[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.


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