By Cory Doctorow at 5:35 pm Mon, Jan 28, 2013
Just look at them.
Jun Gil Park
Can someone explain the “just look at this [banana object]” and why it’s supposed to be funny?
It’s the world’s longest performance of a variation on the quintessential knock-knock joke.
Months from now, after countless iterations, Cory will post a picture of an orange.
Although also don’t underestimate the semiotic significance of the banana – in all its many and varied guises.
Watching ‘Drunken Master’ with Jackie Chan last night (as in, he acted in it, not that he accepted my invitation to pizza on the sofa and a movie), I noted a scene where I’m pretty sure on my fuzzy screen he used two bananas as hand-weapons. Cool.
It’s not like Cory chose the boring aubergine. Bananas are incredible, just read the wikipedia entry and follow some links, like I did after a number of “just look at it” postings. Wars, laws, love, disaster, hunger, extinction, disease and pestilence – it’s all in there, once you peel back the skin.
Yet the multi-cultural lampooning of the banana carries on, but is underlined by a recognition of its significance and importance – used in jokes worldwide, I’ve never actually witnessed the banana being disrespected.
So a banana isn’t just a banana. I think Cory is on a mission to get this across to us, and we’re all somewhat slow on the uptake.
Don’t mock the good old mad apple for its modesty, mate.
Who said it was supposed to be funny? That’s the last thought that would come to my mind. Simpson penis envy maybe (go yellow!), but not funny.
Wow, Lt. Commander Data on Boing Boing? It’s an honor to meet you, sir.
No. You get or you don’t. It’s a meme. That is all.
I don’t think that word means what you think it means.
You could always do some boingboing research. You know like click a few keys…
Because Cory’s headstone will read, “MADE YOU LOOK”
We’re practising our imperatives.
Next we will be doing subjunctives.
What would…, were this (tattooed, etc.) banana…?
Your name caused me to look at my fingers.
I just looked at them. I don’t have any lunulas.
What does that mean?
My guess is that Cory made a wager about a year ago that he could create a meme on purpose. I sense near lift off for this one. The test is probably to see if it shows up on 4chan.
Since it’s been going on for at least three years, you’d be wrong.
I see this is a banana tattoo of the Dread Lord Cthulhu wearing a beret. I approve.
Cthulhu’s looking svelte. The price of souls must have gone up again.
He cut out carbs – it’s just souls now.
There I was, thinking Hipster Ood, and approving.
Ah, so the colour out of space is yellow.
The Cavendish Horror?
At the Mountains of Musa?
The Peel on the Doorstep?
The Daiquiri of Unknown Kadath.
The epitome of ephemeral.
Ephemera is sooo 2012.
is that the cover of buena vista social club?
It is, and now I’m going to hear “Chan Chan” in my head every time I eat a banana. Thanks, Cory.
Just came here to mention that. You beat me to it.
Joke fall into categories – for instance there are banana jokes, and then there are tattooed penis jokes. But a tattooed banana joke threatens to rip a hole in fabric of reality.
Welcome to Banana Land; have a nice day.
Have a banana!
See, this is why we need a unified banana theory.
Just laugh at it.
You know what? Just this once, I’m not gonna look at it. (I’m a little scared).
Just look at it!
I’m looking at it as hard as I’ve ever looked at it before.
You keep using that word “banana.” I do not think it means what you think it means.
Needs something to help determine scale…
Lol, that tattoo is going to look like hell in a few years, and good luck when he try’s to find a job.
Creativity at its best.
Is that a tattoo on your banana or are you just happy to see me?
Is it Usama-Bin-Ladin tato on your banana lolzzz
The impermanence of it is one of the most striking parts. I mean, how long can it last?
That guy should have his banana bronzed.
Sounds like a great come on line:
Want to come up to my place and see my tatrooed banana?
I stand firmly in favor of artists taking the time to practice before their appearances on Ink Master, for a change.
I’M IN YR BUNCHEZ, INKIN’ YR NANNERZ.
Banana Vista Social Club?
This is pretty cool
Mail (will not be published) (required)
art, bananas, just look at it, not food
Submit a tip
The rules you agree to by using this website.
Who will be eaten first?
Jason Weisberger, Publisher
Ken Snider, Sysadmin