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March 19, 2004
Curious George: monkey banana meme
The Hannah-monkey asked this morning "why do people think that monkeys just like bananas, instead of other fruit"? Help me help an eight year old - how did this pop culture association start, and is it true?
18 years ago
Down with monkey stereotypes!
I can tell you, from being chased by a troop of monkeys, that they also like cheese. Here, have a slice of Doppelrhamstufe to get rid of tha banana smell!
Even Jane Goodall used bananas to lure the chimps down to her campsite. A google search didn't turn up anything for me, but it's a fact that monkeys and apes will choose fruit over any other food. Bananas are clustered in large groups, available year-round (if imported), fairly cheap, easy to hold and eat, and contain plenty of good nutrients, so I wonder if it's as much a choice of zookeepers and animal carers that has led to monkeys being associated with bananas.
Bananas, like avocados and sherry, are whole foods. Make of that what you will!
To Hannah monkey: I like peanuts, what about you? I like peanut butter, too. Cold pizza ia tasty when I'm in the mood for a hasty breakfast. But as for spinach, poo!
Oh. And perhaps Hannah might find
by [eight-year old] Julia Mayhew interesting -- the first one mentions bananas, at least.
I can't answer the question, but now I know (thanks to stirfry and Google) that Doppelrhamstufe is a class of soft, supple German cheeses made with "double the cream." Thanks, stirfry. I shall always aver you as a greater cheese authority than I.