Monkey business

Amazing as this might sound, many Ukrainians actually open bananas from the wrong end!

I mean, they turn the banana upside down, ignore the stem (accepted by most of the world to be the part that opens the banana) and then open the fruit from the closed end. – the bit without the handle!!!

How do you open yours?

Bananas: How do you open yours?

The first time I saw this I thought it was a joke, or perhaps I was watching a crazy person?. Well, No. As time has passed I’ve watched in amazement as many other Ukrainians have done the same thing. There really is no ‘right’ way to open a banana in Ukraine.

Maybe its a anarchistic statement, a complete rejection of the dominant social order. Or perhaps its a subtle rejection of communism – I just don’t know, but its┬ábarmy.

If you’re in Ukraine, take a look, you might witness this crazy behaviour yourself.


Fall off the table, get swept under


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  1. Well, I think where is no “right” way =)) I do it with stem up. And there is a reason for that. One the oposite side of the banana where is a small bitter part, which I don’t like.

  2. Personally, I find it more convenient to hold banana with stem in my hand when it is not fully opened so my hands won’t get dirty. You should try it

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