A few of you are already thinking, "Bullshit, bananas are fine! This is just the latest government scam, like global warming or taxes!" And many more of you are quite reasonably skeptical, because on the surface it sounds ridiculous. Bananas are a staple food -- how could they just get sick and leave us when we thought we'd have them forever, like our childhood puppy all over again?
Well, the Irish Potato Famine, which killed about a million people, was caused by a blight that ran unchecked. And we all know how the people of Interstellar had their crops devastated by disease. And when it comes to bananas, this exact scenario has happened before. Take a look at this freaky thing:
"Short and thick does the trick!"
That's a Gros Michel banana, and that's probably the only banana your grandparents ate growing up. From around 1900 to the mid-'50s, Gros Michel (aka Big Mike, because we used to name fruit like frat bros) was the banana in America. Here's actress Carmen Miranda wearing them:
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