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10th Jun '16 10:33:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* In DeanKoontz's ''The Bad Place'', Frank sometimes shifts to a world covered in gigantic worker bugs. It turns out the bugs have been genetically engineered to eat dirt from mines and excrete red diamonds.

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* In DeanKoontz's Creator/DeanKoontz's ''The Bad Place'', Frank sometimes shifts to a world covered in gigantic worker bugs. It turns out the bugs have been genetically engineered to eat dirt from mines and excrete red diamonds.



* In the MilesVorkosigan book ''A Civil Campaign'', there's an example in "butterbugs". Miles' brother, Mark and his MadScientist employee genetically engineer these beetles that spit up a substance that is sort of a bland butter, but tastes delicious when given some flavoring and the characters remark on the disconnect between how good it tastes and how disgusting its origin is (not helped by Mark serving it to people before telling them what they are eating, or the fact that the butterbugs are the ugliest insect in existence).

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* In the MilesVorkosigan Literature/MilesVorkosigan book ''A Civil Campaign'', there's an example in "butterbugs". Miles' brother, Mark and his MadScientist employee genetically engineer these beetles that spit up a substance that is sort of a bland butter, but tastes delicious when given some flavoring and the characters remark on the disconnect between how good it tastes and how disgusting its origin is (not helped by Mark serving it to people before telling them what they are eating, or the fact that the butterbugs are the ugliest insect in existence).
8th Jun '16 11:44:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[HumanxCommonwealth Nor Crystal Tears]]'' references this trope (as a TitleDrop), but doesn't actually use it.
* The plot behind ''A Second Chance at Eden'', a prequel to ''[[TheNightsDawnTrilogy The Reality Dysfunction]]'' was set into motion when the living habitat [[spoiler:was found to have been filtering and stockpiling precious metals as a byproduct of its asteroid mining/eating. The conspirators had planned to steal as much as they could by replacing a spaceship's parts with solid gold and platinum]].

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* ''[[HumanxCommonwealth ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Nor Crystal Tears]]'' references this trope (as a TitleDrop), but doesn't actually use it.
* The plot behind ''A Second Chance at Eden'', a prequel to ''[[TheNightsDawnTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy The Reality Dysfunction]]'' was set into motion when the living habitat [[spoiler:was found to have been filtering and stockpiling precious metals as a byproduct of its asteroid mining/eating. The conspirators had planned to steal as much as they could by replacing a spaceship's parts with solid gold and platinum]].
30th May '16 5:05:52 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic Shatterglass]]'' by TamoraPierce, a magical accident results in the creation of a small living glass dragon named Chime, who likes to eat glass-coloring agents and then pukes up (or, more politely, breathes out) pretty colored glass shapes. Her owner makes necklaces out of them. She also makes little marble-looking whorls which are her puke, molded glass flames are her attempt to breathe fire like a normal dragon, a spray of needles which is how she actually defends herself, and lumpy glass rounds that are her dung.

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* In ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic Shatterglass]]'' by TamoraPierce, Creator/TamoraPierce, a magical accident results in the creation of a small living glass dragon named Chime, who likes to eat glass-coloring agents and then pukes up (or, more politely, breathes out) pretty colored glass shapes. Her owner makes necklaces out of them. She also makes little marble-looking whorls which are her puke, molded glass flames are her attempt to breathe fire like a normal dragon, a spray of needles which is how she actually defends herself, and lumpy glass rounds that are her dung.
2nd May '16 7:20:48 PM karstovich2
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* Bees eat nectar and then vomit it back up several times. After it dries out, it's honey. This is only a partial example, as it's not a waste product. It's supposed to be eaten.

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* Bees eat nectar and then vomit it back up several times. After it dries out, it's honey. This is only a partial example, as it's not a waste product. It's supposed to be eaten.eaten--by the bees, mind you, although humans have bred bees and supplied them with bountiful nectar sources to the point where the bees make far more honey than the hive could ever use.
2nd May '16 7:17:05 PM karstovich2
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** The alcohol in most alcoholic beverages is the waste product of yeast (for the most part brewer's yeast, ''Saccharomyces cerevisiae''[[note]]Literally "sugar-fungus of beer"[[/note]]) feeding on sugars during the fermentation process. The process for making sake and other "rice wines" also uses an additional fungus (''Aspergillus oryzae'', which releases enzymes that break down the starch into simple sugars the ''Saccharomyces'' can further ferment into alcohol[[note]]All alcohol produced from starchy rather than sweet source material more or less requires this additional step; it's just that beer and whiskey malt the grain--i.e. allow it to sprout--which releases the plant's native enzymes. You don't need to malt all the grain, but some malt needs to go in to supply the enzyme.[[/note]]) and pulque (a traditional fermented Mexican drink, made from agave sap) uses a bacterium, but it's the same general idea.

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** The alcohol in most alcoholic beverages is the waste product of yeast (for the most part brewer's yeast, ''Saccharomyces cerevisiae''[[note]]Literally "sugar-fungus of beer"[[/note]]) feeding on sugars during the fermentation process. The process for making sake and other "rice wines" also uses an additional fungus (''Aspergillus oryzae'', which releases enzymes that break down the starch into simple sugars the ''Saccharomyces'' can further ferment into alcohol[[note]]All alcohol produced from starchy rather than sweet source material more or less requires this additional step; step of turning starch into simple sugars; it's just that beer instead of having a fungus do that job, Western alcohols like beer, whiskey, and whiskey malt vodka use malted--that is, sprouted--grain to supply enzymes that break down starch into its simpler component sugars. Not all of the grain--i.e. allow it starch has to sprout--which releases come from the plant's native enzymes. You don't need to malt all the malted grain, but some malt needs to go in to supply the enzyme.[[/note]]) and pulque (a traditional fermented Mexican drink, made from agave sap) uses a bacterium, but it's the same general idea.
14th Apr '16 10:49:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'', one of the last books has these human characters interacting with TheFederation, whose members are non-humanoid aliens. At one point they eat something that is really really delicious, but what it actually turns out to be is horribly disgusting. I don't think it was ever said what it was, but it was likely something like an excretion of a disgusting-looking animal.

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* In ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'', ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'', one of the last books has these human characters interacting with TheFederation, whose members are non-humanoid aliens. At one point they eat something that is really really delicious, but what it actually turns out to be is horribly disgusting. I don't think it was ever said what it was, but it was likely something like an excretion of a disgusting-looking animal.



* Mentioned in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. There is a common joke about Lord Tywin, that he shits gold (The Lannister family being golden haired, disgustingly wealthy and Tywin himself having gold flecked green eyes and often wearing gold plated armour) but [[spoiler: after his son Tyrion kills him on the privy and his vital functions... complete]], it turns out that "Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold".
* In the {{Starfist}} novel ''Technokill'' by Dan Cragg, the alien birds swallow pebbles to help them digest foods, similar to prehistoric dinosaurs. When they excrete the stones, they have been pressurized into gemstones. Unfortunately, the rest of the waste is so toxic that it's impossible for humans to get close to them without serious physical harm.

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* Mentioned in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. There is a common joke about Lord Tywin, that he shits gold (The Lannister family being golden haired, disgustingly wealthy and Tywin himself having gold flecked green eyes and often wearing gold plated armour) but [[spoiler: after his son Tyrion kills him on the privy and his vital functions... complete]], it turns out that "Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold".
* In the {{Starfist}} Literature/{{Starfist}} novel ''Technokill'' by Dan Cragg, the alien birds swallow pebbles to help them digest foods, similar to prehistoric dinosaurs. When they excrete the stones, they have been pressurized into gemstones. Unfortunately, the rest of the waste is so toxic that it's impossible for humans to get close to them without serious physical harm.



* In ''PerdidoStreetStation'', there's a new drug going around New Crobuzon called dreamshit. Isaac feeds it to a strange caterpillar he has because it's the only thing it's interested in eating. It turns out that [[spoiler: dreamshit is made from the secretions of captive adult slake-moths, which they use to feed their larvae. Slake-moths are [[GiantSpider huge]], [[IntangibleMan phasing]], [[BrainFood thought-eating]] monsters, and raw dreamshit is digested souls. And Isaac's caterpillar grows up.]]

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* In ''PerdidoStreetStation'', ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'', there's a new drug going around New Crobuzon called dreamshit. Isaac feeds it to a strange caterpillar he has because it's the only thing it's interested in eating. It turns out that [[spoiler: dreamshit is made from the secretions of captive adult slake-moths, which they use to feed their larvae. Slake-moths are [[GiantSpider huge]], [[IntangibleMan phasing]], [[BrainFood thought-eating]] monsters, and raw dreamshit is digested souls. And Isaac's caterpillar grows up.]]



* The second ''SirAproposOfNothing'' book includes mention of the now-extinct Rockmuncher trolls, who consumed ordinary rock. When they ate rocks heavy with valuable ore, they literally shat gold.

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* The second ''SirAproposOfNothing'' ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' book includes mention of the now-extinct Rockmuncher trolls, who consumed ordinary rock. When they ate rocks heavy with valuable ore, they literally shat gold.
6th Apr '16 2:23:15 PM GlassRain
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* It's rubies and coins for the imps in Podcast/HelloFromTheMagicTavern.
21st Mar '16 3:08:11 PM intastiel
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** In 4[[superscript:th]] edition, the much-reviled rust monster sometimes has a gut full of ''residuum'', a magic-infused dust that is tremendously valuable in casting ritual spells and creating enchanted items. It's meant as an {{Anti Frustration Feature|s}} to dull the sting of watching your fabulously expensive magic weapons and armour turn into a bug's lunch.
17th Mar '16 2:26:01 PM TheKaizerreich
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** This also works with other things, even complex mammals such as goats, who can be genetically altered to produce spider silk.
8th Mar '16 12:15:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* Myoopi,the cute critter in ''AnimeNewsNina'' poops candy. When sick, Myoopi winds up pooping cinnamon buns instead.

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* Myoopi,the cute critter in ''AnimeNewsNina'' ''Webcomic/AnimeNewsNina'' poops candy. When sick, Myoopi winds up pooping cinnamon buns instead.



* ''WeaponBrown'' features schmoo, a delicious, tastes-like-whatever-you-want substance that turns out to be [[spoiler:excreted from the tail of a sluglike creature known as The Garf.]]
* In ''WiguAdventures'', Sheriff Pony of Butter Dimension poops excellent-quality vanilla ice cream.

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* ''WeaponBrown'' ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown'' features schmoo, a delicious, tastes-like-whatever-you-want substance that turns out to be [[spoiler:excreted from the tail of a sluglike creature known as The Garf.]]
* In ''WiguAdventures'', ''Webcomic/WiguAdventures'', Sheriff Pony of Butter Dimension poops excellent-quality vanilla ice cream.
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