Challenge #02421-F231: Organically Sourced Isotopes
Imagine the surprise across the Galactic Alliance when they discover that humans have more than a mild tolerance to small doses of radiation, and that some of our plants are (in large enough quantities) active enough to set off sensors designed to detect much more harmful materials...
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose -- Adam in Darwin
The stasis box arrived in successive layers of protective wrapping, depending on which port it had shipped through, and which species did the transporting on the next leg of its rather long journey. Upon seeing the parcel that was now the rough dimensions of a sleep pod, Human Jef had one thing to say.
"Bloody hell, this is gonna want a lot of unwrapping." Human Jef started rolling the dolly and the parcel on it towards their special enclosure that protected the rest of the Havenworlder crew from everything Deathworlder that could potentially harm them. "All this fuss and bother for some fruit from home."
"Fruit?" echoed Thys the Companion. "This is Deathworlder thing, yes? It explodes? It is poison?" The package had warning labels on top of other warning labels. By all rights, it should have been thrown into the heart of a dying sun just to make certain that the Universe would no longer have it in existence.
"Nah, it's only a little bit radioactive. Zero point one microsieverts. Not even enough to get fussed about."
"Ah. Radioactive," said Thys. Then hir brain caught up with hir mouth. "You eat radioactive food?"
"Calm down... it's not even cumulative radiation. The body processes it and it's fine. Honestly. You get more trouble from an X-ray." Human Jef also had their brain catch up with their mouth. "Well. The Human version of an x-ray. You lot have to work with picoseconds of exposure."
Thys considered the parcel as it trundled towards the Human's heavily-shielded environment. Jef did belong to a species who simply mucked around with radiation for significant years before they realised that it was dangerous. They put lead into their atmosphere and had to fight to eliminate the process. They ignored their own heavy environmental impact until the very last moment for intervention to occur. This was a species with extremely limited forward planning skills when profit was on the line.
"You are certain you are not radioactive after consuming your hazard fruit?" Thys asked. Ze really had to ask. Humans were dangerous and deadly creatures at the best of times. They were most often hazardous to themselves. They could eat themselves to an early death because the unhealthiest food was also the tastiest to them.
Human Jef rolled their eyes. "I'm certain, but I'll go through all the scans anyway. You're probably going to be fine."
It was the use of the qualifier that alarmed the most.
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