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Why zero tolerance on nudity in space?

Housecleaning in Zero-G Think through the amount of body hair and skin flakes a human sheds each week. On Earth, you take a vacuum cleaner or a mop. Still, fluff collects in hard-to-reach places. No ...
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A believable place for your secret lair

Port Talbot Steelworks If you take the place over and keep the steelworks running the government will practically pay you to have your HQ there. Nobody will notice any heavy industrial equipment ...
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A believable place for your secret lair

Private ranches. Here are the ten biggest ranches in Texas. Ranging from King Ranch (911,215 acres) to Jones Ranch (255,000 acres). There are also large ranches in Oregon, Wyoming, etc. Every once in ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

Live-Streaming Have you ever heard of Twitch? The streaming platform that allows you to let other people watch you play a game and give you donations if they like to watch you play? Where hundred or ...
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Biological CPUs - why would the developed world fear them?

There are some great technical and political reasons laid out in existing answers, but there's also a very human answer which has been overlooked: They're creepy. It's the uncanny valley writ large -...
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Why would male organs make better ingredients for a spell?

witchcraft in this world is practiced openly by witches is exclusively female & Mana is continuously produced by the body in order to keep a person alive and functional. Males can't use magic ...
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Why zero tolerance on nudity in space?

1 - We're icky There is a hygienic dimension to clothing. As mammals, especially placental mammals, we're always secreting and shedding something -- sweat, oil, hair, dead skin, and many other ...
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Why zero tolerance on nudity in space?

Spacesuits are compulsory The human body is ill suited for leaving the confines of Earth. Spacesuits serve a variety of necessary functions in order for humans to operate in space like temperature ...
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A Society Built Around Theft?

A similar system was used in the spartan agoge Boys were intentionally underfed to encourage them to steal food for themselves; however, they were severely punished if caught. This was part of the ...
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How can I frame human sacrifice as an honor without marketing it to the disadvantaged?

The Mesoamerican ballgame was played by the Mayans in pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America, and ended in human sacrifice. Last year, when I was visiting a site containing an ancient ballcourt, ...
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Rite of Winter: How to Stop Crescian Couples from Mutual Assassination

Personally I see this as the wrong way around. Courtship isn't about trust. It's about proving yourself. Personally both sides should be trying to quietly kill the other because if the other isn't ...
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Biological CPUs - why would the developed world fear them?

It just takes one disaster. Early on when the Caspar technology was still new and people hadn't figured out the quirks yet, a Caspar unit was put into a new ship without the proper therapy and ...
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Why would people be fearful of the dead?

Contagious infection is the most likely reason such a belief/ fear would arise. Even if the plague was a long time ago, these stories are pervasive and would be passed down through the generations (...
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Why would a country persecute people with autism?

A fictitious (not fantasty) story is set in a third-world country sometime during the 70s or 80s. The country operates similarly to any semi-developed country in central or south America. The ...
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A world where some currency loses value when handled would have a deflationary economy. What would the consequences to society be?

It's not going to have any real effect really. It will just mean that the "thrupeny" coin will be treated as tuppence in all transactions regardless of its current colour. If you offer a ...
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Rite of Winter: How to Stop Crescian Couples from Mutual Assassination

Renewed poisoning Or another way of saying Mutually Assured Destruction. What the ritual does is both members of the couple personally poison a bottle of wine at the start of the ritual with a secret ...
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Why would a country persecute people with autism?

Eugenics + Poverty It actually happened. If you feel like hating humanity you can look up the practise of forced sterilization, which was quite widespread even 40 years ago. And you still see ...
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A believable place for your secret lair

Hiding in plain sight Others have mentioned hiding in plain sight by placing your HQ below a legit factory or office building. This is a good idea, in that no one will notice your power and water ...
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In modern day combat, what would warrant singing during battle?

Singing still has a place in modern battle. https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/us_marines_blaring_acdc_to_agitate_iraqi_insurgents.html According to the Associated Press, U.S. ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

In addition to the other ideas: sell organs. Kidneys, heart, bone-marrow, skin. What's left goes to the catfood factory.
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Why is there a universal (both de jure and de facto) ban on necromancy in the world despite xenophobia and distrust between countries?

Because we do it in our world too Thanks to Geneva conventions and others, many weapons are forbidden. Gas and chemical among them. Now there are of course countries that secretly, or not so secretly, ...
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Why would a psychic subspecies of humanity choose not to communicate telepathically?

It is Difficult Mind-links may take a lot of energy and effort to maintain or establish. Maybe a mind link requires a large amount of energy, requiring those with the mind-link to consume a lot more ...
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How can I frame human sacrifice as an honor without marketing it to the disadvantaged?

Your description of mana usage looks a lot like organ donation. Organ donation is a very sensitive topic in the real world. People are very touchy about their flesh even after they'll never need it ...
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What would lead an entire country to systematically ignore home invasion, theft and vandalism from 1 particular person?

The person is The Chosen One, and everyone in the country knows it. This is also a pretty common situation in video games - for example, everyone in Legend of Zelda knows that Link is a constantly-...
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Marriage and divorce in the future

Coming from a young marriage, a religion that places great emphasis on family life, and a wonderful TED talk, I believe that the evidence for monogamy and marriage may be strengthened with longer life ...
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How can a royal family avoid political instability after a deathbattle?

What will happen in reality The first emperor is ailing. The five families, the Alphaei, Betii, Gammae, Deltae and Epsilones, make ready to cope with his impending death. Outwardly, each family is ...
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A believable place for your secret lair

Just buy an office building right in the center of a large city. Put your secret stuff in the basement while you put a legitimate business on top. As long as your front business stays clear of any ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

The NGO could auction off the rights themselves to the highest bidder once the restraining order terms are violated. There are likely people who would pay to be able to hunt a human legally, ...
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In what situation could royalty and organised crime lords mix?

This can and does happen in the world now. Boarding schools and other exclusive private schools are for the children of families with money to send them. You will wind up with old money, new money, ...
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What would realistically be the secret base for someone who can teleport?

Hide it in plain sight. You seem to have reasonable carte blanche when it comes to the secret base. One problem with the ideas so far is that you could be tracked down by your use of electricity, ...
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