Non-slip bananas?

@owlwings (39996)
Cambridge, England
April 1, 2012 4:46am CST
J Sainsbury are, reportedly, the first people in the world to have developed the 'non-slip banana': http://j-sainsbury.co.uk/media/latest-stories/2012/20120401-No-slip-ups-as-Sainsburys-introduces-worlds-first-non-slip-banana/ Over 300 banana related injuries are reported each year in the UK, mainly caused by slipping on skins. Sainsbury's hope to reduce this number drastically by treating their bananas with a special technique which removes the slipperiness from the skins but leaves the banana tasting just as yummy. They say nothing about whether this process will increase the cost of bananas, however. Do you think that the cost of bananas is already too high? ** This discussion will self-destruct at midday on April 1st 2012 **
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@GreenMoo (11842)
1 Apr 12
There's so much unnecessary 'development' of food that this didn't strike me as at all unusual at first. I'd forgotten it was 1st April.
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@owlwings (39996)
• Cambridge, England
1 Apr 12
@mysdianait (64148)
• Italy
1 Apr 12
Another case of 'if it aint broke ...' Some of us had no problems at all with the slippery skins and will have to find an alternative
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@topffer (36614)
• Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 Apr 12
Not difficult : anti-slip bananas are only marketed on April 1st.
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@mysdianait (64148)
• Italy
1 Apr 12
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• United States
2 Apr 12
I suppose that you could always add lubricant to the banana to make it slippery again.
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@topffer (36614)
• Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 Apr 12
Nice discovery for fool's day. Sometimes, reality is unbelievable, including for fruits and vegetables : I have a friend who has been paid by a group of producers to discover a treatment for carrots skin to keep them longer red/orange, because costumers don't want to buy old carrots with a skin darkening. Now they look young in supermarkets, due to the oilskin my friend created.
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@mysdianait (64148)
• Italy
1 Apr 12
Nothing wrong with old carrots, just as long as they don't go floppy too
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@owlwings (39996)
• Cambridge, England
1 Apr 12
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• United States
2 Apr 12
ROTFLMAO! Yes indeed, looking young is not enough ... we need to make sure that every aspect is as fresh and firm as well, but I believe they already have products for just this purpose.
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• United States
2 Apr 12
I think that slippery banana skins are just fine as long as one takes the proper precautions when handling said banana skin, and I do not think any special treatment is necessary. However, if one did need to make sure it was not slippery, wouldn't treating the skin with talc powder after it is peeled be just as effective, more cost efficient and a far less "globally invasive" procedure?
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@topffer (36614)
• Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 Apr 12
I am surprised : I was thinking that you were not against slippery subjects.
• United States
2 Apr 12
I am not against slippery subjects, especially if one takes proper precautions when handling the slippery items or engaging in the slippery activities. I was merely suggesting an alternative for people that cannot seem to handle those sorts of things ... or those that might find them offensive for some reason ... without imposing their "sensibilities" on everyone else that can handle them properly.
@owlwings (39996)
• Cambridge, England
2 Apr 12
Oh yes, PA! I can just see people carrying a little tin of talc with them so they could carefully powder the skin before throwing in carelessly on the sidewalk! Wouldn't that be a delightful episode in a Pythonesque mock Public Information film! @ topffer: Try searching for 'banana skin lubrication'. I got some surprising and revealing results which are too 'adult' to post here! (Who decided to call it 'adult' and 'mature content' definition? Much of it is not what I'd exactly call 'mature'! )
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@Olleenz (3400)
• Indonesia
1 Apr 12
Hmmm .... people in UK had problem to eat banana ... Okay ..... I can live with that, I'm not UK citizen
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@owlwings (39996)
• Cambridge, England
1 Apr 12
We don't have a problem eating them, Olleenz ... just walking on them.
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@Olleenz (3400)
• Indonesia
1 Apr 12
I can understand that ..... problem after eating, I think ....
• United States
2 Apr 12
Apparently people in the UK just haven't realized that bananas are for eating rather than for walking.
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@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
15 Apr 12
Oh my gosh this is too funny. I was about to say why can't they just get people to dispose of the peels in the trash and then I saw the April fools thing. That is really funny. It is not April fools day any more so I was not even expecting that. So I have to give you a thumbs up , for tricking me and making me laugh.
@owlwings (39996)
• Cambridge, England
15 Apr 12
Somewhere in the world it's always breakfast time/lunch/teatime ... why can't it always be April 1st somewhere?
@celticeagle (121005)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Apr 12
Pretty cute! I oculdn't think of a blessed thing to do for today. I love bananas! Bananas, vanilla wafer and banana pudding layered is my very favorite. Non-slip or otherwise is fine by me. I think bananas are expensive enough. Not too bad. BUt most food is now days. Hope you had a good day.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
2 Apr 12
A better solution would be enforce the anti-litter law (assuming they have such a law). FYI, At 39 cents per pound, bananas are the cheapest fruit available at our local grocer.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
1 Apr 12
I really would not have thought much about the slipping on a banana skin as a large concern. But being an elderly lady, I have to support anything that can help me keep upright on my own two feet. Thanks
@BarBaraPrz (21327)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Apr 12
Yes, it's the First of April -- my brother's birthday (no foolin').
• China
1 Apr 12
What an interesting news!However I doubt if it is worth the trouble and think the problem that we must settle once and for all is how to put an end to throwing bananas skin or something else about.When it comes to getting people slip up,watermelon peel goes even farther than bananas skin.Must someone develop the non-slip watermelon?