I can't even tell you how many incarnations of this joke I considered making and never did.
amusing... but is it Politically Correct to those who have lost family (and teeth) to scurvy? ;)
Hm... let me see...
Nope, not caring yet!
I hope they're satirising <lj user="pro_anorexia">.
Or have I just said something terribly obvious?
Nothing tastes as good as scurvy feels.
no, they're satirising <lj user="pro_gout">
As the creator of <lj comm="pro_gout"> I take umbrage at that remark!
Besides, scurvy is an ailment for commoners. They're merely jealous.
Slightly. But for those of us who have until now never heard of <lj comm="pro-anorexia"> the object of satire is revealed and it all makes sense.
I didn't even think you could get scurvy anymore. Can you?
Oddly enough, I was just reading about this. Yes, it's possible, although you have to avoid everything with even a trace of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) for about a month. It only takes about 5% of the US RDA to avoid the disease, so even a bottle of citrus soda would probably prevent the problem. Doctors in the UK had a university student a few years back who went to the hospital with scurvy; he admitted to not eating anything but chips and cola. (Or something like that, read the snopes page for more details.)
In america, potatos are our PRIME source for vitamin c... at least I read that somewhere.
A friend of mine (who rushed my frat, coincidentally--we didn't accept him) was the first victim of scurvy in Oklahoma since the land rush, a couple years ago.
They cured him pretty quickly, though.
Then he got it again.