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Old 01-06-2013, 07:36 PM
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Do monkeys (or chimps) really love to eat a cartoonish amount of bananas?

Monkeys and bananas. It's depicted in cartoons and eslewhere that I suppose I've always just taken it for granted.

Like elephants and peanuts, or parrots and crackers, the pair have become inseparable in popular culture. Now, I'm sure they love 'em as much as any other primate, but in reality, are bananas really the ultimate, iconic food for these guys?

If not, what made this combo so popular?

*I only ask, cuz I just ate a banana, and monkeys are funny.

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:07 PM
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Chimps and most monkeys love fruit. Bananas are particularly nutritious, but they'll go for whatever is ripe at the time. As for chimps, probably their top preferred food is meat, usually monkey meat. It's a much smaller portion of the typical chimp diet, but is rare in that it will sometimes be shared. The guy with the meat, and it's almost always a male, will look to get favors in return from the other chimps he is sharing his catch with, including access to females for sex.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:14 PM
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What? I couldn't hear you.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:27 PM
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I said, you have a banana in your ear!
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:54 PM
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Hang on, I have these bananas in my ears, lemme take them out...

Okay, come again?
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:55 PM
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Mmmm. Monkey meat.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:56 PM
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Piranhas prefer fruit as well.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:03 PM
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Chimps are old world apes, and bananas are new world fruit. Has Jane Goodall reported them celebrating Columbus Day?
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:04 PM
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Piranhas prefer fruit as well.
In Eye-Popping 3D!
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:06 PM
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Piranhas prefer fruit as well.
There are dozens of species of piranhas. Can we have a cite for which ones "prefer fruit"?
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:07 PM
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Earlier thread, Do monkeys really eat bananas?

The answer to that question was, yes, monkeys in zoos really like bananas.

That's not a good answer to why cartoonists do it, but it's a start. And once a cartoonist gets hold of a joke, nothing can shake it. I recently saw yet another cartoon about a "chef's surprise." I've never seen one of those on a menu in my life.

A monkey with a banana is a great visual. So is a great big elephant eating a tiny little individual peanut. Do elephants in the wild eat peanuts? No. So?
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:08 PM
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Chimps are old world apes, and bananas are new world fruit. Has Jane Goodall reported them celebrating Columbus Day?
No, but people grow bananas in Africa. Some in chimpanzee territories.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:15 PM
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Is that so?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:34 PM
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There are dozens of species of piranhas. Can we have a cite for which ones "prefer fruit"?
Not really prefer. Just most of the time. They're omnivores. Imagine if they eat nothing but animal protein, there'll be no fauna left in the Amazon basin.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:04 PM
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Chimps are old world apes, and bananas are new world fruit.
Bananas are an Old World fruit. The genus Musa is native to South and Southeast Asia, and they were probably first domesticated in New Guinea.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:23 PM
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There's a great scene in the third Planet of the Apes film where the first words spoken by one of the astronaut apes is "I loathe bananas!"
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:18 AM
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Not really prefer. Just most of the time. They're omnivores. Imagine if they eat nothing but animal protein, there'll be no fauna left in the Amazon basin.
Well, I'm just not understanding what point you're trying to make in a thread about primates.

But if you have a cite that some piranha species eat fruit "most of the time", I'm sure we'd all like to see it. If you don't have a cite, then it might be better to just give it up.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:30 AM
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Piranhas prefer fruit as well.
And here I was worried about my nuts.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:14 AM
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Now I'm trying to picture a piranha trying to peel an orange.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:41 AM
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Well, I'm just not understanding what point you're trying to make in a thread about primates.

But if you have a cite that some piranha species eat fruit "most of the time", I'm sure we'd all like to see it. If you don't have a cite, then it might be better to just give it up.
They're omnivores, all of them. Their diets change with the seasons (more dangerous to animals during the dry, no-flood periods.) When the plains get flooded and you have a lot of fruit and seeds falling in the water, it's food for them. Some like less 'toothsome' food like the pacu and this one:
http://www.angelfire.com/biz/piranha...gopristis.html

And no, you didn't get my first point which was more of a joke than anything. It's all about the subject of monkeys and generally monkeys ~= humor.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:22 AM
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Hang on, I have these bananas in my ears, lemme take them out...

Okay, come again?
I said, "When someone asks me why I have crabapples in my cheeks, I point out that they are rubber balls, and they are in my hands. I don't know if it ever worked, though, because it's hard to make people understand you when you have crabapples in your cheeks"
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:28 AM
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If not, what made this combo so popular?

*I only ask, cuz I just ate a banana, and monkeys are funny.
It is popular because bananas are funny too. Just look at the shape of them.

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The guy with the meat, and it's almost always a male, will look to get favors in return from the other chimps he is sharing his catch with, including access to females for sex.
This also works with female humans. (Except that then it is usually cow meat.)
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:34 AM
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The answer to that question was, yes, monkeys in zoos really like bananas.
What's the appeal?
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:28 AM
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What's the appeal?
The appeal was confirmed.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:34 AM
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And no, you didn't get my first point which was more of a joke than anything. It's all about the subject of monkeys and generally monkeys ~= humor.
Well, it might have helped if it had actually been funny.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:10 AM
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A monkey eating a banana looks like someone giving a blow job.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:19 AM
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What's the appeal?
Yellow.

Variation thread:

Why do cartoonists use banana peels as gag items that people slip on?

I've actually rubbed a banana peel on a piece of concrete in the name of Science and found, technically speaking, Nothing Special.

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:19 AM
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Yep, saw it recently on a reality show on animal planet or something. For the orangutan's meal, they dumped maybe 200 pounds or so of bananas and that was their meal.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:32 AM
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I'm Chiquita Banana and I've come to say - I'm tired of primates eating me every day.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:16 AM
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A monkey eating a banana looks like someone giving a blow job.
But.....they CHEW
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:25 AM
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What's the appeal?
For zoos, they are fruit, which monkeys like.
And they are a cheap fruit, being readily available in grocery stores.

And having a short 'sales life' once in a store -- once they begin to show the littlest bit of brown spots on the skin, most consumers will pass them over. Grocery store employees generally have to remove ripe bananas from the display once a day, at least. They can use some of those in their deli to make fruit salad, and some in the bakery for banana bread, but most get thrown away. And stores pay to have their trash hauled away. So it would be pretty easy for a zoo to arrange to buy these 'overripe' bananas for a very cheap price. Or they could talk to the local grocery wholesale produce warehouse, which has the same situation in even greater volume.

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:37 AM
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For zoos, they are fruit, which monkeys like.
And they are a cheap fruit, being readily available in grocery stores.

And having a short 'sales life' once in a store -- once they begin to show the littlest bit of brown spots on the skin, most consumers will pass them over. Grocery store employees generally have to remove ripe bananas from the display once a day, at least. They can use some of those in their deli to make fruit salad, and some in the bakery for banana bread, but most get thrown away. And stores pay to have their trash hauled away. So it would be pretty easy for a zoo to arrange to buy these 'overripe' bananas for a very cheap price. Or they could talk to the local grocery wholesale produce warehouse, which has the same situation in even greater volume.
Bananas, cheap?!?!
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:45 AM
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Is that so?
Since I looked it up,
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East African Highland bananas were introduced early into Africa from Southeast Asia during the 1st to 6th century AD, probably via trade. They are genetically distinct from the other AAA cultivars, having evolved locally in the East African region for over a millennium. They are found nowhere else in the world and East Africa has been called the secondary center of banana diversity because of this (with Southeast Asia being the first). East African Highland bananas are especially diverse in Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda. ...
2.9 million metric tons putting Tanzania in 7th place in the top 10 banana producing nations in 2010.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:28 AM
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What's the appeal?
It was a joke.

Banana. Appeal. Get it?
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:19 AM
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I got it. A little sugar over here, if you don't mind.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:23 AM
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Mmmm. Monkey meat.
Mutilated monkey meat!
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:36 AM
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Since I looked it up,2.9 million metric tons putting Tanzania in 7th place in the top 10 banana producing nations in 2010.

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You can tll they're Highland Bananas by the tilt of their kilt. :_
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:02 AM
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Hang on, I have these bananas in my ears, lemme take them out...

Okay, come again?
Those weren't bananas in your ears, that's the monkey meat they stored for a bit.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:59 PM
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Mutilated monkey meat!
Chopped up parakeet?


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Old 01-09-2013, 02:34 PM
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I believe I can say without fear of contradiction that monkeys and chimps come much, much closer to eating cartoonish quantities of bananas than cats do to lapping up cartoonish amounts of milk.
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