Just look at this awesome banana peeler.


69 Responses to “Just look at this awesome banana peeler.”

  1. jimh says:

    “Keep one in your desk at work and one in your kitchen for when it’s time to make banana bread.”

  2. Fred H says:

    I say keep going!

  3. Ratdog says:

    I just hope you can continue this “genre”. But are there many more Banana utensils out there?

  4. Ratdog says:

    Consequently, my banana consumption has increased since you started posting about them.

    • dculberson says:

      Same here, but I think it’s coincidental. I just hadn’t been to the store in a couple weeks so didn’t have any bananas around. Now I have them and can eat one while just looking at banana gadgets!

  5. Mr. Necktie says:

    Cory Doctorow appears to have completely lost his mind.

  6. Egypt Urnash says:

    Part five of a meditation on consumerism.

  7. Deidzoeb says:

    I like the catchphrase. If you bought one of these gadgets or used one, you’d be going too far, because the declaration is you should “Just look at it.”

  8. dancentury says:

    Keep it away from my pee pee!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Obviously hasn’t seen how to peel a banana like a monkey


  10. kimnbri says:

    Have we run out of actual humor? Just look at this lame running gag….snore! Please someone; find something else that does something else to something else!!!!

  11. adamnvillani says:


  12. Anonymous says:

    Funny stuff, but “just look at it”, indeed –it makes me sad to think how much useless plastic junk ends up in a landfill because we bought some whizbang new thing that does something cool, only to find that it’s utterly useless, so we throw it out.

  13. MiltonPppe says:

    Just look at this awesome banana slug.


    Just look at it.

  14. pendraphen says:

    Bananas come in their own packaging, with their own little pull-tab; how lazy have we become that we need some gadget (and more than one of them, judging from the recent flood of topics on the devices) to peel a banana?

  15. aiden says:

    You are making me sick of this fruit, you could say I am going bananas.

    Just look at this awesome banana Product SPAM!:

  16. Suburbancowboy says:

    I can’t find it. How am I supposed to eat this banana, if I can’t find my damn banana peeler?

    Seriously, why would anyone need a device to peel a banana? A fruit which is known for its incredible convenience for eating. Down with unitaskers.

  17. darue says:

    Once bananas had become widely popular, the companies kept costs low by exercising iron-fisted control over the Latin American countries where the fruit was grown. Workers could not be allowed such basic rights as health care, decent wages or the right to congregate. (In 1929, Colombian troops shot down banana workers and their families who were gathered in a town square after church.) Governments could not be anything but utterly pliable. Over and over, banana companies, aided by the American military, intervened whenever there was a chance that any “banana republic” might end its cooperation. (In 1954, United Fruit helped arrange the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Guatemala.) Labor is still cheap in these countries, and growers still resort to heavy-handed tactics.

  18. middleclass says:

    Poll time: from which end do you peel a banana (assuming Cory has not sold you a device to do so)? I used to be a pull-tabber but have since learned to do it the other way.

    • adamnvillani says:

      I bite it on the end that it is not attached to the rest of the plant with. The big “pull tab” instead becomes a handy handle to hold the rest of the fruit with.

      If Cory could find a device that could make this forced banana meme funny, that would be really impressive. As it is, it’s just haha banana devices haha ukuleles haha long horse haha this is just tiresome.

      • mdh says:

        If Cory could find a device that could make this forced banana meme funny, that would be really impressive.

        Look around. Pat yourself on the back. We are that device. Now be funny.

  19. Anonymous says:

    hahaha! made me think of this :) http://www.fabrica.it/lab/how-open-a-banana

  20. simonbarsinister says:

    I’m going to have to invoke Rule 34 on this one:


  21. Anonymous says:

    Just what civilization needed. Imagine the sheer NUMBER OF MAN-HOURS that will be saved by this device! Because everyone knows bananas are the hardest-to-peel fruits out there. Now we can use ALL THAT FREE TIME to find a cure for cancer, perhaps. If youre not SURE this is for you, you can always try the simulator first.

  22. Sork says:

    This is why we have finger nails.

  23. LYNDON says:

    Firstly: Ouch.

    Secondly: Cory, your work is done – Bananas weathering economic crisis, UN agricultural agency says

  24. Hokkaido Hillbilly says:

    I had this set of frakkin’ AWESOME banana walkie talkies when I was a kid.


    Just look at them!

  25. Zippy Gonzales says:

    I’ve been biting my tongue on the banana trope for a while. I once picked bananas in Australia. It put me off the bent yellow buggers ever since. Pardon the self-linking, but the public have a right to know where bananas come from:


    And I haven’t even mentioned the huge hormone needle they stick in the bell of the sucker to boost the crop. There’s a whole sequel to Food Inc in that story.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      the public have a right to know where bananas come from

      Where I live, they come from down by the pool, between the tangerines and the lemons.

  26. erzatsen says:

    are we such a decadent society that we really need a piece of injection-molded plastic just so we don’t have to – what? dirty our fingers? toolessly peel?
    use that banana peeler god gave you at the end of your arm!

    no wonder the rest of the world hates us.

  27. Rick. says:

    I’m enjoying every banana post I’ve seen. Boing Boing!

  28. alowishus says:


  29. WalterBillington says:

    Look at this Nokia N900. Just look at it.

  30. monkey says:

    that’s not even a real banana in the photo!

  31. Heartfruit says:

    Is it my imagination or is that Banana Peeler being demo’d on a plastic banana. No wonder they were having trouble peeling it.

  32. abfo says:

    Enough with the banana gadgets! Could anything be easier to peel than a banana? How often do you eat less than one banana and find yourself needing to store the left-overs?

    • siliconsunset says:

      The whole reason he’s doing this, I believe, is because people questioned his first banana post. I very much sense a “this is my blog and if you question the banana, banana I shall post.” thing going on here. So keep it up.

  33. HotPepperMan says:

    Now that the originals are all off making their filthy lucre in order to be able to buy bananas, I feel that BB is starting to lose its voice. It is a bit like when you just know a bar is going to close because they start doing karaoke. We have the occasional terrible three pop up with some original stuff that is then strained beyond belief while every couple of weeks the voice alters. For me I am starting to get my internet fixes from elsewhere that is not stuck in the ‘memes are funny’ gig.

    So, we get a unicorn with bananas on its horn being ridden by a squid like monster wearing steampunk armour chasing a kitten going ‘We haz bananaz’. Move along now, nothing to see here…

  34. livingdots says:

    Still funny. Now it’s even a bit of a cliff-hanger, “What will Cory find next?”

  35. lennyd44 says:

    If I see any more of these banana posts, I’d go banana!

  36. mdh says:

    oooooh, ahhhhh.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Proof that Invention is the Mother of Necessity.

  38. ahaley says:

    Cory’s banana obsession is starting to FREAK ME OUT!!

  39. Moriarty says:

    All of these gadgets are missing USB cables.

  40. BDiamond says:

    Did someone say steampunk banana?


    Studded for your pleasure.

  41. BDiamond says:

    Or perhaps you’d prefer…

    Just look at it.

  42. BDiamond says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this.

    Yes, it’s related, just keep reading. Just look at it.

  43. BDiamond says:

    And I’m spent.

  44. Rob Cruickshank says:

    i keep hearing about a coming revolution in nana technology. I guess it’s here.

  45. Corvinus says:

    I hope you all realize these postings are a preview the new site: Boing Boing Bananas.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Not gonna lie — I find the banana meme, and all the headscratching about it, hilarious.

  47. george57l says:

    (In another part of the boingBoing jungle)
    Question 2. Bananas cost $6 apiece, except for members of the banana club, who pay $2 apiece.

    * Given full knowledge of Thomas’s preferences, explain how you’d compute his willingness to pay for a membership in the banana club.
    * Given knowledge only of Thomas’s demand curve for bananas, explain how you’d estimate his willingness to pay for a membership in the banana club.
    * Under what circumstances is your estimate an overestimate? Under what circumstances is it an underestimate?

  48. TheAntipodean says:

    The endless look at my banana prank…


  49. Guesstimate Jones says:

    Again, we are presented with evidence of humanity’s de-evolution…the apes are laughing at us!

  50. johnocomedy says:

    keep up this shameless promotion of the banana, BoingBoing, and you can kiss your cavendish goodbye


  51. neuromodder says:

    I really must applaud you for finding and sharing so many banana related gadgets. I look forward to the steampunk banana gadget. Seriously, if someone could pull that off it would be truly amazing.

  52. Anonymous says:


  53. Axx says:

    I’m guessing this is aimed at a demographic different from that which buys the banana peeling simulator?

  54. caffeine addict says:

    “Surely my favourite purveyor of KitchenPorn will have a banana gadget”, I thought. “They wouldn’t let me down”.


    Yes, they had one. But, yes, they let me down too…

  55. jrustenhoven says:

    if bananas are the work of god, who’s behind this nsaty red banana?


  56. Anonymous says:

    Just look at this humorless manchild

    Just look at it

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