextdoor: I really hope you can work it into conversation. You have to tell me if you do!

    @Kelli: Awesome! I'd need you on my team a trivia contest.

    @Madrassi: Thanks! I hope you are doing well, too.

    @Mydayinasentence: I like to think so, too!

    @Sandra: That's a good idea! Though, it means I'll have to actually pay attention to him when he talks from now on!

    @Whispering: I definitely learn something new every day. I'm learning that I actually don't know much!

  26. no i sure didn't! but it makes sense! we have rapeseed fields ALL around our village over here in England. They are quite popular!! but they don't call it "rape - seed" they call it 'rap - seed". :) sounds better in my opinion ha ha

  27. lol. I do remember when i first heard it was called rapeseed oil

  28. Wowww. Canola was definitely the right choice.

  29. @Momma Bird: Rap-seed sounds much, much better.

    @Timothy: Thanks to my blog, I will also never forget when I first heard it.

    @Stephanie: I'm with you!

  30. I absolutely did not, and just as absolutely wish I could trace your husband's knowledge back! Even when I do learn things like this, I'm apt to forget them within moments.

    Seriously. Tomorrow morning, if someone asked, "Did you read that 'Jeopardy' entry last night?" I'd say, "Yeah! It was awesome!" but stare blankly if asked to relay what bit of food history I'd taken from it.

  31. Haha! I wish I could trace his knowledge back, too. I'm the same way!