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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Canola Oil  
  Vegetable oil refined for use as fuel  

Just a passing mention. Given the interest in alternative fuels, you wonder if this sort of experience lies in our near future.

One of those big articulated German cargo-rigs went by, the kind that burned canola oil. Rydell hated those things. The exhaust smelled like fried chicken.
From Virtual Light, by William Gibson.
Published by Bantam in 1993
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Rydell is one of the main characters in the book; he helps us bring our own perspective to the peculiar world of the novel. I wonder if a fried chicken franchise might sponsor some of these trucks, adding some secret spices to the exhaust?

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