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The Mystery of the Apple

The Mystery of the Apple

It's fair to say that there have been significant advances in technology and science since the turn of the nineteenth century. Yet our recent ancestors may have stumbled upon something dating back to the 1860s that still seems to be baffling us today:

"Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread."

Through a game of generational telephone and our ever-decreasing attention spans, this morphed into the phrase "an apple a day keeps the doctor away."