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?