Trivia

Hard

The British Royal Navy Considered Rations Of What Foodstuff A Military Secret?

Carrots
Black Tea
Lime Juice
Rum

Answer: Lime Juice

One of the perils of life at sea is a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables (and the nutritional deficiencies that result from said scarcity). In the 18th and 19th centuries, the British Royal Navy successfully struck a blow against a disease of deficiency that plagued sailors, scurvy, by rationing out lime juice.

Limes, and other citrus fruits, are high in Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and will keep scurvy at bay. To that end, all sailors in the British Navy were given lime juice mixed in with their daily rations and, as such, were able to stay out at sea longer than the sailors of other navies (thus leading to lime juice being treated as a military secret).

Interestingly enough, the mechanism by which limes prevented scurvy was poorly understood. The British knew that citrus fruits prevented scurvy but they thought the mechanism of action was based on the acidity of the fruit. Because of this understanding, they replaced lemons (which have almost twice the amount of Vitamin C as limes) with highly acidic limes which were very high in citric acid but lower in ascorbic acid.

The use of limes in the British Navy is also where the term “limey” (referring to a British person) originated from. Initially used by sailors to refer to sailors in the British Royal Navy (and later British merchant sailors), the term eventually spread to refer, in general, to any British person.

Trivia

Easy

The Ration Of Rum Given To English Sailors Was Known As?

Trivia

Easy

What Is It Illegal For The U.S. Treasury To Print On Currency?

Trivia

Hard

The Oldest Verified Computer Program Still In Use Is Used For?

Trivia

Hard

Agnosia Is A Disorder That Affects Your Ability To Process?

Trivia

Hard

One Of The Hills Of Rome Is Composed Almost Entirely Of What?

Trivia

Hard

Which Movie Franchise Has The Longest Gap Between The First Release And Sequel?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Largest Irrigation Project In The World Is Located In?

Trivia

Easy

The Largest Single Source Of Dust Pollution In The United States Is A?

Trivia

Hard

The Source Of The Mississippi River Is?

Trivia

Easy

Which Of These Animals Are Able To Effectively “Pause” Their Pregnancies?