Sunday, 21 March 2010

Lost Skills

Somewhere along the evolutionary path from proto-simian through hominid, something got lost. A skill possibly instinctive, but most likely cultural. Taught from generation to generation, "Monkey See, Monkey Do".

Now, though it's taken awhile, a network of interlinked computers spanning the planet is propagating this rediscovered knowledge.



How to peel a banana, properly.

Human see, Human do. It is our way to propagate knowledge through prosthetic memory though, be it cuneiform tablet or Internet video. It's our style, what we as a species, do.

Yes, I've tried it. The only bit that gets squished is the fibrous black bit on the end that no-one eats anyway, and the stalk provides a convenient handle. Be warned though, the end bit isn't anchored firmly to the skin, so the whole banana slips out rather easily if you're not careful and peel too far.

3 comments:

Anonymous T-Girl said...

Step 2:

Eat it 'upside down' in front of a boyfriend to provoke a moment together.

It works. Scientifically, i'm sure.

Zoe Brain said...

If I ever acquire one of those, I'll try that.

kae said...

Zoe
A banana?

(tee hee)