Radioactive MonkeyBananas!

Who knew?

Our very own monkeybananas are actually radioactive. I wonder if that needs to be added to the shipping label?

Turns out bananas contain potassium. Potassium-40 to be more exact. Which is apparently a radioactive isotope. Explains the yellow hazmat suits… In fact, there’s even a banana related informal term for expressing ionizing radiation exposure – it’s BED. Which stands for Banana Equivalent Dose.

To quote wikipedia: “the radiation exposure from consuming a banana is approximately 1% of the average daily exposure to radiation, which is 100 banana equivalent doses (BED)… A lethal dose of radiation is approximately 35,000,000 BED…However, the committed dose in the human body due to bananas is not cumulative”

BUT – if you eat a couple million bananas, you might set off some radiation monitors…


Author: bananamailer

I like to send and eat bananas. I also like monkeys.