Just look at this awesome Korean banana-ripening facility.

Just look at it.

Advanced Ripening Technologies



  1. I dunno, I don’t think banana-ripening is as fun and wonky as all the other banana-related items. I think it’s a serious and interesting subject.
    In fact, fruit-ripening is an important part of the fruit distribution chain.

    Did you know that ripening happens under the influence of a plant hormone that’s actually simple ethylene, and that a grandmother’s trick to hasten the ripening of other fruit is to place them next to bananas which produce lots of the stuff?

  2. ok, this is my take. A banana is the most perfect, beautiful item of food that requires nothing else. Its self-containment is sublime.

    Any society that industrializes and manipulates such perfection, and then tells people they need a whole bunch of plastic gizmos to use such thing, is fundamentally sick. I think this banana series is brilliant. Just look at it.

    1. I totally thought this had jumped the shark too, until I read the post by calamity jane. She has it right on

      Either that, or Cory is just getting a kick out of winding us all up now.

      Either way.

  3. I was at the supermarket yesterday and couldn’t leave without buying a banana. Damn you and your Jedi-like powers of suggestion, Cory Doctorow, damn you!

  4. I think we need to start running bets on how long he can keep this up.

    I for one welcome our banana overlords.

  5. That’s it, I can’t take any more. I’ll be back once Cory gets over his current phallic interests.

    It was only funny once.

    SOrt of.

  6. Bananas need a ripening facility? Maybe I should start renting out my kitchen countertop to the Koreans. Bananas have been known to go from green to spotty brown there overnight!

  7. I live in Korea.

    I cannot find green bananas anywhere.

    I can get 12 for 2000 won.

    What does a single guy do with 12 yellow bananas?

  8. You’re kidding, right? Every produce warehouse in the developed world has gas (ethylene) closets for ripening bananas. Every. One.

  9. again with the phallusy of bananas? where fort art thou going with this? uni-taskers are the debul! yea verily.

  10. these cory bananas are making me happy every day.

    i dont want to just look at it. i want to just eat it. blindfolded.

  11. $5 says that sooner or later, he’s going to post something with the punchline “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana again?!”

  12. I don’t care if it’s a ‘forced meme’…. Boing Boing has never had one of those in the time of my readership, so, it’s just something new under the sun.

    If you don’t like it, don’t comment on it, PLEASE… Leave this place sacred for the banana-fetishists.

    I’ve had the wonderful experience of putting some green peppers next to a bunch of bananas in my fruit basket at home and seeing the peppers actually ripen. I didn’t even know that was possible.

  13. Yeah, I figured you’d run out of ridiculous labor-saving banana-related devices. I think it would be funnier if you started in on other ridiculous fruit-related labor-saving devices, rather than expanding further into banana-related territory.

  14. You can’t expect thoroughly modern happy mutants to actually wait for bananas to ripen naturally, then peel, slice and consume them, without employing ALL of the frightening technology available to us, can you? That would mean we are simply no better than the lower primates. Are we not men?

  15. I think it’s time for Cory or someone to publish a book on this theme. called “The Banana: Just Look at It”

  16. I have to say, the “open the banana from the other side” trick doesn’t work. I get the same number of strings and I have to deal with the nubbin at the end more immediately. Normally I just nom the bottom out while pinching the bottom of the peel, keeping the nubbin in place. But I got the same number of stringies (which I fix by simply pressing them into the interior of the peel) both ways.

  17. ♬ Oh Chiquita you will never know, anything about my home..
    ♬ I’ll never know how good it feels to hold you..
    ♬ Chiquita I need you sooo..

  18. “I have to say, the “open the banana from the other side” trick doesn’t work for me


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