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    More: Scary, Mozambique, blight, bananas, fungus  
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18051 clicks; posted to Main » on 23 Dec 2013 at 8:25 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-12-23 07:06:53 PM  
He was a young driver,
just out on his second job.
And he was carrying the next day's pasty fruits
for everyone in that coal-scarred city
where children play without despair
in backyard slag-piles and folks manage to eat each day
about thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
 
2013-12-23 07:25:16 PM  
These fungus stories have been floating around for years.  I guess it is a disaster just in really slow motion.
 
2013-12-23 07:30:03 PM  
Mono-cultures are easy to wipe out.
 
2013-12-23 07:33:27 PM  
Madagascar has already shut down everything.
 
2013-12-23 07:34:51 PM  
We have no bananas today...
 
2013-12-23 07:49:00 PM  
images.starpulse.com
 
2013-12-23 07:54:32 PM  
Meh, the good tasting bananas died out in 1970. Bananas haven't tasted right since then.
 
2013-12-23 08:08:39 PM  

Tarkus: Meh, the good tasting bananas died out in 1970. Bananas haven't tasted right since then.


This

/I remember
 
2013-12-23 08:24:47 PM  
Never happen. God's perfect fruit.
 
2013-12-23 08:29:07 PM  
Tonight.

You.
 
2013-12-23 08:30:46 PM  

This About That: Never happen. God's perfect fruit.


And my God you mean Man's perfect fruit -- that has been modified to the nth through hybridization
 
2013-12-23 08:31:21 PM  

Tarkus: Meh, the good tasting bananas died out in 1970. Bananas haven't tasted right since then.


Maybe your taste buds just died off?
 
2013-12-23 08:31:35 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Tarkus: Meh, the good tasting bananas died out in 1970. Bananas haven't tasted right since then.

This

/I remember


I am horribly jealous of both of you.

/Born in 1982
 
2013-12-23 08:33:50 PM  
banana pendemic

try saying that 5 times fast.
 
2013-12-23 08:33:58 PM  
saidinsilence.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-12-23 08:37:50 PM  
Happened before with the Gros Micheal strain. That's where the old song "Yes, we have no bananas" comes from.
 
2013-12-23 08:37:55 PM  

uber humper: This About That: Never happen. God's perfect fruit.

And my God you mean Man's perfect fruit -- that has been modified to the nth through hybridization


No. he had it right the first time. God's perfect fruit. a correction isn't warranted.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-23 08:40:41 PM  
Won't get rid of bananas, but they will have to change varieties. All the bananas you ever see in the United States are genetically identical--but they are different from what we used to have (ask your parents). That one was wiped out, and it's been clear that the new one would also get wiped out. Whatever they replace it with will certainly not taste as good, but it will probably ship better.
 
2013-12-23 08:40:43 PM  

calbert: uber humper: This About That: Never happen. God's perfect fruit.

And my God you mean Man's perfect fruit -- that has been modified to the nth through hybridization

No. he had it right the first time. God's perfect fruit. a correction isn't warranted.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 478x344]


I thought Liberace was God's perfect fruit
 
2013-12-23 08:41:55 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Tarkus: Meh, the good tasting bananas died out in 1970. Bananas haven't tasted right since then.

This

/I remember



Those were the Gros Michel (Big Mike) variety. After they died back, the large producers started breeding the Cavendish variety. That's what we have now. If there is a blight, they will just start producing the next variety.

There are dozens of different varieties of bananas. To quote BSG: This has all happened before. It will happen again.
 
2013-12-23 08:42:30 PM  

Tarkus: Meh, the good tasting bananas died out in 1970. Bananas haven't tasted right since then.


Came for this.

/RIP Gros Michel
 
2013-12-23 08:43:54 PM  

calbert: uber humper: This About That: Never happen. God's perfect fruit.

And my God you mean Man's perfect fruit -- that has been modified to the nth through hybridization

No. he had it right the first time. God's perfect fruit. a correction isn't warranted.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 478x344]


Gotcha, now.  Found it
 
2013-12-23 08:44:28 PM  
eating a banana is like sucking a cock. disgusting
 
2013-12-23 08:45:18 PM  

Tarkus: Meh, the good tasting bananas died out in 1970. Bananas haven't tasted right since then.


About the same time as Coca-Cola.
 
2013-12-23 08:45:58 PM  

roger_lamothe: eating a banana is like sucking a cock. disgusting


Since I never sucked a cock before, I'll take your word on that.
 
2013-12-23 08:46:32 PM  

roger_lamothe: eating a banana is like sucking a cock. disgusting


You must be an authority on sucking cock. Thanks for your input.
 
2013-12-23 08:46:55 PM  
That article was a bit short on details.  This BBC documentary excerpt (SFW, obviously; 2:18 long) does a better job explaining things.
 
2013-12-23 08:48:41 PM  

bbqsandwich: Tarkus: Meh, the good tasting bananas died out in 1970. Bananas haven't tasted right since then.

Maybe your taste buds just died off?


DAY-O!
 
2013-12-23 08:48:48 PM  
Banana shortage?

Tailpipes everywhere, breathe a sigh of relief.
 
2013-12-23 08:51:33 PM  
on the case:

pics.imcdb.org
 
2013-12-23 08:51:40 PM  

skinink: roger_lamothe: eating a banana is like sucking a cock. disgusting

Since I never sucked a cock before, I'll take your word on that.


I did. Once. But I was much more flexible in high school.
 
2013-12-23 08:52:01 PM  
Now I work for the CIA, GOD BLESS THE USA!

/obscure?
 
2013-12-23 08:53:21 PM  
I remember when bananas had prominent black seeds in the center - like kiwi-fruit.  I havne't seen any that look like that since I was a kid.... probably around 1990.
 
2013-12-23 08:53:35 PM  
Gene-engineering will fix the fungus problem, and you won't have to buy a bunch at a time.
www.seriouseats.com
 
2013-12-23 08:53:45 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: skinink: roger_lamothe: eating a banana is like sucking a cock. disgusting

Since I never sucked a cock before, I'll take your word on that.

I did. Once. But I was much more flexible in high school.


Are we talking about your sexuality or is this a round about way of saying you've gotten fat?
 
2013-12-23 08:56:24 PM  
How many times have we heard that bananas are going extinct? It's not going to happen. Stop trying to make this into a thing.
 
2013-12-23 08:56:33 PM  

uber humper: This About That: Never happen. God's perfect fruit.

And my God you mean Man's perfect fruit -- that has been modified to the nth through hybridization


Behold.
 
2013-12-23 08:57:15 PM  
Hey Mr. Tally man tally me banana....
 
2013-12-23 08:58:22 PM  

VOCSL5: I remember when bananas had prominent black seeds in the center - like kiwi-fruit.  I havne't seen any that look like that since I was a kid.... probably around 1990.


That's right... a banana slice used to look like a cat's asshole.
 
2013-12-23 08:58:39 PM  

Snarfangel: Gene-engineering will fix the fungus problem, and you won't have to buy a bunch at a time.
[www.seriouseats.com image 610x458]


My line of thoughts: I can't eat a gourd that big. I hate gourds. Why would you want a gourd that size? Exterminating the fungus seems easier through genetic engineering. People don't want to eat GMF but if we GM some anti-fungal predator to eat that and not be able to breed (and pass on freak babies)? I think more people are down with that.
 
2013-12-23 08:59:34 PM  

Snarfangel: Gene-engineering will fix the fungus problem, and you won't have to buy a bunch at a time.


O_O
 
2013-12-23 08:59:56 PM  
I cannot imagine a world without a good homemade banana nut bread, it would be too sad a place to envision. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!
 
2013-12-23 09:00:38 PM  
guess'n we'll all just have to eat american bananas then

www.zingermanscreamery.com
 
2013-12-23 09:00:43 PM  
 
2013-12-23 09:04:53 PM  
Oh no, where else will I find an expensive fruit that goes bad two days after I buy it?
 
2013-12-23 09:05:29 PM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: Oh no, where else will I find an expensive fruit that goes bad two days after I buy it?



There will always be pears.
 
2013-12-23 09:07:04 PM  

Maggie_Luna: Are we talking about your sexuality or is this a round about way of saying you've gotten fat?


Both I guess. I was as flexible as a Chinese contortionist in high school. No one else offered to suck my dick, so ...
 
2013-12-23 09:10:06 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Maggie_Luna: Are we talking about your sexuality or is this a round about way of saying you've gotten fat?

Both I guess. I was as flexible as a Chinese contortionist in high school. No one else offered to suck my dick, so ...


I think I'm beginning to understand you. I couldn't exist in a world where a pretty young thing doesn't ask to have my cock in her mouth. I'll even hold off on my usual 3d printing quips.
 
2013-12-23 09:10:36 PM  
Sometime in the future....

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-23 09:13:19 PM  
calbert:No. he had it right the first time. God's perfect fruit. a correction isn't warranted.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 478x344]


I decided to hit google for that very picture, and found some interesting things about Kirk and his partner there. In 2010, they sent out cards to elderly people, which stated the date and time the recipient was going to die and urged them to see an evangelist so they don't go to hell.

Stay classy, christians.
 
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