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londovir- by iamsab

About that B5 Christmas challenge on lastbesthope...

I couldn't stop thinking about said challenge on my forty minute ride home (No Kohl's tonight- whee!). Hence:

There shall be Christmas!Fic written by me and it shall feature an alien's- Vir's, to be precise- perception of a candy cane. Make of that what you will. *wink*
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Hee! I'm still stuck on what mine'll be. *pokes muse*

I'm embarrassed to ask, but..

...is there a special Christmas significance to a candy cane, other than candy in general being the season's food of choice?

Also: go, you. But remember that Centauri can't stomach fast food...

Re: I'm embarrassed to ask, but..

But remember that Centauri can't stomach fast food...

I think that may be a problem with the fat content rather than the sugar, however. Simple carbohydrates are so easy to absorb that I can't imagine how they'd be an issue unless the human and Centauri digestive systems are completely different, and since we've seen them eating the same food before I don't think that's the problem. And candy canes are all glucose as far as I know *g*.

... why, yes, I do think about these things far too much. Now I just need someone who actually understands biology to explain why fat content might be a problem for the Centauri.

The Bio-Psych major guesses...

... that the Centauri might lack lipase, which is produced in the pancreas to digest fat, or bile, which is produced in the liver and is also used to help digest fat.

Or, it could be a preservative that troubles them. Preservative allergies exist in the human population- perhaps one of those allergies is inborn in the Centauri.

And yes, I also think about these things too much. I must admit that, thanks to farscapefriday, I am now mulling over waste evacuation...

Re: The Bio-Psych major guesses...

... that the Centauri might lack lipase, which is produced in the pancreas to digest fat, or bile, which is produced in the liver and is also used to help digest fat.

Or, it could be a preservative that troubles them. Preservative allergies exist in the human population- perhaps one of those allergies is inborn in the Centauri.


Either of those would make sense - I'm glad there's always someone who knows more about biology than I do around when I need them *g*.

The other complicating factor is that there's something in fast food that's attractive to the Centauri tastebuds, which might make a preservative allergy more likely that a problem absorbing fat.

Either way, I bet every eating establishment on B5 has disclaimers all over the menue denying responsibility for illness resulting from biological incompatibility.

I must admit that, thanks to farscapefriday, I am now mulling over waste evacuation...

Isn't alien biology fun? Although I don't actually have anything in mind for that challenge yet. Possibly because I'm in the middle of writing a rather serious X-Men story *g*.

Regarding the candy cane...

... I ran a little search and came up with the following site:

The Candy Cane

thank you!

Now over here the christmas candy of choice is gingerbread, so I wasn't familiar with the cane in connection to the season.