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Old 05-11-2019, 06:56 PM   #91
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I had a cat, Pepper, that went insane for hot peppers and would steal them in preference to actual meat. He'd get into hot wing boxes to lick the sauce then eat the chicken.
It occurs to me that odd genetic twists could make certain common foods and scents either utterly vile or function as a super stimulus.

Example: Sandalwood is one of my favorite scents. But some insects find it repulsive. Part of the reason the scent was popular, it was a lovely scent that drove off bugs. Picture a parahuman with a broad resistence to toxins based on insect DNA. He can't stand one of the most common scents used in soaps and perfumes throughout the West and Asia.

There is a type of alcoholic were alcohol acts as a superstimulant on their brains. Much like Flynderan's cat and the hot peppers. A minor glitch in brain chemistry could make many common items from apples to lipstick dangerously addictive.

You could spin many odd problems out of this. Odd, but fully realistic.
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:08 AM   #92
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Sense of direction is one thing. Polarized light would be great for spotting many things not normally visible to the naked eye. However, many things would look weird to you. Good luck telling the difference between realistic and abstract paintings. Polarized Light Eyesight would make the brushwork standout and hide most images.
Polaroid lenses can also interfere with display screens. I had to take mine off to see my phone properly. But tech could be made to take advantage of this attribute- would you need 3D glasses to watch a 3D movie?
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:24 AM   #93
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Example: Sandalwood is one of my favorite scents. But some insects find it repulsive. Part of the reason the sent was popular, it was a lovely scent that drove off bugs. Picture a parahuman with a broad resistence to toxins based on insect DNA. He can't stand one of the most common scents used in soaps and perfumes throughout the West and Asia.
It's worth remembering that most highly bioactive molecules produced by plants - spices, flavorings, perfumes, drugs or poisons - are poisonous to *something* that would otherwise eat the plant. Exactly what - bacteria, fungi, insects, herbivorous mammals etc. - varies, but with the exception of a few pollinator attractants, killing a predator is the reason the plant makes it in the first place. Humans finding some concentration of some small fraction of these things pleasant is a potentially unfortunate (or beneficial) side effect from the perspective of the plant these days, but somewhere in the depths of biochemistry there's a process these things poison. Humans just either don't use it in the same critical role, or have some protective chemistry over top of it the things it's intended to kill lack.

Or for weird human reasons enjoy the sensation of being partly disabled by poisons.
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It's worth remembering that most highly bioactive molecules produced by plants - spices, flavorings, perfumes, drugs or poisons - are poisonous to *something* that would otherwise eat the plant. Exactly what - bacteria, fungi, insects, herbivorous mammals etc. - varies, but with the exception of a few pollinator attractants, killing a predator is the reason the plant makes it in the first place. Humans finding some concentration of some small fraction of these things pleasant is a potentially unfortunate (or beneficial) side effect from the perspective of the plant these days, but somewhere in the depths of biochemistry there's a process these things poison. Humans just either don't use it in the same critical role, or have some protective chemistry over top of it the things it's intended to kill lack.

Or for weird human reasons enjoy the sensation of being partly disabled by poisons.
Which is why gentic jokers can jump out of the deck. The sheer complexity of lifeforms will always wrong foot folks at odd times. Which is what this whole thread is about.
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:56 AM   #95
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Given the sheer complexity of the human brain, any mental Quirk or Perk can be justified. Also benefits and problems can be pragmatically linked. As a side effect of my various mental issues I'm great at abstraction but routinely weak on things concrete. Any trait can, with a little study in the medical literature online, can be worked into linked benefits and limitations.
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