They Were Stars - Bialar Crais
Inventor of the Funnel Cake
may have wondered why Crais, so important to the plot of Farscape,
is featured in only a handful of episodes each season. As a result
of our research, we have come to a startling conclusion: Bialar
Crais is a very wealthy man and Farscape is nothing more than a
hobby for him.
story begins in the Australian Outback about 20 years ago. Thinking
he had developed a new type of bait for kangaroos, which are considered
a menace to Australian ranchers, Crais traveled across the continent
selling his "kangaroo killing funnel disks". Unfortunately,
the kangaroos didn't like the bait and Crais' venture failed miserably.
Crais packed his bags and headed for America with his funnel bait
recipe in hand. When he got there, he discovered there was very
little market for unsuccessful kangaroo bait in the US. However,
while Crais was trying to sell his product to a rancher in Albany,
Texas, an amazing thing happened.
Crais and the rancher haggled over the price of the bait, the rancher's
son, thinking the flat bait disks were some kind of pastry, started
eating them. Sprinkling powdered sugar on the disks, they were quite
popular with the rancher's children, who ate them all.
he was on to something, Crais spent his last five hundred dollars
on a dilapidated corn dog cart and set up shop at the Texas State
Fair. In a stunning example of marketing genius, Crais renamed his
"kangaroo killer disks" to "Funnel Cakes" and
they were the talk of the fair that year.
Crais' funnel cake empire stretches across North America with hundreds
of funnel cake trailers spreading joy to millions of people. The
funnel cake has become synonymous with summer fun and has made Crais
a very rich man.
Here to view Crais' funnel cake recipe
to Before They Were Stars
is a photo of Crais at one of his early Funnel cake stands
Funnel Cake empire includes more than 500 trailers like this one
which can be found at festivals, amusement parks, and fairs throughout
ever the marketing genius, always brings a fresh supply of funnel
cakes when he visits the Farscape set. Though his fellow Australian
cast members refuse to eat them, the funnel cakes do not go wasted.
The show's lone American cast member, John Crichton, is known to
devour a dozen funnel cakes in one sitting.