It was an ingeniously simple design for which the Intergalactic Utilities Company held a universal patent. From planet to planet their lightweight water-proof canopy, known colloquially as The Burp, provided a plethora of life saving functions.
On Smorg, a world blighted by adverse gravity The Burp served as essential ballast in preventing its occupants from floating away.
On the perpetually damp world of Frond, The Burp protected its highly absorbent inhabitants from swelling up and exploding.
But by far an away its most lorded use was on the notorious bland planet of Beige where colourful Burps played an integral part in spicing up their mating rituals.
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