[LMB] OT: Genetics & Culture

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sat Nov 18 01:49:34 GMT 2017


The "Buy British!" thing was why the Navy liquor ration was rum, instead of
brandy.

On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 7:44 PM, M R Dolbear fm <
little.egret at dolbear.fastmail.fm> wrote:

>
>
> 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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