Tuesday, July 19, 2016

150 Years of Bovril

Bovril began as a by-product of a Scottish businessman’s contract to supply a million cans of beef to Napoleon III’s army in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. The first part of the word ‘bo’ comes from the latin bovine and the second part ‘vril’ comes from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s science fiction novel, The Coming Race, in which the Vril-ya were an underground people with incredible electrical powers.
I've never been fond of this beefy yeasty concoction but they put out some pretty good advertising over the years.


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Thanks Bruce!

1 comment:

soubriquet said...

My godfather had a bull called Bovril.