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Taboo Bananas

by Lucie Winborne

  • In 2009, six geologists were convicted of manslaughter for failing to predict a deadly earthquake in Italy. Though exonerated, they faced high levels of shame from the general public afterward.
  • Compared to average shoppers, chefs are more likely to buy generic store brands for sugar, baking soda, and other common kitchen staples.
  • Measles can deplete previously acquired immune memory for up to two years in adults.
  • The state of Texas keeps a database of more than 500 executed inmates’ last words, going back to the 1980s.
  • Ever been annoyed by the decibel level of a rooster’s morning wake-up call? When the birds crow, they lean their heads back, covering their ear canal, which acts as an earplug to protect themselves from being deafened by their own vocalizations.
  • Lacrosse descends from a version played by Native Americans in the 17th century. Matches could last several days with as many as 1,000 players per team, on a field with goals up to six miles apart. Game sticks were so treasured that they were often buried with the athletes after death.
  • Thomas Edison attempted to create ghost-hunting equipment, and an assistant died while testing it.
  • You can buy a room on a cruise ship and live on board for an annual fee.
  • In the 1800s, bananas were seen by some as an immoral fruit, due to their shape. Fruit companies combatted this perception by issuing postcards of women eating bananas to advertise that they weren’t taboo.


Thought For The Day: Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.
—Jodi Picoult