This woman ‘married’ a pizza

February 13th, 2017

I, ____, take you, Pizza, to be my lawfully wedded number one meal , to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until spoilage do us part.

Love between two humans is a complicated wild thing.” Love between cheesy dough and a human, though? It really simplifies things. 

Is this cheesy or what? This woman married a pizza. Yes, you read right, well kinda.

What started out as a joke became this woman’s true love. She came across her grandma’s wedding dress and then started taking photos with her in it while eating pizza.

“She posted a picture of her wearing it to Facebook with the caption: ‘Wearing grandma’s wedding dress…I’m getting married but it’s to pizza. Sorry boys, I’m a taken woman!” The planning of her dream wedding day moved forward with planning down to the last detail. The wedding photographer took various shots of her and her pizza.

My question is what did she serve at her ceremony? Congratulations to the newly married couple. All the best!

This woman ‘married’ a pizza

Pizza 1

 

via Metro.co.uk

Star Trek Cats

February 11th, 2017

Danna Bananas has beamed in Star Trek for Caturday.

“The respected scientific illustrator and “shameless nerd” Jenny Parks specializes in reimagining pop culture characters as… cats, and now the Denver-based artist is turning her attention to Star Trek. Due out in February, Star Trek Cats will fill its 64 pages with amusing new takes on iconic Trek characters and scenes, from Kirk in the Captain’s chair to Spock offering his Vulcan wisdom.”

Star Trek Cats for Caturday

Star trek cats - Caturday

 

 

via Star Trek

Ice Instruments

February 10th, 2017

Ice sculptor, Tim Linhart has built ice instruments to actually be played in a concert. It’s taken a lot of thought and creation to have a concert with only ice instruments in a room with lots of heat.

Take a listen as this will be the coolest concert you will hear. Pun intended,it will melt your heart!

Ice Instruments

via National Geographic

Stranger Things Season Two

February 9th, 2017
Stranger Things Season Two
Alas the Stranger Things Season Two trailer is here. Have to admit I was late on The Stranger Things bandwagon but after binge watching season one,  Danna Bananas is stoked and can’t wait for Halloween as this is when season two will premier.

Stranger Things Season Two Trailer

This website explains the plot so if you don’t want to read this don’t click here.

[via HighSnobiety]

Valentine’s Day Foods that are Heart-Shaped

February 6th, 2017

You want to plan a special love themed menu for Valentine’s Day but your heart starts to thump with frustration. Of course, chocolate comes to mind but you can’t serve that for dinner but perhaps dessert would be an appropriate choice. Chocolate Avocado Pudding is melt in your mouth delectable.

Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Foods

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Foods

One idea is to make a heart shaped pizza and decorate it with heart shaped pepperoni and veggies. Your sweetheart will always get the message…

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Foods

 

For more edible love themed dishes check out Food Network’s article.

[via FoodNetwork]

Cool Valentine’s Day Gifts

January 27th, 2017

Do you feel it? Do you smell it? Even though love is in the air everyday, there is one specific day everyone(mostly) puts forth more love and that is on February 14th. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day 2017 is just around the corner.

This love-filled day is the perfect time to spread your love through a gift you have thoughtfully selected. What to give your love is sometimes tough but we have some great gift ideas for you. Flowers, jewelry, chocolates, sweet notes, dinner out in the town are lovely, romantic traditional gifts but why not be different this year. If you are struggling, ,we’re here to help you think outside the heart-shaped chocolate box. Give your sweetheart something that is unique, fun and has a twist of ridiculousness!

Cool Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him or Her

If your idea is a funny Valentines Day theme, we do have a funny Valentine gift that may make you go a tad red and your Valentine as well. In Season Salt & Pepper Shakers will for sure spice up your meals(wink, wink)!

In Season Salt Pepper Shakers Make Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

Why not express your love with baking a cake…who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate cake? The I Heart Cake Mould serves up six pieces of sweet deliciousness from a heart shaped cake mold. Also, ideal to celebrate on a birthday at a baby shower and at a graduation.

I Heart Cake Mould makes Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

Did you grow up with a telephone receiver and have the luxary of slamming it down when someone peeved you off during a chat session in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s? Show someone what it was like with the Talk Dock. It will let you charge your phone, talk and stir your soup all at once.

Talk Dock Makes Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

If you are into doing something simple but sweet, write I love you on this jumbo heart sticky note.

Jumbo Heart Sticky Note makes Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

Simple but yet very meaningful. The way to someone’s heart is to make them a hot cup of love with the Tea To My Heart Tea Infuser.

Tea To My Heart Tea Infuser makes Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

Danna Bananas has you covered with some cool Valentines Day gifts, funny Valentine’s Day gifts for her, funny Valentine gifts for him and funny Valentines gifts for boyfriend!  Delight your sweetheart with Cool Valentines Day gifts they will love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

January 16th, 2017

With Valentine’s Day, less than a month away, it is time to prepare for Cupid’s arrow. You want to be sure to plan every last detail for the special day to show how much you love that special person in your life. The more preparation and planning you do, the more your significant other will feel valued and appreciated. Make sure you plan a lovely meal and purchase some cool Valentine’s Day gifts.

Do you need funny Valentine’s Day Gift ideas? Why not capture that lifetime, photographic memory?

Fun Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

The Love Photo Booth will create a fun-filled, “Kodak moment” for you. A photo is always well received. All you need is Love with the Love Photo Booth! You can make the most beautiful photos of your love story. You can create beautiful and funny Valentine’s Day images with the included accessories and props.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas like Love Photo Booth

Strike a pose and seal it with hearts and kisses!

To Change Your Life, Learn How to Trust Your Future Self

January 9th, 2017
Let Them Eat Cake

Photo: Rob Lang/Getty Images

Being a human is hard. We know the sorts of choices we ought to make, and we earnestly intend to make them, but when the time comes, we don’t. We want to lose weight, but we eat a sundae. We want to get in shape, but we sit on the couch. We want to save money, but we buy a plane ticket to Italy.

Funnily enough, scientists can’t agree why this is.

The dominant idea in psychology and popular culture alike is that we have a part of our brain that is rational and knows what’s good for us, and another part that’s impulsive and wants bad things. They struggle on and on and eventually the rational part gets tired and gives in. Game over. It’s a depressing picture.

What you might not have heard, though, is that in recent years a competing model has emerged from the field of addiction studies. In this conception, the human brain doesn’t have two warring parts, but one unitary system that prioritizes immediately rewarding options over those that pay off later.

The struggle, then, isn’t really between good and bad, but between the future and the present. And what’s exciting about this way of looking at things is that not only does this explain why some people can, and do, win the battle against temptation, but it also gives the rest of us a strategy for how we can do the same.

Of course, if we’re going to talk about self-control, we have to talk about Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel, who in the late 1960s and early ’70s famously gave 4-year-olds the choice between one snack-treat right away or two in fifteen minutes. When, years later, Mischel checked in on the participants in the so-called Marshmallow Test, he found that those who had waited did better in life in all sorts of ways. He concluded that they must possess a stable mental aptitude with which to beat back urges. In other words, willpower.

So if it’s not a muscle, what is it? An alternate answer has its roots in studies carried out by a contemporary of Mischel’s. In the 1960s, George Ainslie was a young researcher who wanted to understand how pigeons chose between options that were near or far in time. For instance, Ainslie offered a pigeon the option of getting one ounce of grain right away or four ounces of grain in four seconds. Ainslie found that pigeons can’t stand to wait for their reward; they want their grain and they want it now, even if they have to settle for a much smaller amount. Essentially, the pigeons were treating the later reward as being worth less than the full four ounces — they were discounting its value.

This “delay discounting” isn’t too surprising — most of us would rather be rewarded now rather than later — but what Ainslie found next was exciting. It turned out that the pigeons were discounting future rewards in a way that caused them to engage in a seemingly irrational behavior called “preference reversal.”

In one experiment, Ainslie allowed the pigeons to choose between a button that would give them four ounces of grain in 14 seconds and a second button that would give them one ounce of grain in 10 seconds. To the pigeon, both rewards were off in what seemed like the distant future, so they chose the larger one. But if they had to wait eight seconds, then the picture looked quite different. Now the smaller reward was just two seconds away, practically in front of their faces, while the big reward was still off in the remote future of six seconds hence. So they switched their preference and grabbed the smaller, immediate reward.

They had changed their minds.

The reason came down to the mathematics of how the brain calculates reward. Ainslie’s papers are full of discounting formulae and graphs, but I prefer a metaphor. Imagine you’re walking along, and in the distance you see a tree at the foot of a mountain. The tree looks smaller than the mountain. But as you get closer to the tree it starts to get larger faster than the mountain does, until eventually the two are the same size. Then the proportion switches. As you draw close to it the tree looms higher and higher overhead. When you’re standing next to the tree that’s all you see.

While we might be hardwired to give in to temptation, there is a way for us to fight back.

Similarly, when pigeons perceive two rewards far away in the future, it’s easy for them to gauge their true relative size. But as time goes by, and the sooner reward gets closer and closer, it looms larger and larger until it comes to seem more valuable than a larger reward that’s farther away. This is the breaking point, where the order of preferences switch. The pigeon changes its mind.

Ainslie realized that humans change their minds the same way. Suppose you want to become a novelist, so you decide to start getting up every day at 5 a.m. to write. How wonderful it will be to summon the muse tomorrow, you tell yourself as you set the alarm clock and slip into bed. Next thing you know, the alarm is going off, it’s pitch black, and you find yourself smacking the alarm’s off button, thinking, Ugh, no way, and sliding back into the pillow’s sweet embrace.

Of course, eventually you do wake up, at which point you realize that you’ve screwed up. You’ve shortsightedly traded your literary career for a few moments of comfort. But you couldn’t help it. When that cozy pillow was just a few inches away, totally un-discounted, its reward value was huge compared to its distant, steeply discounted alternative.

Ainslie’s greatest insight was that while we might be hardwired to give in to temptation, there is a way for us to fight back. Unlike pigeons, humans have the ability to foresee future payoffs — not just one, but strings of them stretching off into the future. When you struggle to get out of bed early, the trade-off isn’t really between one moment of indulgence and one moment of future contentment. It’s between a moment of indulgence right now versus many years spent enjoying a successful career.

Collectively, those moments of satisfaction will add up, a process Ainslie calls “bundling.” Like a worker assembling a gift backet, the brain’s subconscious reward circuitry computes the collective value of all the different benefits that will accrue tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and ties them all together in a package. Even if any of the individual future rewards may seem distant and hence hold little value, the whole bundle added up together amounts to something quite large—larger, even, than a single moment of pleasure in the here-and-now. The mountain will always remain larger than the tree. Even if the future benefits may seem distant and hence hold little value, they collectively can add up to something greater than a single moment of pleasure in the here and now. The mountain will always remain larger than the tree.

What you’re doing, essentially, is mentally projecting yourself into the future so you can experience the satisfaction of tomorrow’s rewards today. Intriguingly, researchers have found that people who more strongly identify with their future selves are better at self-control. In a 2009 study published in Judgment and Decision Making, psychologist Hal Hershfield showed subjects Venn diagrams with circles labeled “Current Self” and “Future Self.” Those who said they viewed the circles as mostly overlapping demonstrated more self-control in a later task: They preferred to wait for larger monetary rewards rather than taking small monetary rewards right away. Numerous other experiments have demonstrated a similar effect. “Being able to step into the shoes of our future selves,” says Hershfield, “is akin to being able to realize both the positive and the negative ramifications of our decisions.”

In order to bundle, however, there’s a major hurdle to overcome. It’s about trust.

When I’m trying to get myself out of bed to work on my novel, I succeed by adding up all the future benefits of my writing career. But I’ll only accrue those benefits if I keep getting up early. If I don’t really believe that I’ll be able to keep resisting temptation, if I think that I might just wind up flaking out and hitting the snooze button tomorrow and the day after that, then I can’t add up those future rewards, because they’ll never arrive.

In the mid-1970s, psychologist Stephen Maisto conducted an experiment that would be forbidden today. He gave recovering alcoholics either a spiked punch or a similar-tasting virgin one. He then told half of each group that they’d just consumed alcohol, and the other half that they had not. As you might expect, half the test subjects experienced a sudden surge in craving. But it wasn’t strictly the ones who’d consumed alcohol. Whether they actually had or not, it was the ones who believed they had. The alcoholics who thought they’d had a drink believed that once they fell off the wagon they’d be hopeless, and therefore couldn’t bundle. So they couldn’t.

Conversely, people who are absolutely certain about their future behavior face no willpower struggles. Bundling is easy because there’s no doubt that the stream of future rewards will arrive.

This effect was elegantly demonstrated by a study of Orthodox Jewish smokers published in the journal Psychopharmacology. The researchers asked their subjects to refrain from smoking both on normal weekdays, when they were normally free to smoke as they pleased, and on the Sabbath, when Orthodox Jews are forbidden to smoke. They found that the smokers felt the greatest cravings on weekdays. On the Sabbath, they hardly felt any cravings at all. Now, nicotine is an addictive substance, one that directly interferes with the brain’s pleasure circuitry. Yet these men didn’t crave it on the Sabbath. They knew, both consciously and subconsciously, that smoking wasn’t in the cards. The religious prohibition was too strong. So their confidence in their future behavior was rock-solid.

As Ainslie puts it, desire is motivated. We tend to think of desire as something immutable, a thing that you either possess or you don’t. But if we don’t really think that something is available to us, we don’t want it. If we trust ourselves enough that we believe we won’t give in to temptation, that temptation is effectively not available and we stop wanting it.

To conquer temptation and achieve change, then, you need to dispel the fog of self-doubt and develop confidence in your own future behavior.

But how can you do that?

If you think you can give yourself confidence by mouthing affirmations in the mirror, think again. Studies have found that at a subconscious level, the way we form beliefs about ourselves isn’t about what we say or even what we think, but what we see ourselves doing. If we want to change our beliefs, we first have to change the behavior we observe.

But that’s paradoxical. In order to change your behavior, you need to bundle, and to bundle, you need to trust yourself. But you won’t trust yourself if all you’ve perceived in the past is untrustworthy behavior. Catch-22!

The solution is to stop worrying about the behavior and focus on your self-trust. The way to do this is via a process I call “the algorithm.” If you follow it assiduously, you will replace the downward spiral of self-fulfilling self-doubt with an upward spiral of self-trust. Here’s how it works.

Step one: Choose a simple rule for yourself, one so simple and clear that you can’t possibly fail.

Step two: Make sure you follow step one.

The point is not to build a habit, but to establish a pattern of evidence for your own brain to observe. Find a very doable piece of behavior to adopt, then focus on doing it, no matter what. A person who wants to get up early might say, “I’m going to set my alarm five minutes early.” A person who wants to stop being a slob might say, “I’m going to make my bed before I leave the bedroom each morning.” A person who wants to learn French might say, “I’m going to do ten vocabulary flash cards on the train ride to work.”

In order to change your behavior, you need to trust yourself.

The goals are so small they seem almost useless. But keep at them. As you establish credibility, you can use your new bundling power to set more ambitious goals — to do 20 flashcards, then 50. To start reading French websites. To become a French novelist. In time, the project becomes part of your identity, and your investment so enormous, that you dare not let it slip away. Not only is continuing effortless, it actually becomes hard to stop.

The intriguing thing about the algorithm is that although the science underpinning it is new, the technique itself has been around for years. Take Alcoholics Anonymous. The program is all about tackling an enormous problem by setting modest goals — going to meetings, staying sober “one day at a time” — and continually verifying that you’re on track. Likewise with Weight Watchers: The idea is to impose a clear set of rules on the otherwise messy business of eating, and to keep checking in to ensure compliance.

The algorithm isn’t rocket science. People even stumble onto it on their own. People like Gerry Duffy, a 26-year-old Irishman who was heavier than he wanted to be. Every time he tried to lose weight, it came right back. Then one day he saw a particularly mortifying photo of himself and decided he had to get serious. He started taking a half-hour walk after dinner each night. In time, that half-hour became an hour. He started to feel fit, and that motivated him to eat better. He lost weight. He started to jog. As he became lean and strong he gained the confidence he needed to quit his job and start his own business. Today he is one of the world’s leading endurance athletes and winner of the U.K. Deca-Ironman Challenge, a competition that involves completing a triathlon every day for ten straight days. For Duffy, it now takes a lot of effort not to exercise every single day.

Duffy is just one random example. There are others like him all around — people who felt trapped by their behavior but managed to break free. They did it not by learning new habits, but by learning to change what they wanted.

This new way of looking at self-control is a bit more complicated and less intuitive than the standard angel-on-one-shoulder-devil-on-the-other view. But it’s worth the effort, because unlike the standard view, it allows us to hope — to imagine a state of being in which we can live life the way we want to without struggle. To Change Your Life for the better, for good.

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Get In The Mood For The Holiday Season!

December 3rd, 2016

As we head into another holiday season, many of us are struggling to find ways to keep things fresh, unique, exciting…don’t fret: we’ve got you covered! Stick with Danna Bananas and we’ll have you swimming in Christmas gift ideas, whether you’re shopping for him, looking for that unique something for her, or simply aiming to fill up a Christmas stocking.

Unique Christmas Gifts

Unique gifts are kind of our specialty, and we take special pride in our holiday offerings. Hosting a Christmas or New Year’s party? Why not flair things up a bit with an inflatable wreath? Set the mood and foreshadow the fun before your friends and family have even stepped through the door.

Inflatable Christmas Wreath for the Holiday Season

Novelty Decorations

But the fun needn’t stop at the door; once your guests are inside you can be sure to make a strong impression with a plaid reindeer puzzle plaque, for example! Just one of our many unique gifts on offer. Speaking of which: looking to decorate? Adorn? Spruce up? We’ve got unique and novel ideas for every aspect of your home — for your baking, or a home office, yard work — you name it.

Plaid Reindeer Puzzle Plaque for the Holiday Season

Fun for All Ages

It’s not all about Christmas parties, though; maybe what you’re after this holiday season is something to bring the family together? Check out Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Snowland, and make something beautiful happen! Better yet, check out our full selection of Gifts for Kids — everything from arts and crafts to the latest in wonderfully witty Winter fashion.

Snowland Rudolph Red Nosed Reindeer for the Holiday Season

Your Source for Unique Christmas Gifts This Holiday Season

Whatever this holiday season means to you and yours, we’re here for you; let’s make sure that this year ends with fun, surprise, and a good dose of holiday cheer!

Holiday Gift Guides

November 28th, 2016

The elves at Danna Bananas have been busy trying to figure out the funniest novelty Christmas gifts for all the boys and girls of the world. We are not the only ones looking for the next best unique gifts for all those people on your shopping list. The elves at Chatelaine Magazine and Rachael Ray Magazine have found a few fun gifts from Danna Bananas that they think are worthy of the most demanding shoppers so they have featured them in their holiday gift guides.

Chatelaine Holiday Gift Guides

Chatelaine Magazine has featured two fun kitchen gifts which will make the foodie on you holiday shopping list giddy with joy.

The Pasta Grande Silicone Kitchen Tools gift set was featured in Chatelaine’s, 20 Gifts That Foodies Will Love Holiday Gift Guide.

Pasta Grande Silicone Kitchen Tools Gift Set at Danna Bananas in Chatelaine's Holiday Gift Guide

The Chef Hero Chef Assistant was featured in  Chatelaine’s, 50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas Holiday Gift Guide.

Chef Hero Chef Assistant at Danna Bananaas in Chatelaine's Holiday Gift Guide

Rachael Ray Holiday Gift Guide

Not to be outdone the Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine has also featured a super fun gift in the pages of their December 2016 Holiday magazine. These napkins are sure make the DC comics geek in your life the happiest super hero you’ve ever seen. The DC Comics Dress Up Napkins were featured in the 51 Nifty Gifts for $50 or Less Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll need to pick up the magazine from your local store or check it out with your subscription to Texture to look at this list. Or you can just trust us!
DC Comics Dress Up Napkins at Danna Bananas in Rachael Ray's Holiday Gift Guide
Since these have unique holiday gifts were featured in national magazines they have been flying off of our shelves. So don’t hesitate to fill your virtual shopping cart with the hottest Christmas gifts of the year. Thanks to the elves at Chatelaine Magazine and Rachael Ray Magazine for featuring our funky little store in the pages of their awesome magazines!