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Bananas are a hugely popular yet unknown fruit. Here are some curious facts about this bizarre and delicious fruit.
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    Bananas are a human invention

    Bananas as we know them are a human invention from like, 5000 B.C. Because people are picky eaters and don't like seeds. So they made hybrids until they got away with the seeds. There are still tiny little seeds in banana, but they don't work.

    Look how bananas are in the wild. Weird. Ew.

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    The banana tree is not a tree

    It's true! It's just a sneaky herb posing as a tree. A huge herb. Trying to be a palm tree.

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    The banana tree bears fruit once and then dies

    The banana tree or herb bears only one bunch of bananas and then dies. Luckily, it shoots a new "eye" (a baby plant) before dying. This cycle lasts for about ten years, and then that particular organism dies.

    Here's the banana flower. It's edible too.

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    Bananas are at risk of extinction

    Because of the two items above (man-made seedless fruit, herb thing), plus the plantation type of agriculture (lack of variety = genetic weakness) the super popular Cavendish bananas are constantly at risk. One aggressive bug or disease, and bananas would be extinct. In fact, the Cavendish banana we eat nowadays —which is at high risk of extinction— is a replacement for the virtually identical banana Gros Michel that went the way of the dodo in the 1960s.

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    Bananas are great for hangover

    Bananas are awesome cures for hangover! That's because, like Coke (the soda, smart ass), they're rich in potassium. Eat one before bed or just after waking up (and going back to bed).

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