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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


The beaches of two Dutch North Sea islands were less than "a-peeling" to residents yesterday after thousands of bananas washed ashore.

A half-mile stretch of beach on Terschelling island, 70 miles north of Amsterdam, was littered with the unripe fruit that fell off a Cuban cargo ship during a storm. Bananas also washed up on neighboring Ameland island.

Authorities estimate that six containers were washed off the ship and at least one burst open.

Beachcombers were on the scene to check out bunches of the green bananas, but weren't as interested in the haul as they were a year ago when tennis shoes, aluminum briefcases and toys washed ashore. Some 20 years ago, it was a load of sweaters.

It wasn't immediately clear what would happen to the bananas. Some locals had suggested sending them to nearby zoos.

Gives new meaning to "straight off the banana boat."

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Anonymous Pete said...

These green bananas look like the type that are used in cooking especially in Hispanic dishes.They looked "ungassed".
They get gassed in warehouses to enhance the ripening process and prevent spoilage.

Another blow to Fidel's fragile economy,eh?
Yes,we have no bananas!
Carmen Miranda is spinning in her grave about now I suppose.

Wed Nov 07, 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Why can't these things wash up on African coast so the impoverished can take advantage of it?

Wed Nov 07, 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah the monkeys in Africa need bananas.

Wed Nov 07, 07:10:00 PM  

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