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(Some Scientician)   Bananas: Intelligently designed to fit into your hand...and to be completely wiped out by a fungal pathogen   (the-scientist.com) divider line 225
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2011-09-07 03:04:00 PM
Banana Scientists = great band name.
 
2011-09-07 03:34:16 PM
Worst part about the banana cultivation process is that the bananas that we normally eat, the Cavendish cultivar, are essentially all clones of each other. Bad for disease resistance. So, the banana as we know it might be gone in the future.
 
2011-09-07 03:36:54 PM
This has happened before. The article is absolutely right about the whole genetic identities of the Gros Michel vs. the Cavendish thing. The whippersnappers of today should have patience with their grandparents when the oldsters complain that bananas didn't taste quite as "banana-y" as they used to. It's tempting to chalk it up to a deadening of the taste buds, but at least in the case of bananas, Nana and Pops aren't just engaging in produce nostalgia.

Having been born in '75, I've never eaten a Gros Michel that I know of, so I have no real basis of reference. But to hear my Grandparents tell it, old bananas vs. the current variety was as obvious a difference as farm-fresh vs. hothouse tomatoes. They used to say they were thin, woody, stringy and bitter compared to how they used to be.

I'm sure some geneticist could make a killing by finding a surviving Gros Michel strain, re-engineering Banana 1.0, and re-introducing them to supermarkets. Anything's possible.

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2011-09-07 03:38:56 PM
Is it that time of year again?
 
2011-09-07 03:43:21 PM

MaxxLarge: Having been born in '75, I've never eaten a Gros Michel that I know of, so I have no real basis of reference. But to hear my Grandparents tell it, old bananas vs. the current variety was as obvious a difference as farm-fresh vs. hothouse tomatoes. They used to say they were thin, woody, stringy and bitter compared to how they used to be.


My grandmother says basically the same thing. Also since she grew up poor on a farm, fruits like bananas and oranges were delicacies and special treats. The only orange she would get was in her stocking at Christmas and maybe a banana once or twice a year.

Also, first ever greenlight!! Wooot!

/go banana
 
2011-09-07 04:02:25 PM

elementalogic: [images1-focus-opensocial.googleusercontent.com image 402x301]

approves


i236.photobucket.com
 
2011-09-07 04:09:04 PM

miss diminutive: They used to say they were thin, woody, stringy and bitter compared to how they used to be.


Old people usually get bitter because of the disappointments of life.
 
2011-09-07 04:09:27 PM
I've been banana spoiled living in the Caribbean. Our bananas are much smaller than the Cavendish- and there is no comparison when it comes to flavour, texture and general yumminess. I don't know what I'm going to do when I'm back in Big America.


My bananas:
i1138.photobucket.com
 
2011-09-07 04:09:59 PM
Don't worry subby, it's all part of God's plan.
 
2011-09-07 05:02:51 PM

NotMyAmrfis: I've been banana spoiled living in the Caribbean. Our bananas are much smaller than the Cavendish- and there is no comparison when it comes to flavour, texture and general yumminess. I don't know what I'm going to do when I'm back in Big America.


My bananas:
[i1138.photobucket.com image 640x426]


I've seen those at the grocery store; they call them mini-bananas. They're stupidly expensive compared to regular bananas, but I may have to give them a try in light of your endorsement and the impending bananapocalypse.
 
2011-09-07 05:16:34 PM

RexTalionis: Worst part about the banana cultivation process is that the bananas that we normally eat, the Cavendish cultivar, are essentially all clones of each other. Bad for disease resistance. So, the banana as we know it might be gone in the future.


Exactly. Bananas as we know them in the American supermarket WERE "intelligently designed," if you mean specially developed by farmers.
 
2011-09-07 05:23:19 PM

NotMyAmrfis: I've been banana spoiled living in the Caribbean. Our bananas are much smaller than the Cavendish- and there is no comparison when it comes to flavour, texture and general yumminess. I don't know what I'm going to do when I'm back in Big America.


My bananas:
[i1138.photobucket.com image 640x426]



My first piece of advice is if you have found a way to make a living on an island in the Caribbean, you should stick with it and not move (unless you can find a job on an island in the Pacific). 'Cause, damn.

But if you absolutely must return to the mainland, do at least some of your grocery shopping in the stores away from the suburban neighborhoods; especially if you can find a grocery store with a sign that's written in a language other than English.

If your city has a "Chinatown" or something similar, do some of your shopping for fruits and veg there. The selection is almost always much better, the quality is at least as good, usually better, and the prices are typically lower than the major chain grocery stores.
 
2011-09-07 05:26:36 PM
Jubeebee: I've seen those at the grocery store; they call them mini-bananas.

I had one the other day and really enjoyed its flavor and texture.

/cool banana story, bro
 
2011-09-07 05:42:27 PM

itazurakko: RexTalionis: Worst part about the banana cultivation process is that the bananas that we normally eat, the Cavendish cultivar, are essentially all clones of each other. Bad for disease resistance. So, the banana as we know it might be gone in the future.

Exactly. Bananas as we know them in the American supermarket WERE "intelligently designed," if you mean specially developed by farmers.



Yea, saw some video on Youtube with someone saying bananas are proof god created the universe.

Even though the bananas we know today didn't always exist.

bwindiresearchers.wildlifedirect.org

Picture of a wild banana. The black things are seeds
 
2011-09-07 06:21:18 PM
Not to worry...

3.bp.blogspot.com

I'm sure the good folks a Monsanto will engineer a patented "solution" to our problems.

We might have to fertilize them with monkeys, though.
 
2011-09-07 06:38:59 PM
The the bananas I used to fit in my anus were much sturdier, now they fall apart before they are halfway in.
 
2011-09-07 06:40:44 PM
Oh thank god I farking hate bananas. The smell hits me in the back of the throat and makes me want to vomit.
 
2011-09-07 06:40:55 PM
Banana varieties have been wiped out before. The bananas that were wiped out around 1970 by the fungus tasted so much better than today's bananas. That was when I quit eating bananas. I read about this fungus epidemic about 5 years ago. I just hope the next variety doesn't taste even worse.
 
2011-09-07 06:41:02 PM
Stupid articles (and comments - See Travis Bickle, above) are stupid.

Dnrtfa.
 
2011-09-07 06:41:11 PM

TravisBickle62: The the bananas I used to fit in my anus were much sturdier, now they fall apart before they are halfway in.


Great, now we know why God is taking them off the market. Thanks a lot!
 
2011-09-07 06:42:17 PM
What about coconuts? Hard to hold if you have small hands, and they're pretty damn hard to open regardless.

That's right, I just disproved creationism. Sorry, fundies.
 
2011-09-07 06:42:39 PM
I read that there's a few farms down in south/central america that still grow the Gros Michel but not at any scale for export. Apparently they don't travel as well as Cavendish. Bruise easier, etc. Which is a shame. I'd love to try one and see what all the recipes from the 1800s that call for bananas were meant to taste like. There's also dozens of other cultivars and varieties out there just nowhere near as mass produced as the Cavendish.

I say good riddance to the Cavendish when/if it goes away.
 
2011-09-07 06:43:05 PM
Seriously when is the last time someone bought a banana sturdy enough to serve as an anus dildo for more than a day?
 
2011-09-07 06:44:13 PM

Bunnyhat: Yea, saw some video on Youtube with someone saying bananas are proof god created the universe.


Kirk Cameron, isn't it? At least I know he's one of the people buying into that nonsense.

MrEricSir: What about coconuts? Hard to hold if you have small hands, and they're pretty damn hard to open regardless.

That's right, I just disproved creationism. Sorry, fundies.


If your head is as hard as that of the average Creationist, just bashing the thing on your forehead might be enough. Just sayin'...
 
2011-09-07 06:44:58 PM

TravisBickle62: Seriously when is the last time someone bought a banana sturdy enough to serve as an anus dildo for more than a day?


God you are stupid.

#1 - You don't peel it
#2 - You freeze it first.

/this your first time to the rodeo?
 
2011-09-07 06:47:13 PM

MrEricSir: What about coconuts? Hard to hold if you have small hands, and they're pretty damn hard to open regardless.

That's right, I just disproved creationism. Sorry, fundies.


no no no..See they are designed to be gripped by the talons of the sparrow, who carries them up
in the air and drops them on stones below to break them open..
 
2011-09-07 06:47:37 PM
Ah the bi-monthly BANANAS ARE GOING EXTINCT!!! thread on Fark.

It'll be replaced by another cultivar. Get over it.
 
2011-09-07 06:47:40 PM
Just keep seeds/clones/whatever in storage until the stupid fungus dies off once it has killed every banana on the planet. Killing your host is not a good design.
 
2011-09-07 06:47:43 PM

Bunnyhat: Picture of a wild banana. The black things are seeds


Well that looks disgusting. :(
 
2011-09-07 06:48:14 PM

Jubeebee: NotMyAmrfis: I've been banana spoiled living in the Caribbean. Our bananas are much smaller than the Cavendish- and there is no comparison when it comes to flavour, texture and general yumminess. I don't know what I'm going to do when I'm back in Big America.


My bananas:
[i1138.photobucket.com image 640x426]

I've seen those at the grocery store; they call them mini-bananas. They're stupidly expensive compared to regular bananas, but I may have to give them a try in light of your endorsement and the impending bananapocalypse.


The little red bananas are the best, they have a nice firm texture and a sweet snappy taste that reminds me a little bit of apples.

Deeeeeelicious, I've seen them mostly in the local Asian grocery store, but they are at my local whitebread supermarket every once in a while.
 
2011-09-07 06:48:26 PM
They've replaced the regular bananas again, I swear.

Smaller, more astringent, and firmer.
 
2011-09-07 06:49:49 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: MrEricSir: What about coconuts? Hard to hold if you have small hands, and they're pretty damn hard to open regardless.

That's right, I just disproved creationism. Sorry, fundies.

no no no..See they are designed to be gripped by the talons of the sparrow, who carries them up
in the air and drops them on stones below to break them open..


African or European swallow?
 
2011-09-07 06:49:51 PM
I'm allergic to bananas, so no great loss as far as I'm concerned.

Although, bananas did inspire this bit of awesome, so there's that.

www.dadsbigplan.com (new window)
 
2011-09-07 06:49:52 PM
www.hinnerkfd.handshake.de
 
2011-09-07 06:50:36 PM
I like bananas. Bananas are good.
 
2011-09-07 06:51:30 PM
Corn is like this too. Corn used to be a short grass, until the Mayans figured out how to fark with plants via selective breeding.

Without humans, corn would soon die out and become extinct.
 
2011-09-07 06:51:32 PM

Maechyll: Mr. Shabooboo: MrEricSir: What about coconuts? Hard to hold if you have small hands, and they're pretty damn hard to open regardless.

That's right, I just disproved creationism. Sorry, fundies.

no no no..See they are designed to be gripped by the talons of the sparrow, who carries them up
in the air and drops them on stones below to break them open..

African or European swallow?



I don't know......

/ Waaaaaaaaaahhhh
 
2011-09-07 06:53:05 PM
The thing I never understood about the banana/creationist thing is- bananas also fit in monkey's hands too..
 
2011-09-07 06:54:53 PM
I can't wait until bananas are wiped out completely. Damn irrational fear of Brazilian wandering spiders laying eggs in bananas.
 
2011-09-07 06:56:01 PM
Selective breeding is actually just part of God's grand design. Thus selective breeding PROVES Intelligent Design and disproves evolution.
 
2011-09-07 06:56:30 PM

meat0918: They've replaced the regular bananas again, I swear.

Smaller, more astringent, and firmer.


I noticed this for a few months as well, around here they seem to have gone back to the way they were before though....
 
2011-09-07 06:57:58 PM

SumoJeb: I can't wait until bananas are wiped out completely. Damn irrational fear of Brazilian wandering spiders laying eggs in bananas.


Thus proving that God is actually a giant farking poison spider.
 
2011-09-07 06:59:57 PM
Let's just break out the Genetic Modifications already. Make resistant versions of the old bananas.
 
2011-09-07 07:00:05 PM

Sticky Hands: meat0918: They've replaced the regular bananas again, I swear.

Smaller, more astringent, and firmer.

I noticed this for a few months as well, around here they seem to have gone back to the way they were before though....


Same here. I wonder if it was a test thing or just a bad year.
 
2011-09-07 07:00:59 PM

LincolnLogolas: Selective breeding is actually just part of God's grand design. Thus selective breeding PROVES Intelligent Design and disproves evolution.


The retroactive ass-covering that fundies do in order to cling to some sort of desperate, self-reinforced "relevance" every time Science takes another giant bite out of their skydaddy never ceases to amuse me.
 
2011-09-07 07:01:46 PM

Cpl.D: Corn is like this too. Corn used to be a short grass, until the Mayans figured out how to fark with plants via selective breeding.

Without humans, corn would soon die out and become extinct.


Everything you eat is like this.

Eventually all the cultivars woulds revert back to their native form, or die out.
 
2011-09-07 07:02:02 PM
Not much of a banana fan, but cavendish are subject to travel restrictions here (Queensland, Oz) - anyway, they don't taste half as nice as "Lady Finger" variety - which are resistant to this fungus.

CSB - my Dad found some Lady Finger shoots at the local dump, way back in the 60s - brought 'em home, planted 'em, and they supplied a few bunches per year for us.

I took some shoots with me when I left, and I've got their descendants growing in my yard now - the kids love them.

So do the fruit bats (flying foxes), unfortunately - and those b@stards spread hendra virus.
 
2011-09-07 07:02:09 PM

miss diminutive: Also, first ever greenlight!! Wooot!



I got something else that, uh, might be described as "intelligently designed to fit in your hand".

/not what you think
//ok maybe
///no that that
////what do you think i am? some kind of sicko?
//sheesh.
 
2011-09-07 07:03:05 PM

Bunnyhat:

Picture of a wild banana. The black things are seeds


I didn't know that, seriously. So do they have bananas with seeds to plant, and seedless to eat?
Who says Fark isn't educational.
 
2011-09-07 07:04:41 PM
Who would have thought combining monoculture and monocropping could have a downside.
 
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