Hello folks who feel bad for the poor elephant that is always stuck in a tiny room when people bring it up during meetings,

Have you ever bought a bunch of bananas from the supermarket and observed how most of them have a flawless complexion, sure there are some freckles but other than that there is nothing to complain about. Now if you look carefully, you find the odd one out. One of the banana is always bruised and heaven forbid if you have to peel the skin and see the the brown mushy part.

This is what I am talking about...

People who quote "beauty is not what is on the outside but what is inside", clearly haven't peeled a bruised banana.


At first, one might think this bruising was due to bullying by its banana neighbors who just wanted to dominate the victim banana and improve their social status.


You see, the culprit behind this is our good ol' friend: Oxygen. Oxygen is so essential to all our lives yet it eventually leads to the rusting of our bodies. In the case of this banana, a part of the banana was accidentally or intentionally hit against a hard surface. Upon impact, the cell walls were ruptured which allowed oxygen to enter the cell unsupervised and react with all the chemical compounds. This ended with the oxidation of those chemical compounds which made the banana brown, bruised and mushy.

In a way, oxygen is that person who enters the cocktail party without invitation but ends the entire party by passing out and making a mess at the venue.

Have you seen a lizard missing a tail and wondered what the story behind this tail loss is? Did it fight in WWII? Did it escape a shark attack? One thing that is fascinating with lizards ejecting their tails to run away from predators is how their bodies are built to facilitate this behavior.

You see, lizard tails are pre-cut like pizza slices that are ready to be consumed. So anytime a part of the tail is grasped or touched, the closest fracture zone causes that part of the tail to come off in a snap which means it does not necessarily lose the entire tail all the time.


Now you might be thinking what about all the blood loss following the tail snapping apart? Well, the internal muscles will close off the blood vessels right away to avoid blood loss and instead start the healing process.

All this sounds great on paper, but the lizard ends up paying a high price to live another day. Since they store their fat reserves in their tails and also use their tails for balance, it is not a win-win situation for the lizard. Think of it this way, if someone tries to kill you but you could get away if you could surrender your Pringles® stash, what is the point of living then?

Anyways, below is a Western fence lizard in the process of growing its tail.





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