Call it the “Popeye Paradox.”  Many super-types throughout the various fictional universes are empowered for a short time by ingesting a supplement of some sort: Underdog has his vitamin pills, 8-Man his radioactive cigarettes.  Even the greatest hero of our times, The Fat Fury, has to have his lollipops in order to perform his deadpan feats of derring-do, but what if we could choose our own power food?  What if you could gain immense super-strength from a really good hummus, or laser-vision from a bowl of Froot Loops?  Or, my personal choice, superhuman speed from a really good bagel and schmear?  The mind boggles (a power you only get from anchovy pizza, bee tee dubs), leading us to today’s part-of-a-nutritious-breakfast query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds it interesting that most example of this particular trope are in cartoon/humorous situations, ala Super-Mouse and his super-cheese or Goofy’s super-goobers, asking: What would you choose to be YOUR super-power-inducing power food?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I’d go with those tiny pucks of colored sugar known as Smarties. They were my study fuel during college, and nowadays they could boost my telekinesis or bullet-time perception.

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