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Announcing Chowhound's Newest Category: Bananas

Dave MP Apr 1, 2013 12:04 AM

We're pleased to announce that as of today, Chowhound has a brand new discussion category: Bananas

I know what you're thinking....why didn't we create this category sooner!?!? After all, billions of people around the world eat bananas, compared to foods like wine and cheese which are far less popular. So we apologize for the delay, and we're happy that the discussion category now exists here: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/92

The banana category on Chowhound is the place to discuss anything having to do with bananas (including plantains): choosing bananas, storing bananas, peeling bananas, cooking with bananas, deciding whether to feed bananas to infants, learning how to avoid bruising your bananas, discussing how to make banana toothpaste, telling your favorite banana jokes, learning how to say 'banana' in other languages, and any other pressing questions.

So go ahead....go bananas!

Again, we're sorry it's taken so long to do this.

Dave MP

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  1. Njchicaa Apr 1, 2013 12:26 AM

    This has to be an April Fools joke.

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      StrandedYankee Apr 1, 2013 12:42 AM

      Could we also discuss the Woody Allen classic from the early 1970's? What about bananas as an option on a lonely evening? I think that this board is an absolutely BRILLIANT idea! Now, everyone, I want your best banana cake recipe!

      Happy April Fools Day!

      Sarah M.

      1. Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2013 01:04 AM

        Dave, you forgot to announce the logo contest!

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        1. re: Melanie Wong
          kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 06:58 AM

          I find the third banana logo suggestion to be in poor taste. Do we really need to see a topless banana? At least give her some coconuts to wear or something! SHEESH! Seems "you people" really like to let it all hang out, don't you?! Well, at least now you have your own board.

        2. j
          John Francis Apr 1, 2013 01:13 AM

          April fool!

          1. k
            klyeoh Apr 1, 2013 01:18 AM

            LOL! Happy April Fool's Day, fellow CHs.

            1. sunshine842 Apr 1, 2013 01:28 AM

              LOLOL -- right down to the appearance of whether we really need a banana board, and the profiles of all the posters....

              Well-played, Dave. Well-played.

              Some links to BoingBoing's long-running banana memes -- JUST LOOK AT IT.





              (my personal favorite




              1. Samalicious Apr 1, 2013 03:13 AM

                There aren't many people posting on the banana board yet. Can't you put a sticky somewhere? If I click the "recommend" button does that mean I like the whole board or just your post?
                And we need a banana of the month. Who is in charge of the banana of the month?

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                1. re: Samalicious
                  sunshine842 Apr 1, 2013 05:41 AM

                  there's BOTM thread posted.

                2. h
                  HillJ Apr 1, 2013 05:02 AM


                  don't leave out the CHOW tips!

                  happy fools...

                  1. grampart Apr 1, 2013 05:37 AM

                    ''Electrical Banana is gonna be a sudden craze. Electrical Banana is bound to be the very next phase.''
                    Donvan 'Mellow Yellow' 1966

                    1. Servorg Apr 1, 2013 06:06 AM

                      Closely followed by "Foods that Rhyme with Orange Board"

                      1. Gio Apr 1, 2013 06:54 AM

                        I'm really excited about this. Thanks Dave! You're right: Why didn't you think of it sooner. Actually, why didn't ^_I_^ think of it.

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                        1. re: Gio
                          Servorg Apr 1, 2013 06:58 AM

                          I don't know...it's a slippery slope from here on out, that's for sure.

                          1. re: Servorg
                            Gio Apr 1, 2013 07:01 AM

                            You don't think I'm going to fall for that do you?

                            1. re: Gio
                              Servorg Apr 1, 2013 07:15 AM

                              lol...my first post for the new board will be this photo asking for help in identifying these unidentified things http://funpicc.blogspot.com/2012/01/l...

                              1. re: Servorg
                                Gio Apr 1, 2013 07:17 AM

                                Gosh. Thanks for the heads-up. Now I can beat everyone to the search...

                                1. re: Gio
                                  Servorg Apr 1, 2013 07:24 AM

                                  And we haven't "touched" on the whole issue of happiness and bananas in pockets yet... ;-D>

                                  1. re: Servorg
                                    Gio Apr 1, 2013 07:25 AM

                                    I'm so glad you're happy to see me...

                                    1. re: Gio
                                      Servorg Apr 1, 2013 07:29 AM

                                      I've always thought you were very appealing...

                                      1. re: Servorg
                                        kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 07:33 AM

                                        Get a room already! And I thought it would help giving the "bananas" their own board...

                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                          Servorg Apr 1, 2013 07:36 AM

                                          Banana in haste

                                          Repent at leisure

                                          (Dave will soon be repenting...I'm sure because these jokes are coming in bunches...)

                                          1. re: Servorg
                                            Servorg Apr 1, 2013 07:54 AM

                                            Plaintaining these sorts of stories on to the "Inter Web" can take on a life of their own, as we can see...

                                          2. re: kattyeyes
                                            Gio Apr 1, 2013 08:10 AM

                                            Harumph. Bored is as board does...just sayin'. (or is it the other way round)

                                            1. re: Gio
                                              Servorg Apr 1, 2013 08:13 AM

                                              Hey, let's not go bana...er...crazy here!

                                              1. re: Servorg
                                                kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                I see a "nuts" board comin' next!

                                                1. re: kattyeyes
                                                  mcf Apr 1, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                  They all go nuts eventually. ;-)

                                              2. re: Gio
                                                kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                Not to worry, CH brings out the inner banana in LOTS of people! ;)

                                                1. re: kattyeyes
                                                  Gio Apr 1, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                  Yes, and that's sort of like upsetting the apple cart...

                                                  1. re: Gio
                                                    kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                    No need to mix apples and bananas now, Gio!

                                                    1. re: kattyeyes
                                                      kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                      Besides...I don't think bananas are housed in carts. Don't they live in hammocks?!

                                                      1. re: kattyeyes
                                                        Servorg Apr 1, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                        It turns out they just hang out with their friends and family most of the time...

                                                        1. re: Servorg
                                                          kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                          Well, to quote Gwen Stefani:
                                                          "This sh*t is bananas: B-A-N-A-N-A-S!"

                                                          1. re: kattyeyes
                                                            kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                            And on that note, I've gotta split...

                                                            1. re: kattyeyes
                                                              Servorg Apr 1, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                              I need to split now before I get all mushy and embarrass myself...but this has been more fun than a barrel of monkeys, with, or without, the long yellow things...

                                                          2. re: kattyeyes
                                                            Gio Apr 1, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                            Well I've only looked briefly but I could have sworn I've seen some hung, on a hook thingy, in the kitchen.

                                                            1. re: Gio
                                                              kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                              Well hung, I am sure!

                                                              1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                Gio Apr 1, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                Prevents early maturation. I'm told.

                                                                1. re: Gio
                                                                  kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                  Yeah, bananas hate when THAT happens...

                                    2. re: Servorg
                                      kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 07:03 AM

                                      "I got one foot on a banana peel, the other in the twilight zone!"


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                                    INDIANRIVERFL Apr 1, 2013 07:50 AM

                                    All of us from Ojai california or Florida applaud the formation of a board for this overlooked fruit. Chiquita is not the only type. While my favorites are ice cream and finger, there are those who espoise the horse, plantain, and Jamaican red.

                                    For those who consider it simply a Hal Roachian prop, it transpires to be the primary sustanance for discerning paleo and vegan wannabees.

                                    Personally,I don't look good in black and gold, but as my daughter would say, whatever. As I bumble about.

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                                    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL
                                      Servorg Apr 1, 2013 08:09 AM

                                      So, what you are saying is, this new board won't be playing second banana to any other board in your opinion?

                                      1. re: Servorg
                                        Veggo Apr 1, 2013 08:14 AM

                                        Correct, no bananas foster child here.

                                        1. re: Veggo
                                          Servorg Apr 1, 2013 08:17 AM

                                          I'm worried about flambe wars breaking out though...what do you think?

                                          1. re: Veggo
                                            INDIANRIVERFL Apr 1, 2013 08:18 AM

                                            Cures what ails you, improves the libido for all the sexes, and is a petroleum free wax on the ski slopes.

                                        2. re: INDIANRIVERFL
                                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 1, 2013 09:04 AM

                                          it transpires to be the primary sustanance for discerning paleo and vegan wannabees.
                                          Not Paleo, too much sugar. Vegan, sure. In fact...

                                          But wait, should this be a discussion on the Special Diets or V&V board instead of here?

                                          And what about plantains? They *look* like bananas, but technically they're not the same. So are we allowed to discuss them here? And if not, can they have their own board? It doesn't seem fair to play favorites. Some of us prefer the more savory, lower-sugar option. Ya know, all that sugar in bananas will kill you. In fact, my sister went to college with someone whose ex-boyfriend's aunt died from eating too many bananas on the Cabbage Soup Diet.

                                          Speaking of which, has anyone tried the Cabbage Soup Diet? Does it really work?

                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                            melpy Apr 1, 2013 12:01 PM

                                            My father used to do it every so often and it worked but he could never make it through the brown rice and cranberry juice day.

                                            Always put the weight back on.

                                            1. re: melpy
                                              goodhealthgourmet Apr 1, 2013 01:55 PM

                                              I was kidding, but I appreciate you taking the time to reply anyway :)

                                        3. mcf Apr 1, 2013 07:59 AM


                                          1. grampart Apr 1, 2013 08:30 AM

                                            I was going to provide a link to a great Bananarama tune, but there isn't any. Links, yes. Great tunes, no.

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                                            1. re: grampart
                                              kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:32 AM

                                              Would you prefer Captain & Tennille?

                                              1. re: kattyeyes
                                                grampart Apr 1, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                Egad. Never those two!

                                              2. re: grampart
                                                Gio Apr 1, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                Or Louis Prima...

                                                1. re: Gio
                                                  kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                  Never heard this version--and I LOVE Louis Prima! Perfect call!

                                                  1. re: kattyeyes
                                                    Servorg Apr 1, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                    And then there is always the Spike Jones version...

                                                  2. re: Gio
                                                    kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                    "We no gotta da banana"--this is AWESOME!

                                                    1. re: Gio
                                                      grampart Apr 1, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                      Louis was cool, but I like this oldie. You have to listen to the whole thing.


                                                      1. re: grampart
                                                        kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                        Who knew someone was spelling out "bananas" long before Gwen Stefani? On a 78 no less! I couldn't make your link work, grampart, but this one does--still listenin':

                                                        1. re: grampart
                                                          Gio Apr 1, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                          That's the Bee's Knees, the Berries, and the Cat's Pajamas all rolled into one vinyl...

                                                          1. re: Gio
                                                            coll Apr 1, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                            Speaking of which, just noticed this one too....this guy loves his bananas!

                                                    2. r
                                                      rasputina Apr 1, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                      Nice try but not very convincing.

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                                                      1. re: rasputina
                                                        Servorg Apr 1, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                        Yellow journalism doesn't cut it for you?

                                                        1. re: rasputina
                                                          kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                          Don't like it? You should make like a banana tree and LEAVE. ;P

                                                          1. re: kattyeyes
                                                            Servorg Apr 1, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                            I finally get to use some factual, actual knowledge I picked up about 30 years ago and somehow never forgot.

                                                            From the Chiquita website:

                                                            "A common misconception is that bananas come from banana trees, when in fact the banana is closely related to ginger and ornamental plants such as birds of paradise, amaranths and canna lilies. The banana plant is not a tree, but the world's largest perennial herb and grows up to 25 feet, developing massive banana leaves that may extend 9 feet in the air. Edible bananas are technically berries and do not produce seeds. Their rhizomes, or roots, can be hundreds of years old."

                                                            1. re: Servorg
                                                              Gio Apr 1, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                              Mama mia. Jack and Giant Banana Stalk... I thought you were going to say it was a root vegetable.

                                                              1. re: Gio
                                                                Servorg Apr 1, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                Only "Joey Bananas" could be classified as a "root fruit" since he went underground so often back in the day...

                                                                1. re: Servorg
                                                                  Gio Apr 1, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                  "Joey Bananas". We had to ostracize him from The Family because he liked banan wid his pasta fazool and cappacol.
                                                                  My avatar is in fond memory.

                                                                  1. re: Gio
                                                                    Servorg Apr 1, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                    Take the banana. Leave the gun and the Cannoli...

                                                                    1. re: Servorg
                                                                      Gio Apr 1, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                      I love cannoli so... I'll take the banana stuffed into the cannoli. Wid sweet ricotta.

                                                                      1. re: Gio
                                                                        kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                        Gotta foster it first! That is actually not so bananas after all!

                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                          Gio Apr 1, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                          As if I need the calories.

                                                                          1. re: Gio
                                                                            kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                            Now, now, it's not a question of need! I don't need them, either. ;)

                                                            2. re: kattyeyes
                                                              Veggo Apr 1, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                              Banana leaves...Hmmm....time for a little Tikin-Xic...

                                                              1. re: Veggo
                                                                kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                Please have my portion!

                                                                1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                  Gio Apr 1, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                  "Banana leaf wrapped seasonal white fish marinated and baked in a traditional Yucatan mixture of achiote, orange and garlic served on a bed of black bean puree and rice, topped with pickled red onion and salsa." What's not to like?

                                                                  I'll take mine w/o the black bean puree, please.

                                                                  1. re: Gio
                                                                    kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                    Nothing if you like cooked fish, but I don't. ;) Now the black bean puree, that's not an issue.

                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                      Gio Apr 1, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                      You must be bananas. (Sorry, I had no choice.)

                                                                2. re: Veggo
                                                                  sunshine842 Apr 1, 2013 10:38 AM


                                                                  The most memorable meal I had lo these many years ago when I went to Merida after I graduated from USF.

                                                            3. m
                                                              MamaCrunch Apr 1, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                              This is bananas!!

                                                              1. Cherylptw Apr 1, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                I can't believe there is a category just for bananas...why not make individual sites for cuts of meat like offal, rice varieties, oranges, or any one of other topics? I contacted the mods recently asking for a category devoted to wild game & fishing but the request got turned down! Many chowhounders would appreciate this topic but no go, yet there is a category for bananas...this is just the dumbest thing I've read on this website. Favoritism at it's finest at work here at Chow!

                                                                17 Replies
                                                                1. re: Cherylptw
                                                                  Gio Apr 1, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                  Cheryl, what's today's date? Hmmmmm.....

                                                                  1. re: Gio
                                                                    HillJ Apr 1, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                    See now I read Cherylptw's comment as totally tongue and cheek.

                                                                    1. re: Gio
                                                                      Cherylptw Apr 3, 2013 09:15 PM

                                                                      Why don't you tell me? And please don't say April Fool's Day; it's still dumb...JMHO

                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw
                                                                        sunshine842 Apr 3, 2013 10:55 PM

                                                                        Take a deep breath.

                                                                        It was set up for April Fool's Day, we had fun, we laughed (a lot).

                                                                        Dave's already posted that the board is going away.

                                                                        1. re: sunshine842
                                                                          Servorg Apr 4, 2013 02:46 AM

                                                                          You can lead a hound to bananas, but you can't make them laugh...

                                                                        2. re: Cherylptw
                                                                          Gio Apr 4, 2013 04:19 AM

                                                                          April Fools...

                                                                      2. re: Cherylptw
                                                                        Dave MP Apr 1, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                        Hi Cherylptw,

                                                                        Thanks for your feedback. As I've said before, we thought the time was right for creating a place for banana discussions. So that's the decision we went with. However, I think your suggestion of creating an orange category is a great idea, and is certainly something I'd consider for next year.

                                                                        1. re: Dave MP
                                                                          Servorg Apr 1, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                          What, no love for my "Food that rhymes with Orange" board?

                                                                          1. re: Servorg
                                                                            Gio Apr 1, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                            All right I'll bite. Just exactly what food rhymes with "orange"? And don't say Porrange.

                                                                            1. re: Gio
                                                                              Servorg Apr 1, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                              I'm withholding all of the great ones I've thought of until the board is created...then prepared to be wowed!

                                                                              1. re: Servorg
                                                                                grampart Apr 1, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                                                Only sporange unless you count half-assed rhymes. (See Eminem)

                                                                                1. re: grampart
                                                                                  Servorg Apr 1, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                  Come on, people!!! What day is it still? Let's get into the spirit of this thread...

                                                                                  1. re: grampart
                                                                                    kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                    You are really breakin' out your street cred today, grampart. First Bananarama, now Eminem? You're really not someone's gramp after all, are you? :)

                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                      HillJ Apr 1, 2013 12:45 PM


                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                        grampart Apr 1, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                        I try to keep up. ;-)

                                                                                        1. re: grampart
                                                                                          grampart Apr 1, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                          I was born 2 weeks before Jackie Robinson played in his first Major League game. Ancient? Not so much, but old enough for Medicare!

                                                                                          1. re: grampart
                                                                                            kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                            Ah! 10 years younger than my mom. :) I like math problems with words.

                                                                                            OOPS, 12 years. I forgot, math is not always my friend. HA HA!

                                                                          2. gaffk Apr 1, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                            Dave . . . thanks! I haven't laughed so much as I have reading the threads on the Banana board.

                                                                            1. susancinsf Apr 1, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                              yeah, yeah, yeah very cute, but did you have to pick the one food I absolutely refuse to eat?

                                                                              What would be wrong with a bacon board? Oh wait, never mind, I know the answer to that one: no one would take it as a joke, and you'd be forced to continue it!! (come to think of it, why the heck DON'T we have a bacon board?)

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                                                                                Gio Apr 1, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                                The whole site would tip to the left...

                                                                              2. c
                                                                                causeimhungry Apr 1, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                When I logged on, I just saw posts and posts of bananas and was so confused. Took me awhile to get in on the joke :/

                                                                                1. hyacinthgirl Apr 1, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                  One time I ate a banana. It was pretty good. Please recommend this review so others will take note.

                                                                                  1. kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                    How did I forget? I think my banana phone is ringing!

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                                                                                      Servorg Apr 1, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                      How about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMigXn... ?

                                                                                      1. re: Servorg
                                                                                        kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 01:02 PM


                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                          Servorg Apr 1, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                          And of course there is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MJLi5...

                                                                                          1. re: Servorg
                                                                                            HillJ Apr 1, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                            the scope bacon ad before the song...ha!

                                                                                            1. re: Servorg
                                                                                              kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                              The hits just keep on comin'! And the bacon Scope couldn't be more perfectly placed! HA!

                                                                                              Notice no one ever plays the name game with Chuck. ;)

                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                Veggo Apr 1, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                                                                Or Rich.

                                                                                      2. g
                                                                                        grangie angie Apr 1, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                        This site has truly gone bananas today...LOL!!!

                                                                                        1. p
                                                                                          Pincus Apr 1, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                                          What about plantains?!?! This is blatant banana-centrism.

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                                                                                            gaffk Apr 1, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                            The banana board has already proven to be very welcoming. It entertains topics on all banana varieties and even plantains.

                                                                                          2. Breadcrumbs Apr 1, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                            Would it be appropriate to discuss banana stickers on this thread or should I hold out for a separate board?

                                                                                            1. pagesinthesun Apr 1, 2013 02:11 PM


                                                                                              Shoot! I promised myself I wouldn't fall for any April Fools Day jokes today!

                                                                                              In honor of bananas, here is my favorite dancing banana!

                                                                                              1. cayjohan Apr 1, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                I love you, Chowhound, and all the fantastically witty smarta$$es who have run with this! Haven't laughed so hard in forever. A hefty dish of self-decrecating humor is what we all need from time to time. Best April 1st ever. Kudos.

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                                                                                                  grampart Apr 1, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                  +1 ;-)

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                                                                                                    gaffk Apr 1, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                    Have you not read the Banana Board? They do not foster the concept of +1. They will flay and cream you for that response.

                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk
                                                                                                      grampart Apr 1, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                      Why do you think I did it?

                                                                                                      1. re: grampart
                                                                                                        Servorg Apr 1, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                        Uh-oh, my predicted flambe war looks to be breaking out...

                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                          gaffk Apr 1, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                          I believe alcohol-fueled responses are responsible for many of the splits in these threads.

                                                                                                2. k
                                                                                                  Kalivs Apr 1, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                  Why do bananas wear pyjamas & why do they go down the stairs?

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                                                                                                    Gio Apr 1, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                    To get other other side and so the splinters wont hurt?

                                                                                                  2. cayjohan Apr 1, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                    (Can we, pretty-please-with-bananas-on-top, always have an ersatz topic board on Chowhound? It seems to allow for a lot of good-humored off-gassing that has sent my enjoyment of this site skyrocketing today.)

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                                                                                                    1. re: cayjohan
                                                                                                      kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                      Wouldn't it be nice? Couldn't agree with you more. I haven't had this much fun here in a LONG, LONG time.

                                                                                                      ETA: And I even LEARNED some things, too! :)

                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan
                                                                                                        Wahooty Apr 1, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                                        Absolutely. I would love it if the Bananas board would hang around, so that we all have a forum in which to snark/self-parodize to our little hearts' content.

                                                                                                      2. kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                        At the risk of stating the obvious, this was certainly a ripe topic for discussion today...

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                                                                                                          gaffk Apr 1, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                                                          Except for the green visitors

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                                                                                                            Servorg Apr 1, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                            That, (the image of green bananas) made me recall one of my two favorite news story captions of all time. This was in the LA Times, maybe 20 years ago and it read (exactly)

                                                                                                            "Angry Mob Forces Mayor to Eat Bananas"

                                                                                                            A group of folks in this little town in Mexico got angry at their mayor, and they grabbed him and forced him (by threat of physical violence if he didn't consume them) to down 8 lbs of mostly green bananas. Ouch!

                                                                                                            (My favorite caption ever was another LA Times story that caught my eye where I saw this: "Twelve Bystanders Shot in Ugandan Traffic Accident")

                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk
                                                                                                              cayjohan Apr 1, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                                              Oof. Newbie Bananas. <sigh> All the *Patience* required. <eyeroll> Best let them get bruised up a bit.

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                                                                                                                kattyeyes Apr 1, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                An otherwise wonderful bunch, however! ;) Goodnight and may sweet dreams be yours, my fellow bananaheads! This was the funnest (yup, I know, not a word) April Fool's EVAH!


                                                                                                                I'd like to give the world a banana... :)

                                                                                                          2. p
                                                                                                            poser Apr 1, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                            Makes as much sense as some of the other ridiculous threads.

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                                                                                                              jujuthomas Apr 1, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                              please, can we keep the banana board forever? i need this silliness in my life! such fun!

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                                                                                                                cayjohan Apr 1, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                Isn't it great? What a clever little bit of community-spirited plain-old-fun. Whatever Mods came up with this deserve a hearty high-five.

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                                                                                                                  gaffk Apr 1, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                  And maybe a bonus? I laughed all day.

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                                                                                                                    KrumTx Apr 1, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                    I laughed all day, too. Usually don't check CH from work but I couldn't resist the pull of bananapalooza. So many of the comments were laugh-out-loud hysterical, and the unexpected comic relief from a few brutal weeks at work was nice. Good night to my always-witty banana board lovers!

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                                                                                                                  jlhinwa Apr 1, 2013 10:29 PM

                                                                                                                  I agree...it was so nice to have a place to be goofy today. Dare I say, sometimes we CHers can take ourselves a bit seriously. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to laugh at ourselves and have an outlet for silliness.

                                                                                                                  Soooo much fun...thank you to whomever came up with this prank and all those who participated!

                                                                                                                3. sunshine842 Apr 1, 2013 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                  Major thanks to Dave MP for setting up all the fun, and to all you hounds for taking it and running with it.

                                                                                                                  Kept me giggling all day.

                                                                                                                  1. Dave MP Apr 2, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                    Hi everyone,

                                                                                                                    As many guessed, the Banana Category on Chowhound was an April Fool's joke. We're glad that everyone had a good time, and we really enjoyed reading the posts. Lots of good laughs, so thanks to everyone who participated!

                                                                                                                    Since it's now April 2nd, we're going to be removing the banana category. We're going to be keeping discussions that are seriously about food, and moving them to the appropriate category. Discussions that are complete jokes are going to be removed from the site, though if you'd like to have a copy of what you posted, you can either copy it today before it gets deleted, or email moderators@chowhound.com to ask for a copy of your post.

                                                                                                                    We're really glad that there's so much passion for bananas here, and thanks to everyone for making Chowhound such a great community!

                                                                                                                    Dave MP

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                                                                                                                      Gio Apr 2, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                      It was fun while it lasted, Dave.. thanks for the laugh!

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                                                                                                                        hyacinthgirl Apr 2, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                        It was probably my favorite thing I've ever contributed to Chowhound. I'll mourn its loss... :)

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                                                                                                                          pikawicca Apr 3, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                          Yours was a very good one!

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                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Apr 2, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                        Geez. I just got here 'cause I didn't see it posted elsewhere on CH yesterday! :-/ Oh well.

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                                                                                                                          grampart Apr 2, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                          It was really hard to miss! :-)

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                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Apr 2, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                            I wasn't going to any specific boards on 4/1, I guess. Just the posts I had recently participated on from my profile.

                                                                                                                            Oh well.

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                                                                                                                          alwayshungrygal Apr 2, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                          Oh please don't remove it! I haven't read all the posts yet and seriously, it's the best laugh I've had in a loooong time.

                                                                                                                          And to whoever thought of it, it's absolutely BRILLIANT!!!

                                                                                                                          Thanks for the giggles.

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                                                                                                                            KaimukiMan Apr 3, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                            can't wait to see what is found for next year. pies for throwing?

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