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Banana drama

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

  1. Zieg

    Zieg Solo Diver

    I just don't believe that, in this day and age, that MOST of these captains truly believe in this particular superstition. I believe that for them it is more a fun little way of playing a power game aboard their boat, and that by giving this importance, they are making everything a little more 'nautical'.

    If the captain TRULY believes in this superstition, I'll respect that, but I really don't want to go to sea with them. If they make it a fun game of "someone just blew an oring, so who's got the banana, it's their fault", while laughing, then it is fun and I don't have a problem. But to go through someones carryon gear searching for contraband or to snatch the thing from someone's hands, that's going overboard for me.
  2. merxlin

    merxlin Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: So. Cal.
    Most superstitions to me are nothing more than a trigger to get the brain thinking positive. I doubt that most people "truely believe" that a rabbits foot is lucky. If they were, why are there so many dead rabbits on the side of the road? However, if by rubbing a rabbits foot, four leaf clover, lucky penny or whatever, you start to think about the outcome of an event or circumstances in a positive light, and the chances of a positive outcome are much greater.

    And as far as dive boat captains go, from the ones I've met bad luck bananas are not even in the top ten personality quirks. Most are rather unique individuals. Who would you rather have a beer with, your dive boat captain (in port after the trip of course) or captain Stubing from the Love Boat?
  3. freediver

    freediver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Texas
    Isaac! He knows where they are stored! :D and he'll pretend to be listening to you. Is it just me or is this thread losing its ap"peal"?
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    Oh wow! I remember a CCV boat in Roatan that was going to take us to Utila to look for whale sharks. Out of season, but we were going to look. I took tanks too so I could try some scuba over there. I boarded, looked around, asked where the PDFs were, learned there were none for this channel crossing, :eek: went to my FIBR boat and grabbed a couple at least as there was one minor from our group onboard without her parents. She thot I was silly: "Can't you swim?" Smart kid. The boat didn't get far before the transmission started failing tho so they radioed in for more fluid so they could limp back. Hmmm, these guys pouring are going to pour that in a hot engine compartment? I offered to man a fire extinguisher, but they didn't have any of those either. I sit on the edge of the boat wearing my PDF while they poured.

    Then there was the boat crew from hell in Belize. :silly:
  5. deco_martini

    deco_martini Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: United States
    Scuba is based on scientific theories, testing, and laws.

    If the boat captain throws your banana overboard, find another boat next time because he is unfit to be involved in scuba in a leadership role.

    That level of superstition shows a complete lack of critical thinking skills and is a bad indicator. Its one thing to think its bad luck, but its another thing to yank it out of someone's hand and throw it away.

    There is no magic juju for fixing a DCS hit.
  6. seaducer

    seaducer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New jersey
    I think you might be right here. I suppose these are the same people that intorduce themselves as Captain So&So, as opposed to my name is Jim, and I am your captain today.

    I won't. In fact I refuse to respect such a rediculous belief. To respect something is to hold it in esteem or honor. Clearly the idea the bananas are magical is not something we should repsect. Nor are any other irrational beliefs, however mainstream they may be. They should be called out for what they are, silly. Most are some archaic explanation for how we got here, or designed to place more importance on us than on any other thing in the Universe. It is 2008, we have an understanding about the world we live in that is based on real world evidence, that is, objects you can see, touch, smell, or measure, and yet we still cling to old world ideas. And what is more, people are still dieing becuase of it, because we choose to "respect" those beliefs, empowering them, allowing small fundamentalist groups to gain power and fester and finally attack.

    By not pointing out what idiots these people are, you are helping to empower groups of them to commit horrible acts on others.

    Sure, thats a joke, and a particularly funy one once you know the history behind it.
    Size them up for a straight jacket and take the boat keys away before someone gets hurt.
  7. Zieg

    Zieg Solo Diver


    What does this have to do with bananas or the fact that you need to take out your garbage more often (the real reason you have fruit flies).
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    What? We supposedly have a focus to this thread? So that's why I get the buggers huh?

    I was responding to this one...
  9. pir8

    pir8 NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Philadelphia
    Rude or not doesn't matter in this case as while at Sea the Captains word is law! If you ever spent any time in the Navy you would understand this. If not you never will. Thats just the way it is whether you like it or not.

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    Don't blame the banana, blame the bonehead that can't calculate fuel consumption.:shakehead:

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