Adam, Eve, And The Banana

In Volume 96 of American Scientist Fenella Saunders writes of Dan Koeppel’s book Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World:

In ancient translations of the Bible, he [Koeppel] says, Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden not by an apple but a banana…

While the fruit of the apple could engender a religion, all that could come of a banana is a stand-up comedy routine.

The Lion would guess that’s the root of the translator’s decision to change fruits.

Please, feel free to indulge your sense of humor…


9 Responses

  1. I hope Eve knew how to cook. That’s the only way people were eating bananas thousands of years ago. It would have been neither “sweet” nor “tempting”… unless you were walking around the savanna starving. Hmmmm… I’m losing my mental picture of Eden….


  2. Picture Iraq.


  3. Just how tempting was Adam’s Banana (not a bad name for a male strip club, actually)?

    (Is that the type of humour for which you aimed?)


    • Adam’s Banana sort of sounds like a gay club (no offense taken) but it does make you wonder the type of “fruit” that revolved the relationship between Adam and Eve.


  4. Hmmm, I don’t think Christians are going to fall for a banana in the tailpipe of their Eden story.


  5. Philly: I think a “banana in the tailpipe” is exactly the kind of pro-homosexual agenda that the religious right is trying to stiffe.


  6. Damn. That last word should be stifle, not stiffe.


  7. They may be trying to stifle because the idea gives them a stiffie.


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