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Are bananas actually that slippery? Could spinach give you superhuman strength? And what the heck is Toon Acid? This week, watch some cartoons alongside our writer and host, Sam Jones, and learn whether their chemistry checks out.

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Credits:
Producer: Andrew Sobey
Writer: Samantha Jones, Ph.D.
Scientific Consultants: Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D. Michael Swain, Ph.D., Leila Duman, Ph.D. Brianne Raccor, Ph.D.

Executive Producer: George Zaidan
Executive Producer: Hilary Hudson

Music:
Steven B. ShapiroClown Town

Sources:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit behind the scenes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60hCE3ld9yA

Vitamin deficiencies
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6775441/

NIH vitamin A fact sheet
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-Consumer/

Friction and other aspects of the surface behavior of woven fabrics
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9781845695149500132

Ig Nobel for banana slipping
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405451816300253?via%3Dihub#bib5

Frictional coefficient under banana skin
https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/trol/7/3/7_147/_article

The half-life of facts
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/309825/the-half-life-of-facts-by-samuel-arbesman/9781591846512/

The popeye spinach legend was fake
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1507475/pdf/bmjcred00690-0047.pdf

Iron in spinach
https://www.compoundchem.com/2018/07/17/spinach/

Was the decimal point error real?
https://www5.in.tum.de/~huckle/Sutton_Spinach_Iron_and_Popeye_March_2010.pdf

USFDA Iron
https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168462/nutrients

How the spinach, Popeye and iron decimal point error myth was finally bust
http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30230/1/7987_Sutton.pdf

NIH tox net terpentine: https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+204

Benzene
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Benzene

Acetone
https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/a/acetone.html

Monkeys, Myths and Molecules
https://books.google.com/books?id=pEclBQAAQBAJ&pg=PT207&lpg=PT207&dq=popeye+ever+mentioned+iron&source=bl&ots=rEcBrOIrWm&sig=ACfU3U1dTIWMAYW9x_g28DezTZRBxjVunA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiuwpqu5ZHlAhXCxlkKHXh6Dbo4ChDoATADegQICRAB#v=onepage&q=popeye%20ever%20mentioned%20iron&f=false

Cel Vinyls: Materials and Methods
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6677644

Mental Floss on Who Framed Roger Rabbit
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62910/15-things-you-might-not-know-about-who-framed-roger-rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Film Review
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/016059761003400107

Ecdysteroids as non-conventional anabolic agent: performance enhancement by ecdysterone supplementation in humans
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00204-019-02490-x


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