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No bananas? Is that really a thing?

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Would love to hear how much of this story on fishermen's superstitions actually rings true. 

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“As far as bananas and things like that, bring all the bananas you want. That was started from the sailing days when the bananas used to carry a type of spider that used to come and kill the crew. In the sailing days they would get bananas in the Caribbean, or wherever they grow. They would load them in cargo ships and when the crews would go to sleep these poisonous spiders would come out and half the time they would show up with a dead crew. It became the bananas’ fault, when really it was the poisonous spiders.”

Anyone still scared of bananas?

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Wow, this bananas thing is popping in mainstream media. Or do they just write this story once a year?

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The guides say the superstition, and the hex, if you will, dates back to the earliest explorers, when wooden ships traveled the oceans, stopping at islands in the southern hemisphere to gather fruit as they went. One of two ominous things would happen, according to lore: Poisonous spiders became stowaways via bananas and subsequently sickened the crew, or the ship would wreck and all that would be found in its wake floating on the ocean was, you guessed it, bananas.

During a 30-year career guiding fishermen on the ocean, Captain Joe Tufts of Scarborough had seen enough fishing trips gone bad as the result of bananas that he made a sign for his boat (since he’s also a professional sign maker) with a bunch of bananas crossed out with a red slash. (Think: “Ghostbusters.”)

“No guns and no bananas on the boat,” Tufts said. “It’s just bad luck. Before the sign, one time a guy brought a banana on board and he flipped and broke his finger. It’s not just bad luck with fishing.”

Tufts is far from the only guide convinced of the curse.

 

Ghostbusters!

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