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Challenge #04047-K029: Chemically Derived Architecture

"We're trying to recreate limestone chemically just so we can have concrete."

The person listening thinks for a moment then smiles. "My friend, you know, Limestone is simply hardened calcium carbonate. So, in essence, to make artificial limestone, simply get calcium, which is pretty abundant, and add salt made from carbonic acids, that is to say, acids made from carbon dioxide. Would this work for your projects?" -- Anon Guest

"We need the ocean, and we're pretty far inland. Also, it's going to be a process to extract calcium. The biota in this world isn't much far past the Ediacaran stage. Weird jelly things just... blobbing about. We need to chemically extract the calcium and all the other things."

"Okay, yeah. That's a problem," acknowledged Mission Leader Aath, running her fingers over the calculations. "Long-term project, then. Grow bricks until we get to the sea and figure out if calcium carbonate is even worth it."

"Yeah." Techie Medge blew a sigh out between their lips. "Young worlds suck, but we have the potential to direct the local evolution to suit our needs."

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Challenge #02594-G037: And a Macaroni Necklace

He owned, of all things, a trash planet. How did he manage to own an entire planet? Well, when you have an IQ that puts nearly all of the rest of the human race to shame, it's not hard to figure out how to get ownership of such a thing. Besides, no one argued much when he won the bet and requested a trash planet in a rather out-of-the-way area of space as his reward. And, with it, he was able to

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Challenge #02534-F344: Designed For Disaster

There are reasons why humans coined the term “idiot proofing”, many MANY reasons -- Anon Guest

Make it idiot proof and the world will invent a better idiot -- Human engineering axiom.

It was a Human who came up with Murphy's Law, and further Humans who came up with all the associated corollaries. Humans investigated them all, invented science to prove them, and then invented science that provided vital analysis into the reasons why it was so.

All devices made by Humans

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Challenge #00866-B135: When You Have a Hammer...

Person #1: Great! You just gave an engineer a problem that can’t be solved with duct tape. Now we’re going to be stuck here all day.
Person #2: There are problems that can’t be solved with duct tape?

“Maybe if I recalibrate the spline actuator frigit…”

“What’s the first rule?” demanded Captain Dalia.

Branley sighed and toed at the metal plate floor. “Never give a stop-over mechanic a problem that can’t be solved with ductape,

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