The Unfortunate Sex Life of the Banana

Originally posted on  24 August 2009  via • The Unfortunate Sex Life of the Banana • Damn Interesting.

 


A seed-packed wild musa (banana)

 

The humble banana almost seems like a miracle of nature. Colourful, nutritious, and much cherished by children, monkeys and clowns, it has a favoured position in the planet’s fruitbowls. The banana is vitally important in many regions of the tropics, where different parts of the plant are used for clothing, paper and tableware, and where the fruit itself is an essential dietary staple. People across the globe appreciate the soft, nourishing flesh, the snack-sized portions, and the easy-peel covering that conveniently changes colour to indicate ripeness. Individual fruit—or fingers—sit comfortably in the human hand, readily detached from their close-packed companions. Indeed, the banana appears almost purpose-designed for efficient human consumption and distribution. It is difficult to conceive of a more fortuitous fruit.

The banana, however, is a freakish and fragile genetic mutant; one that has survived through the centuries due to the sustained application of selective breeding by diligent humans. Indeed, the “miraculous” banana is far from being a no-strings-attached gift from nature. Its cheerful appearance hides a fatal flaw— one that threatens its proud place in the grocery basket. The banana’s problem can be summed up in a single word: sex.

The banana plant is a hybrid, originating from the mismatched pairing of two South Asian wild plant species: Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. Between these two products of nature, the former produces unpalatable fruit flesh, and the latter is far too seedy for enjoyable consumption. Nonetheless, these closely related plants occasionally cross-pollinate and spawn seedlings which grow into sterile, half-breed banana plants. Some ten thousand years ago, early human experimenters noted that some of these hybridized Musa bore unexpectedly tasty, seedless fruit with an unheard-of yellowness and inexplicably amusing shape. They also proved an excellent source of carbohydrates and other important nutrients.

 


Woman Has Orgasm Eating Junk Food

A Colorado woman has ballooned to 490 pounds because eating junk food gives her an ­orgasm.

Gabi Jones, 25, who has a rare ­condition called persistent genital arousal ­disorder, gorges on high-calorie treats like ice cream and cakes until she has a climax.

The 48DDD blonde experienced her first food orgasm in her late teens at an ice cream parlor called Wickedy Splits.

She said: “I loved the velvety texture of ice cream on my tongue. Then one day as I was tucking in I felt a tingle starting down below.”

“The pressure kept building until ­suddenly it swept through my body. I felt light-headed and flushed.”

“I was stunned, but in no doubt of what had happened.”

“My friends thought I was making it up. But from then on, every time I tucked into rich, creamy desserts the trembling and tingling began.”

“I went out and bought an ice-cream maker and soon I had knee-trembling ­orgasms whenever I wanted.”

Gabi, from Denver, Colorado,  tipped the scales at 275 pounds in her ­early 20s, then ballooned by 210 pounds over the last five years.

But instead of feeling bad about herself, she decided to profit from her affliction by ­setting up the website gaininggabi.com, on which punters pay US$20 a month to watch her scoff herself to orgasm.

Gabi, who loves hiking and swimming, added: “It really annoys me when people say: ‘You’re so unhealthy and fat.’

“I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I’ve never done drugs. I am fat, fit and healthy.

“I won’t stop what I do until the world recognizes that fat is fabulous.”

Source: Daily Star, UK


Naked Sledging – Saved By A Horse : Quirky,Odd,Strange,Weird News Picks : AFO Online Radio | aforadio.com

Crowds flock to naked sledging event

 

Competitors have been baring nearly all in the snow in Germany for the naked sledging world championships.

Dozens of topless sledgers took part in the event in Braunlage, in front of a record crowd of more than 17,000 spectators.

With only crash helmets to protect their heads and briefs to protect their modesty, teams of male and female sledgers fought it out in the team event, won this year by three workers from a local hotel.

“It’s a very closely fought contest which is good for us because we’re all very keen on studying the photo finishes,” said one judge.

Naked racers sledged down a 90 metre long iced snowy piste battling it out for the prize of £1,000 as well as the title of Naked Sledging World Champion.

Race organiser Tobias Wannemaker said: “This year attracted more people than ever. The naked sledgers definitely got things hotting up, even in such cold conditions.

“Over 400 people applied for a place in the third annual race but we could only select 30.

“We had people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It made for an interesting selection. Next year we hope we can select more people,” he said.

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Spots on Tut’s Tomb Suggest Burial Was Rushed | King Tut’s Burial, Tomb & Microbes | via LiveScience

 

Mysterious Spots on King Tut’s Tomb Suggest Hasty Burial

Photo of a wall in Tutankhamen's tomb, taken in February 2009. CREDIT: Robert Jensen | J. Paul Getty Trust

Photo of a wall in Tutankhamen’s tomb, taken in February 2009.
CREDIT: Robert Jensen | J. Paul Getty Trust 


Mysterious brown spots covering the surfaces of King Tut’s tomb have long puzzled scientists trying to identify them. Now a new study reveals ancient Egyptian microbes left these blemishes.

The spots offer insight not only into the boy king’s death, but also into the haste of his burial, according to researcher Ralph Mitchell, an expert in cultural heritage microbiology at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

When the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities asked the Getty Conservation Institute to investigate whether the spots signaled the tomb’s deterioration, they turned to Mitchell. Combining classical microbiology with DNA analysis, he studied the mysterious dark spots that have seeped into the tomb’s paint and plaster.

Original Article by:  Remy Melina, LiveScience Staff WriterDate: 09 June 2011 Time: 01:49 PM ET

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