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June 5th, 2018: Things You Didn't Need to Know

Timmy loves bananas!

The future may have no bananas

Ah, bananas. You can tally them. You can feed them to monkeys. You can fling the peels at your frenemies in Mario Kart. And they are high in potassium! On this day in 1876, American visitors to the World's Fair in Philadelphia were introduced en masse to the banana, but probably not the Cavendish bananas we're used to today. In the wild, bananas have huge seeds and very little fruit so farmers cultivate them for the opposite. That means they're clones - genetically identical - which never ends well. The Gros Michel, higher in isoamyl acetate, was wiped out by disease, only to be replaced by Banana 2.0, which we eat today. Meanwhile, the pathogen has been quietly evolving. How much longer can the cultivated banana exist? Timmy's going to buy them all up, just in case. And also maybe invest in Bananacoin...

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