[LMB] OT: Genetics & Culture

M R Dolbear fm little.egret at dolbear.fastmail.fm
Sat Nov 18 01:44:13 GMT 2017

On Fri, 17 Nov 2017, at 22:18, Marc Wilson wrote:
> On Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:27:34 -0500, Sylvia McIvers
> <sylviamcivers at gmail.com> wrote:
> >On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 1:39 AM, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> If humans could synthesize their own Vitamin C, the Age of Exploration
> >> would have been a lot easier.
> >>
> >>
> >and sailors would not be called "limeys" .
> Well, "Limeys" are us Brits, rather than sailors in general.  And we'd
> not be called that if we'd not pissed off everyone in Europe to the
> extent that nobody would sell us lemons (which have about double the vit
> C content of limes).

Nelson had no difficulty buying lemon juice for the Mediterranean fleet.

However, the purchasing clerks in London probably preferred produce from
British colonies.

Little Egret by email
Michael Dolbear in Walton-on-Thames

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