Next to apples, bananas have been a staple in my fruit consumption since as early as I could remember.
The way I peeled them never crossed my mind, often snapping the stem part off, digging my fingers just below stem, or cutting it in half (yeah, my mom failed me again).
Much like my my misadventures in finding out the right way to eat an apple, how to eat a cupcake, and how to use a Chinese takeout box, the revelation on how to eat a banana was much more face-palm inducing. It wasn't until I was sent a video of a chimp unsheathing a banana that I realized there indeed was a Utopian way of peeling the golden fruit: like a monkey.
The protagonist chimp effortlessly used the end I wasn't accustomed to opening, the side without the stem. The furry fellow pinched half of the little nub of the banana and pulled down two perfect sides of the peel.
Not sure why I looked to my mother for terrible banana-peeling advice in my adolescent years -- did she eat multiple bananas every day? No. But monkeys? Those monkeys knew it from the get-go, understanding that the stem was a perfect hand rest, which meant you would open the fruit from the other end.
Sheesh, next you're going to tell me that bananas are slightly radioactive? Wait. What?
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Disclaimer: Nuking your leftover Halloween candy in the microwave is a bad (see: bad) idea and leads to kitchens that smell like rotting unicorns.
Similar to reverse rocket science, the crew gathered all the candy in the office -- from Skittles to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups -- and wondered what would happen if we pulverized them in the microwave.
Watch the video, then check out the fruits of our labor below:
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"No one bites down on their food. They're actually biting up."
It was the most pretentious foodie fun fact I'd ever heard. It's always fun recalling where you were the moment some ridiculous piece of information seemingly shatters your entire thought process and makes you question everything you believe in. I remember when I learned how to eat a cupcake properly, my mind was a wreck.
"Since your top jaw never moves, and your lower jaw is hinging up, the idea of biting down on something makes no sense. You're actually biting up," one of our staff writers, Dominique Zamora, told me one morning last week.
For the rest of the day, everyone in our office sat there trying to prove her wrong by showing her the control we thought we had of our upper jaw. Within a few moments of biting air, we realized that the person who coined the term "biting down" must have been standing upside down when he penned his flawed depiction of the human jaw.
The jaw is only chewing on food when it is moving upwards.
My reality is ruined. My entire pre-25 year old life was built on the false premise that my upper row of teeth was moving down to crush all the food enemies I put in its path.
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Even with a common kitchen knife, cutting particular foods with a blade can be tedious and rather cumbersome. If you're anything like me, you can rarely get a good cut of anything, let alone a clean piece of cake or a sexy sliver of cheese.
Who should you call upon for help next time you're having a wine and cheese night with the ladies? Your hygiene homie Dental Floss. Make sure to grab an unscented pack, roll out a length of it that'll comfortably sink into whatever you're cutting, hold it taut, and get to cutting:
Photography by Marc Kharrat
We've all been there, just home from the market, fresh pack of soda in hand, then comes the tedious first-world problem of having to unpack each can, one at a time into your ice box. By the end of the process, your back is in shambles, and you've somehow grown a disdain for your mother for not having shown you a better way.
Fret no more, tear open both perforated ends of the box, put your box on the level of the fridge you want to fill with soda, and push all the soda through the back end while pulling the box back onto your arm like a glove (see video).
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