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Bananas à la Amadeus

January 13, 2011

It’s slid well past 11pm and I should really be packing for my week out of town.  But no – instead I sit here “diversifying my mental energies” by catching up on all my fav blogs & websites that I’ve been too busy to read for the past several days.

I’m glad to say, however, that all “diversification” isn’t without its rewards.  I stumbled across this random story through Oldster’s View.  Not quite sure what to make of it.  Do you spell “gimmick” with one “m” or two?…

Mozart’s growing influence on food

Can fruit, vegetables and other foods really benefit from daily doses of classical music?

By DANIEL KRIEGER
Special to The Japan Times

Although the claim that listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s complicated scores can boost your IQ has been debunked, its effect on bananas has yet to be disputed. So in July, the Hyogo Prefecture-based fruit company Toyoka Chuo Seika shipped out its first batch of “Mozart Bananas” to supermarkets in the area.

Arriving as ordinary, unripe bananas from the Philippines, “Mozart Bananas” meet an odd fate. “String Quartet 17” and “Piano Concerto 5 in D major,” among other works, play continuously for one week in their ripening chamber, which has speakers installed specifically for this purpose.

Read the rest of the story here.


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