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So they still haven't improved on rations.


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Wow humanity is really boring


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With a higher survival rate when graduating the military....

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If he’s starving and can find hot water it’ll probably taste delicious. If made with cold water there may be no redemption.

Thinking about it, self heating ration packs may be a Bad Plan in a spacecraft because a) it’s extra weight that isn’t food and b) very small risk of the ration locker catching fire.

On coming of age rituals; there are a lot around, and some of them are still quite intense. Like tattooing, scarification, bungy jumping from wooden platform with vines tied to feet, and (noteworthy at least to a Loroi) drinking vast quantities of alcohol. There are also traditions like the Overseas Experience (OE) / gap year which are not super intense but do go on for a while.

I wonder what they will think about birthdays and big fancy weddings... and the fact that almost any human social celebration takes the form of a feast (Christmas, birthdays, weddings, wakes, etc.)

Edit: I knew there was a pun in there! “Beef stroganope.” Sorry not sorry.


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"Is it good"
"Not really"

I'm gonna say what every moral upstanding person on this forum is thinking. The wrong person survived.


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MRE still stands for Meals Rejected by Ethiopia I see.


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I like beef stroganoff. But I doubt the version Alex is holding in his hand is among the finest examples of the dish.

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Actually, why not? Has the TCA really skimped on food quality for the most important mission in human history?


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Actually, why not? Has the TCA really skimped on food quality for the most important mission in human history?

When you take all the water out of food to reduce its storage mass and irradiate it so that it won't rot, and mush it up so that it can be sucked through a straw... usually Michelin is going to remove your three-star rating.

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Arioch wrote:
Werra wrote:
Actually, why not? Has the TCA really skimped on food quality for the most important mission in human history?

When you take all the water out of food to reduce its storage mass and irradiate it so that it won't rot, and mush it up so that it can be sucked through a straw... usually Michelin is going to remove your three-star rating.

Should have taken the pork if the usarmy plus time can't ruin that mre then the TCA ration should be okay


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CrimsonFALKE wrote:
Wow humanity is really boring


There's a reason we humans try so hard to seek peaceful non-destructive ways to do things... even if we fail repeatedly. Its because WE know...
We're REALLY DAMNED GOOD at finding ways to KILL each other OR anything else that happens to encounter us!!!

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CrimsonFALKE wrote:
Wow humanity is really boring


Humanity involves every individual culture that is or has been. For example, Spartan graduations were as "fun" as Loroi's.


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I can feel for Alex. When I entered the Army I was eating the last of the Vietnam War "C-Rations", and the first generation of MREs. The "C-Rats" ranged from tolerable to downright nasty, the MREs went from not terribly bad, to reasonably palatable. Although the C-Ration pound cake was superb. Best thing ever put in a military ration.


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Actual beef stroganoff MRE for reference.


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[literal picture of beef stroganoff heaven]

Actual beef stroganoff MRE for reference.


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Hey at least it was not the beef frankfurter meal. Those had such a funk to them that even your sweat smelled like them after eating them. Despite being someone who loves to eat meat, I'd happily trade those for any of the vegetarian MRE's offered when I was in.


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Hey at least it was not the beef frankfurter meal. Those had such a funk to them that even your sweat smelled like them after eating them. Despite being someone who loves to eat meat, I'd happily trade those for any of the vegetarian MRE's offered when I was in.


What?

You didn't like the Nitrate Tubes in Gel? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Damn sight better than Salt Brine with Ham Slice (or did I get that reversed? :?: ) when I was in back in 1990.

All joking aside, it took Natick a long time to fix Chicken Ala King/Chicken Lo Mein into something that *didn't* need Tabasco. Compared to the MREs that were around when I joined, the ones of today are almost all tastier- though there are a few that NEED to be heated in order to be palatable.

The tortellini is one of those. Ate one cold and I was like "Wow this sucks..."

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Ham Slice was better than the Beef Frankfurters when I was in back in late 90's. Barely. If you were able to heat it up enough.


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I actually could tolerate the “four fingers of death”, and liked the meatballs in bbq sauce, and the chicken a la king (with Tabasco). The dehydrated beef and pork patties were barely edible. The c-ration tuna was awash in oil, the green eggs and ham was vile, just vile. The pork and beans was ok, but the spaghetti sometimes had huge chunks of fat in it. The spiced beef (aka alpo) sometimes had large veins and arteries in it.


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kiwi wrote:
I wonder what they will think about birthdays and big fancy weddings... and the fact that almost any human social celebration takes the form of a feast (Christmas, birthdays, weddings, wakes, etc.)

I think the Loroi could be moved by witnessing a human military funeral (if those are still a thing).


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I think the Loroi could be moved by witnessing a human military funeral (if those are still a thing).


I think that my favorite 'space funerals' are the style we've seen in Star Trek - fired off to arc around to head towards the sun. To alwasy be a part of space.


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I think the Loroi could be moved by witnessing a human military funeral (if those are still a thing).


I think that my favorite 'space funerals' are the style we've seen in Star Trek - fired off to arc around to head towards the sun. To alwasy be a part of space.


I had this idea of such a funeral from a space habitat where a venerated elder are launched from a mass accelerator, the cargo kinds, not the weapons some ships use in Outsider. As an alternative they could cremate the dead and use the ashes as part of a concrete slab that are then added to the outside of the habitat's hull for meteorite and radiation protection. One last service for the community.


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Sweforce wrote:
wedgekree wrote:
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I think the Loroi could be moved by witnessing a human military funeral (if those are still a thing).


I think that my favorite 'space funerals' are the style we've seen in Star Trek - fired off to arc around to head towards the sun. To alwasy be a part of space.


I had this idea of such a funeral from a space habitat where a venerated elder are launched from a mass accelerator, the cargo kinds, not the weapons some ships use in Outsider. As an alternative they could cremate the dead and use the ashes as part of a concrete slab that are then added to the outside of the habitat's hull for meteorite and radiation protection. One last service for the community.

Sounds like it would make more sense to use to ashes for soil renewal. Although that could possibly be a stepping stone towards cannibalism.


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