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In regards to why the zombies feed on brains, there is an official explanation is a quote from Return of the Living Dead’s writer and director, Dan O’Bannon, who suggested that the undead felt the need to feed on the brains of the recently living because it somehow made them feel better by easing their pain. Night of Living Dead (1968, directed by George A. ...


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It seems that Spock mis-pronounced the word A search on Memory Alpha and Beta shows there is no such thing as a 'marshmellon' referenced elsewhere on those sites. As further evidence for this, considering the following: In the 23rd Century, they have a marshmallow dispenser. The Memory Alpha page for Marshmallow (yes, that is a page surprisingly enough) ...


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Yes. Sam asks the same question, of whether orcs eat and drink or just live on foul air and poison, and Frodo gives him the following answer: "No, they eat and drink, Sam. The Shadow that bred them can only mock, it cannot make: not real new things of its own. I don't think it gave life to the orcs, it only ruined them and twisted them; and if they are ...


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Almost certainly There's an entire essay devoted to the subject of lembas in History of Middle-earth, imaginatively titled "Of Lembas"; in it, Tolkien writes: The Eldar say that they first received this food from the Valar in the beginning of their days in the Great Journey. For it was made of a kind of corn which Yavanna brought forth in the ...


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About the mugs The important thing to note is that in DS9 there are two types of Raktajino mugs: Hotjo mugs (from Quark's) This site claims that: These mugs were made by HighWave and were called “HotJo”. The model line was modernized however, so that the older ones are not available anymore. The current HotJo mugs were also used in later seasons of ...


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I believe this style is a no-spill mug for ships in heavy seas. That would mean both shows drew inspiration from the same real-world precedent.


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Spock didn't mispronounce the word, he was playing a practical joke on Bones. In this instance Memory Alpha seems to be in (slight) error. In the official novelisation, it's made clear that Spock was very well aware that the file had been tampered with (by Bones) and chose to play along, intentionally mispronouncing the word for his own amusement: "...


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There's mention in the film and film script that he's cooking something called rootleaf. CREATURE: Not far. Yoda not far. Patience. Soon you will be with him. (tasting food from the pot) Rootleaf, I cook. Why wish you become Jedi? Hm? The original junior novelisation describes it as "rootleaf" soup “Not far,” said the creature. “Yoda not far. ...


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Only certain things at certain times under certain circumstances, and rarely, if ever, without a significant amount of difficulty. Wookieepedia's article on Vader's armor says: The collar [of his suit] was equipped with feeding straws that allowed Vader to feed himself from an implanted bladder filled with RepMed vitapaste1, and could be refilled ...


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These are described in Leviathan Wakes as "focus drugs". They apparently give the user the ability to accurately assess the mental state of those that they're observing through their micro-expressions. Lopez reached into his pocket, took out a small packet of white lozenges, and popped one into his mouth. He didn’t offer one to Holden. Lopez’s ...


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I will honestly admit that I haven't the faintest idea what some of these foods are. sausages The giant sat back down on the sofa, which sagged under his weight, and began taking all sorts of things out of the pockets of his coat: a copper kettle, a squashy package of sausages, a poker, a teapot, several chipped mugs and a bottle of some amber liquid which ...


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I think you're very much overstating the aspect of "not interfering with nature". I don't find that to be an aspect of Elves at all, and certainly don't recall it ever being stated in the books. After all, Elves use all sorts of products made from plants: wood for the talan platforms, and for bows like Legolas's; bark for the boats they give to the ...


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It's a type of sundae also known as a Knickerbocker Glory. From Wikipedia: A knickerbocker glory is a layered cream sundae that is served in a large tall conical glass to be eaten with a distinctive long spoon, particularly in the British Isles. The knickerbocker glory, first described in the 1920s, may contain ice cream, cream, fruit, meringue. Layers of ...


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Lembas may seem like magic to us, but the elves would have seen it as simply natural. Clarke's Third Law is Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination Elves don't use "technology" the way we do, but they use their advanced understanding of the natural ...


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Not from R2-D2? This is a modification so R2-D2 can serve drinks on Jabba's sail barge, but he's only serving them, not producing or dispensing them. Presumably they come from some bartender or a dispensing system of some kind. As you can see, a customized tray has been fitted onto his hips and there's no obvious way the glasses could be dispensed from ...


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What do the dates on canned goods mean? The dates on canned goods don't reflect when the food will become unsafe to eat, they are based on quality control concerns. Manufacturers don't want customers to eat a can of food that has been sitting around so long it has become less appetizing, because the customer will be less likely to buy their product in the ...


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Cellular peptides is an actual term. You don't need to separate the two terms and try to garner a meaning from them. For clarification of comment above photo of a human cell membrane. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell-penetrating_peptide: Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) are short peptides that facilitate cellular uptake of various molecular cargo (...


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First, the elven communities in Lothlorien and Mirkwood seem to me to be reasonably compatible in size and environment with a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Rivendell with its mountainous location is a bit more difficult, but maybe also smaller. But most importantly, I think you've overlooking or misunderstanding the extent and form of elven magic: it is an ...


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Are you referring to Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers? This is not a short story, but rather a 1973 novel by Harry Harrison. Other than the fact that it is a novel, Star Smashers fits what you're looking for, from the cheese-powered ship, to the war, to the humorous tone. The novel revolves around two college science students who develop a faster-than-...


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Its virtues cannot be explained with science. From Letter #210 We are not exploring the Moon or any other more improbable region. No analysis in any laboratory would discover chemical properties of lembas that made it superior to other cakes of wheat-meal. JRR Tolkien's letter to Morton Grady Zimmerman


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These are serpent worms, commonly called gagh by the Klingons. There are different types of gagh, such as one kind that jumps, one that wriggles, and one that has feet. Klingons usually eat it alive, but it can also be served stewed, or cold. It's a safe bet that the actors were not eating real worms. If anything, it was probably spaghetti. From the Star ...


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I don’t recall any instance in the main books where they ate anything from magical creatures (Voldemort’s unicorn snacks aside), but there are a few examples in the wider Potterverse. We’ve seen several instances of people eating bits of dragon. In the Half-Blood Prince movie, Slughorn's Christmas party has "dragon tartare". There's a clip on YouTube. ...


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It's hard to answer this beyond what was included in the question; in their preferred environment, hobbits eat food that would be commensurate with traditional English meals. This is demonstrably true, by numerous example. About the best I can do is say that this was almost certainly not by accident; Tolkien was very clear in his letters that the hobbits are ...


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It's "Proxima Centauri", a short story by Murray Leinster published in 1935. The human starship Adastra is in exploration and is suddenly attacked by a race of plant-based creatures, whose technology is superior to our own. End of story, the aliens are greedy for biologic materials, a gluttony for them: hence, after capturing the ship (there are fierce ...


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Assuming you're talking about Dune prior to its 'greening', there are essentially three different populations on Dune, each with their own primary sources of food. The gentry The well-to-do nobles and minor nobility living in Arrakeen primarily seem to import their food from offworld, courtesy of the Guild, along with what appear to be spice-soaked local ...


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John's obsession with oranges seems to stem from his childhood, eating oranges from his family's orchard. When I was 12, I used to sit in my dad's garden the air full of the smell of orange blossoms watching the sky, dreaming of faraway places. The Geometry of Shadows And deprivation of them while he was out on the rim as captain of the Agamemnon. I haven'...


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To add to the in-universe answers, it seems like the prop gagh is made from Japanese Udon noodles, according to the Star Trek cookbook, page 59: There was another dish, the famous gagh, that always had to look like living worms, especially when the Klingon warriors scooped them up in their hands. Originally the gagh were white, not whole wheat, Oriental ...


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Yes. In addition to the quote provided by @Randal'Thor, there is also this: 'Water, water!' muttered Sam. He had stinted himself, and in his parched mouth his tongue seemed thick and swollen; but for all his care they now had very little left, perhaps half his bottle, and maybe there were still days to go. All would long ago have been spent, if they had ...


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The answer is simply that, while the Elves revere nature, they most certainly do interfere with it and do cut down trees. They also built large cities and mined on a fairly large scale. The Teleri built their famous ships of "white timber". Indeed, when Yavanna feared that the dwarves would have no love for her trees - "many a tree will feel the bite of ...


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