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I eat two bananas for breakfast, washing them down with my third cup of coffee of the day. It’s what I do and it works for me, keeps me satiated until 2 PM, when I grab my lunch. Anyway, a while back I noticed that monkeys peel their bananas from the top, rather than from the stem, and discovered that it slips the fruit out a lot faster and cleaner, even when it’s not completely ripe yet.

So I went looking for images and video touching on this phenomenon, where monkey knowledge is simply superior to our own—I guess I’m still kind of on my evolution kick—and found the clip from this guy, who prefers to do his video presentations in his pajamas.

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Anyway, our tradition tells us that we can learn from every person, so we should probably extend it now to “every primate.” Also, if we learn something new from someone, we should call him or her our Rebbi. It refers to a new halacha or bit of Torah, buy banana peeling could be as important. What if, let’s say, it’s a minute before the start of a fast and you need to peel a banana really quickly – thanks to the monkey you’ll now be doing it a lot faster. So, feel free to call some monkey your rabbi.

Caution: the above was a straight line, funny retort to come in 1… 2… 3…


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Not a evolutionist, I believe the Biblical account and a Sovereign God but nice information. Done that before but have not practiced it because I leave the bitter tip in the peel and throw it all away together. I know of some men to need to learn from cows and such and eat some greens. So, I guess we can learn something from every segment of God's creation.

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