The Secret Life of Pomegranates
The Secret Life of Pomegranates extends over many millennia. Our human condition intertwines inextricably with the little squishy fruit. We all share a common anti-oxidant bond. Join us on a journey through history as we pull back the curtain on pomegranate reality. The truth doesn't hurt, but it can be a little tart without a dash of artificial sweetener.
The Brotherhood of the Traveling Pomegranate
who's ever watched Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie,
Gunsmoke, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, or The View has seen the episode
wherein townsfolk encounter a ne'er-do-well shyster selling miracles
cures from the back of his wagon. Back in the early 1800's, a shady
character known as Dr. Cyrus P. Throgmorton plied his trade throughout
the American South. He and his wife, Oprah Winfrey Throgmorton, visited
hundreds of communities to flog their pomegranate elixir. They
earnestly introduced gullible settlers to the miracles of pomegranate
juice mixed with corn whiskey. They spread the secret of pomegranates
throughout rural America.
One day the Throgmortons pulled into a small North Carolina town. After selling a few bottles of their miracle cure, they ran afoul of an unarmed yet wise sheriff who taught them error of their ways. The couple spent a night in jail, paid a small fine, enjoyed a wonderful dinner with the sheriff's family, and closed down their pomegranate scam forever. Eventually Cyrus and Oprah settled in Raleigh, where they opened a check cashing store in a strip mall.
Ruth on the Juice
Babe Ruth was affectionately known as The Sultan of Swat, the Home Run King, and the Hero of Hot Dogs. Throughout his career he punished opposing pitchers with his mighty blasts. Life in major league baseball was a tedious grind of interminable train trips and cheap hotels. Players earned very little money. In fact, most players worked a second job during the off season. Ruth was notorious for his pudgy physique and his prodigious appetite, but few people outside his inner circle knew of the nutritional secrets he discovered late in his career. He was fortunate to earn enough money through playing baseball and endorsing tobacco products to be able to afford a full time training staff. Yankee Ruth learned that his athletic career could be prolonged by careful dieting. His nutritionist introduced him to the wonders of pomegranate juice along with the miracle of the Original Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. He finished baseball with 714 home runs and went on to become a wildly popular professional wrestler in Mexico: El sultán de Golpe Repentino
. The Secret Life of Pomegranates extended and enhanced George Herman Ruth's career.
Politics play an important part in government spending. Congressmen sell their votes for health care legislation. High-powered cronyism affects contract administration in all levels of public service. Sadly, even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is not immune. On July 11, 1969, the first humans landed on the moon. Television viewers around the world shared this tremendous achievement with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Armstrong and Aldrin touched down on the surface of the Moon in the Lunar Module, while Collins piloted the Command Module as it orbited 6000 feet above the surface. Total time spent on the lunar surface was a scant 21 hours.
Since 1969, the moon landing has been tarnished by claims of fraud and trickery. Investigators from all fields of science have worked to prove that NASA mislead the public. Some historians assert that the United States Government desperately wanted to beat the Russians to the Moon. To this end, NASA was willing to misrepresent what actually took place in order to convince the public that America had the technology to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Now the truth can be told: it was pomegranate juice in those little space-age pouches, not Tang.
The Secret Life of Pomegranates extends into virtually all aspects of life. This luscious superfood has roots in science, history, sports, popular culture, and even nutrition. The next time you leave the house, look around you for evidence of pomegranate influence. The proof may be as simple as a pomegranate juice mustache around your boss's mouth or as subtle as the free radical zapping benefits of a 12 dollar pomegranate chiller at the Pomegranate Smoothie Bar. We may be able to live without pomegranates, but we cannot live above the pomegranate influence.