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tkzv
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12:33:41 PM Sep 28th 2013
There is a short story about a starship that runs on sex. It was a gift to Earth from some alien visitors. The crew initially was told that they have to wish for the ship to go faster and it would, but the details were deliberately omitted. The ship systems were secretly spiking water with aphrodisiacs, the crew started behaving oddly, ended up with an orgy several days long and managed to reach their destination in mere days. After that they quickly figured how the drive worked and why they weren't told.

If I'm not mistaken the story was written either by Larry Niven or Alan Dean Foster on a bet with Poul Anderson. Does anybody remember the title and the author?
tkzv
12:39:33 PM Sep 28th 2013
Also Poul Anderson (or whoever the bet was with) wrote a story about a beer-powered starship. Does anybody know it?
Someonebesidesomeone
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03:29:39 PM Dec 11th 2011
Is "Superman gets his powers from yellow sunlight" this trope?
doctrainAUM
04:19:23 PM Dec 11th 2011
No, since this trope is purely a comedic one. Superman's sunlight powers are meant to be taken seriously and are never played for laughs.
RobinZimm
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05:25:16 PM Nov 12th 2011
How is this different from Science In Genre Only?
Forecharmer
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02:14:27 PM Oct 9th 2011
edited by Forecharmer
How is this trope different from Insane Troll Logic?
RTaco
08:52:48 AM Oct 10th 2011
This trope is a Handwave that's Played for Laughs. Insane Troll Logic is coming to a conclusion in a ridiculous way.
4.230.153.248
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11:43:09 PM May 6th 2010
Nonsensoleum vs Unobtainium.
dracosummoner
05:45:37 PM Oct 3rd 2011
I think Nonsenseoleum is meant to essentially be Unobtanium played for laughs, where the former doesn't even try to fool the audience into thinking the scientific explanations make sense.
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