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Banana Fungus? How Gross? Banana SHORTAGE? What Am I Going To Do … This Could Be The Straw …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge


I check ‘Market Watch’ around 1 a.m every night, kind of the last thing I do, before going to bed to see what I can expect from the markets in the morn. Saw this at 1 a.m. this morning and thought I was hallucinating. How could this be. So, I had to do a Google to make sure. Click to access ‘Market Watch’ original …


Google it. Plenty of other articles. This is from ‘Huff Post’. Click to access.

This is VERY SERIOUS for me.

A daily banana is a part of my diet — through which I have now lost 30 pounds in 11 months.

Actually as part of my ‘stomach healthy‘ routine I have been eating bananas (near daily), eating yogurt daily and taking Metamucil without fail (as if my life depended on it) for over a decade.

Bananas, both the yellow and green kinds, grow wild in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). I didn’t eat bananas when I lived in Ceylon. I didn’t eat ANY vegetables and fruits during those first 14 years (bar one week) of my life in Ceylon. I lived on rice, eggs, meat, Seer fish (and just Seer fish), hoppers, lentils, curried potatoes (sometimes), cakes, puddings, sweets, short-eats and chocolates. We didn’t have apples and grapes. I would eat apples and grapes when we could occasionally get some from a passing steamer. No vegetables. No other fruit. As far as my adoptive grandmother was concerned, and she is who brought me up, I was on a good healthy diet. 

This is why doctors laugh out loud when they see me and even more so when they see my blood reports. Hey, it was good life.

I used to like to chop down banana trees. Trust me it is very satisfying to whack one down, with one blow, of a sharp blade. But, they would GROW BACK — within days. So it wasn’t that destructive … and I think you had to chop them down after they had produced fruit. They grew wild all around the house.

But … now …

IF there is a banana shortage in the U.S. it might become the last straw …

I might have to go back to Ceylon just so I can have my daily banana. Sod the daily bread. Haven’t touched even a 1/4 slice of bread in 11 months.

“Give us this day our daily banana …”

NH’s Dean Kamen, The Inventor Of The Segway, Creates High-Tech Bulimia Aid For The Obese.


Anura Guruge

This is still early January, so this is NOT an April 1st joke.
This, alas, is real.

There is no question that Dean Kamen is very clever and a good person at heart. Yes, he has done much to encourage children to explore science and pursue invention. Knowing a bit about his career I also know that his early inventions, which were very successful and made him very rich, were all in the medical field — mainly to do with drug delivery into the body. He was working on a better wheel-chair when he stumbled upon the Segway idea. But, I think this device which enables people to overeat and then have the food sucked out is beyond the pale.

I struggle with my weight and have for most of my life. That said, I do have issues with those that are obese because they eat and drink too much and exercise little. This device, which is not meant as a medical device per se, just feeds into the gluttony. Yes, there will be those that love it. I can see them waddling into Chinese buffets with their bulimia machine in a little bag. It will be the end of Chinese buffets! They will go out of business. These folks, with this machine, could eat non-stop!

This is not funny. Dean you can do better than this.

Google it. Search on ‘Dean Kamen’. The best coverage, as ever, with the graphic pictures, will be found in the British tabloids, such as my all time favorite the Daily Mail. Here is the Daily Mail story.