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Banana drama

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by mr bubbles, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. AbyssalPlains

    AbyssalPlains Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tucson, AZ
    This is correct. Bananas give off ethylene gas, which acts as a ripening hormone on plants and fruit. Bananas ripen less fast when you separate them and store in different places. Other fruit produce ethylene, too, for example tomatoes.
  2. Nemrod

    Nemrod Contributor

    It is well known bad luck for mariners to have bannanas onboard. Sorry, no bannanas on my boat either. Better please the sea gods. They are more important that you.

    You know, it surprises me people don't know these things, they should be part of dive training, boat ettiquette etc. When you are on a boat, the skipper is the law and the boat is like his home, if he don't like bannanas onboard, better get oranges, that would include you guys, that or don't get on the boat, your not in charge, the skipper is.

    Here are more borrowed from a boating site:

    1. Bananas on board are bad luck (or anything referencing)
    2. Do not look back when leaving port (bad luck)
    3. Women on board are bad luck? (don't agree here)
    4. Never start a voyage the first Monday in April
    5. Never step on board with your left foot.
    7. pouring wine on board is good luck. (offering to gods)
    8. Bad luck to harm mola mola (ocean sunfish)
    9. Church Bells heard on ship means someone will die.
    10. Dolphins swimming with the boat are good luck

    Sharks following a boat are a sign of impending death, red sky at night, sailor's delight, red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. There are tons more like not renaming a vessal without performing certain rituals.

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2008
  3. AbyssalPlains

    AbyssalPlains Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tucson, AZ
    To use your quote: " To hell with superstition and voodoo and all kind of wired ****,"

    I agree with your criticism of superstition and vodoo, but in my opinion this "wired ****" does include the "one god" you mention. I think this illustrates that when it comes to beliefs, you just can't argue with people. Do I think it's ridiculous to throw bananas overboard? Of course. Do I claim the right to tell locals what to believe and what not? No.

    As long as the skipper doesn't throw my banana hammock over board, I'm cool with that. :D
  4. freediver

    freediver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Texas
    Silly superstition but then again, I do put my pants on one leg at a time! :D
  5. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaumont CA
    Well what about woman? They have been considered bad luck on boats and ships for hundreds of years? So when you get rid of or ban woman then I will respect the banana thing! Contraband, Drugs, and Illegal items you can tell me not to bring then! But I don't care who you think you are, you don't make those decisions for me, with all due respect! There are too many places to hid the banana! :popcorn:
  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    I guess PW needs to go on his own boat with his own rules if he can't respect the skipper's home rules.
  7. Web Monkey

    Web Monkey Omniheurist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    It's actually pretty silly.

    If the captain knew someone who had an accident while carrying a blue towel, does that mean he's going to toss my towel overboard?

    If anybody chucked my banana, sunscreen or whatever overboard, there would be no tips and someone would be buying me a new "whatever", or would be arguing with the CC company about getting paid.

    This is the 21 century. People should act like it.

  8. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaumont CA
    Don, you are kidding right? I is just as rude to request that someone follow a unreasonable request! Does a captain have a right to say no woman? No red heads? No medication for an illness? As I said, a publicly operated dive boat can't dictate your diet or the cloths you wear! Confiscating someones banana is the same as stealing! What next taking your shirt because its not the right color?

    I do have a right to tell the locals eating other people or killing animals for sacrifice is wrong! That truth shall set you free!

    I would pity the poor captain that made an unreasonable request of me or anyone else! Remember the Kane Mutiny? Over Ice Cream! And? :popcorn:
  9. Eastbayfe

    Eastbayfe Captain

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Manteo, NC
    I'm a firm follower of the no banana rule while on fishing trips which I would definitely carry over to spearfishing if I was into that sport. I wouldn't advise showing up for a Carolina fishing charter with a banana because you might not get on board. If you did get off shore and revealed your fruit you may have an unpleasant experience and be ridden hard for your inexperience and lack of respect for the captain, boat and others on board. If it is a head boat good luck. I often disregard the rule for basic pleasure boating and diving but I admit I did feel a bit uneasy when I saw a banana sticking out of a fellow divers gear bag la couple of weeks ago. We did make it back to the dock but we did weather some heavy storms with lightning and blinding rain going out.
  10. fisherdvm

    fisherdvm Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Perhaps that is the reason why many folks on SB don't like spare air's - they are small, yellow, and looks like a banana ??

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