Electricity and Magnetism

Electrical Bovril

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Bovril has an unexpected electrical connection. In 1871, Edward Bulwer-Lytton published a novel, The Coming Race, which featured a subterranean race with a mysterious power, vril, linked with magnetism and galvanism. When the manufactures of a new beef extract were looking for a catchy name, they combined the words bovine and vril to create the portmanteau, Bovril.

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