We’ll apparently it’s Banana Day, originating in 1996 by a student named Rodolfo P. Tellez at West Chester University as a way to boost school pride. Over 3,000 bananas were given out on campus and over 50 hours of community service contributed on that historic day. Today, it’s really just a fun day to pay tribute to the delicious yellow fruit and favorite sack lunch snack. Keep in mind, this day is not to be confused with Banana Lover’s Day, Banana Cream Pie Day, Banana Split Day, Banana Bread Day, or Banana Pudding Lovers Month. And that’s actually just a few of the celebration days devoted to this much-loved food.
Truthfully, I don’t really have a story about a banana, I just wanted to try doodlewashing them for the first time after yesterday’s garlic. But I do love bananas, so I guess any day set aside to celebrate them is a good thing. And apparently I’m not alone in the love as over 100 billion bananas are consumed each year making them the 4th largest agricultural product in the world. They’re also naturally radioactive thanks to a material they contain in the form of Potassium-40. Though you’d have to eat a ton of bananas to compete with the potassium your body already produces and ton more than that to actually start glowing.
Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit. In fact, it’s consumed more than oranges and apples combined. I’m guessing it’s just because it’s much easier to eat a banana and Americans are notoriously lazy when it comes to food. Not only is it easiest to peel, you don’t even really have to chew it. Just sort of swallow it down like pudding. What’s not to love? So tonight, set aside some time to relax like a little monkey and grab yourself a banana. Just peel and enjoy!
Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yello, Azo Orange, Permanent Green Pale, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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