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Frances
12932.  Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:39 am Reply with quote

Has anybody mentioned that bananas walk? The stems fruit, and die back, while another stem grows up from slightly along the roots; so over a period of a few years a 'tree' may travel a couple of yards. Mind you, it's not fast enough to keep away from hunting snails.

 
Alice
12940.  Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:54 am Reply with quote

I'm sure they have. They shoot out from things called suckers which create a whole new plant

 
Flash
12946.  Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:16 am Reply with quote

There was a road sign near here recently which said "Caution - Heavy Plant Crossing". Is this what they were talking about?

 
Alice
12949.  Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:26 am Reply with quote

Ha Ha

 
Massingberd
13004.  Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:20 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
They shoot out from things called suckers


I think I had a video of that when I was 17.

<ahem>

 
Mr Grue
13035.  Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:46 am Reply with quote

Frances wrote:
Has anybody mentioned that bananas walk?


Sean Locke, to much scoffing from Fry et al, mentioned this in his appearance on the show in series 1, but managed to get it confirmed by the end of the filming. He mentioned that on plantations, the banana trees have to be given loads of space to between them in order to allow them to wander.

I don't believe they communicate by clicking, though.

 
Cleverina Clogs
13383.  Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:35 am Reply with quote

bananas don't actually walk though! big silies the lot of you ;o)

 
hattielittle
13384.  Mon Jan 10, 2005 11:04 am Reply with quote

cleverina clogs in right

Walk is to travel on foot unless bananas grow feet then they do not walk (it would be very difficult finding shoes if they did or socks for that matter)

 
Flash
13409.  Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:54 pm Reply with quote

If you're a furniture mover you might "walk" a chest of drawers, ie move it one corner at a time. This is using the word "walk" to mean "do something which is analogous to walking", which seems to me to cover what the banana does.

The more interesting question is what would happen if a walking banana plant came to a banana skin carelessly discarded on the path.

 
Natalie
13411.  Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:59 pm Reply with quote

Probably have a funeral, thinking one of its mates was dead.

 
Beehive
13424.  Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:44 pm Reply with quote

Bananas are used by some (can get a reference if you like) as a proof that God exists, because they appear to be perfectly adapted for human consumption.

 
Natalie
13425.  Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:54 pm Reply with quote

Why's that? Becuse they go straight into your mouth? Does that mean carrots are aswell?

 
Flash
13474.  Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:50 pm Reply with quote

No, I see what they mean. The wrapping is perfect: tamper proof, easy to open, tells you by its appearance when the "best before" date has been passed, ergonomically perfect, distinctively shaped, works well as a single banana but fits together well as any pack number up to 6 or so, biodegradable, attractively coloured, and can be used as an excellent and traditional joke when you're finished with it.

 
hattielittle
13476.  Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:56 pm Reply with quote

Sorry have I Iíve just clicked onto an advert for a banana

 
Cleverina Clogs
13509.  Tue Jan 11, 2005 10:16 am Reply with quote

yes, buy bananas today!

Bananas make nice milkshakes too... bung milk and banana in a blender and blitz for a few minutes - great stuff!

 

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