It's called the theory of genetic-gastronomic predetermination. According to this theory, the physical and mental traits of a person depend on both the genetic inheritance and the mother's nutrition during pregnancy. My theory denies the importance of zodiac signs. It's true that people born at the same time of the year are similar, but the reasons for this are different. It's one thing to eat, as a future mum, smoked foods and pickles during the cold season, and another thing to enjoy summer's fresh vegetables and fruits.

(Translated by Diana Paşcanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In July 2021, the group has 6.800 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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