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Challenge #03260-H351: Citr-us and Them

The humans show the dear technician that this particular acid is completely harmless to their kind, by slicing one of the fruit into a thin slice, and eating it raw. Of course, the human that did so was an oddball, they actually LIKED eating lemons the way people ate oranges. But then again, they liked grapefruit, too!

https://peakd.com/fiction/@internutter/challenge-03129-h220-not-the-intended-use -- Anon Guest

Roark stared. She was still counting the seconds long after the Human who drank the acid should have foamed at the mouth and passed out. Yet there they were, still standing, still breathing, still alive. She couldn't believe that they were still alive.

The Humans stood and stared at Roark for a terrifyingly long time. "OH," they chorused. "The citric acid."

The one who had been bare-handed mashing the cleanserfruits for their juices started peeling one. Also bare-handed. The rest of the Humans started reacting with disgust.

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Challenge #03129-H220: Not the Intended Use

They'd been using the juices from a bright yellow fruit brought from the Terrans so long ago. They used it to eat away grease from engines and as an industrial-strength solvent, and to remove adhesives from various surfaces. Mixed another way, as a cleaning material that left a fairly pleasant scent. So imagine their surprise when humans were found to be plucking the fruit from the trees, mixing the juice with water and a little sugar, and drinking it! -- Anon Guest

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