It’s hard for me to imagine Alan as a youngster, willingly eating his veggies. My sister and I, loathe to eat our greens, used to push them around surreptitiously (and in revolt) until there were enough pockets of plate peeking through to make it appear as though we’d taken the required few bites. While I was pursuing the “Hamburglar” and all his meaty riches and happy meal toys, Alan was actively refusing all his tricks.
Popeye ate spinach for strength, but there’s no denying the many cognitive benefits of a diet rich in veggies. A New York Times article recently reported that a diet laden with greens can help slow the rate of mental decline. A 2006 study touted the same. Alan’s choice at a young age to become a vegetarian might mean he’ll maintain his smarts and brain function to a ripe old age. And that will buy him more time to earn a Nobel Peace Prize, something a great many Intel finalists aspire to and achieve. Keep eating those veggies, Alan!