Watchout! Shameless and Sickening

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While walking in Oakland on March 23, Bob nearly soiled his new shoes with this rat-shaped, retch-inducing mess. We will never know what really happened here.

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Watchout! Alien Invasion

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An unnatural shadow fell across the San Fernando Valley at 2:44 PM on February 21.

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A Death Star lay damaged among the clovers, at the foot of the Eleven Palms apartment complex.

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An alien creature lay mangled nearby, thrown clear of the wreck. His compatriots evidently escaped, and have probably dispersed across the Valley. Watchout!

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Watchout! Look Both Ways

“Guess it didn’t look both ways”, said Jane, who spotted this treacherous tragedy in the crosswalk at Lombard and Powell in San Francisco,, on February 6.

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Watchout! Fallen Fruit

Resembles a dancer

The once-graceful form of a fallen fruit.

While collecting wood beetles on the grounds of the Falkirk Mansion in San Rafael on February 5, Bob was dismayed to find he was not alone. Frozen in an eternal pirouette, this haunting figure still holds some of the grace and glamour of the olden days.

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Watchout! No Cash Paid for Ideas or Translations

“Untouched. Unmoved”, claimed Ed, who spotted this poetic arrangement on Lakeshore Ave in Oakland, Jan. 29. When questioned further, he quickly scurried away.

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Watchout! BART Seats

Justine caught this slippery character in the act on Bart, November 19.

BART just removed the last of its appalling cloth seats, replacing them with seats that can be more easily sponged off. But don’t let your guard down just yet… Justine caught this slippery character lurking on November 19.

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Watchout! Man Discovers Hive of Peels at Local Home Improvement Store

Bob spotted this shocking scene in Home Depot on New Year's Day.

Local craftsman Bob spotted this shocking scene in Home Depot on New Year’s Day.

Local craftsman Bob made a New Year’s resolution to clear out the termites in his home. He dragged himself to Home Depot to get some supplies, when he came upon something even worse – a seething nest of peels, waiting for him in his cart! He did the right thing and contacted us. Let this be a lesson to always check your cart before using it.

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Watchout! on the streets of LA

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Spotted at 11:03 AM on December 6. Despicable.

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We can only speculate as to what happened here on December 20, but it looks like some unlucky bird wasn’t fast enough to escape the jaws of this slimy beast.

 

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Watchout! Peels in the Fall

This season yielded a healthy crop of peels. They thrive in the fall months because they can blend in with the leaves and banana slugs on the ground. Keep your eyes peeled, lest you slip and fall!

From the debris around this partial peel, I suspect a Tasmanian devil.

From the debris around this partial peel, I suspect a Tasmanian devil.

A cruel Halloween trick outside Green Apple Books in San Francisco.

A cruel Halloween trick outside Green Apple Books in San Francisco.

Thanks to Joey for spotting this slick and twisted reject on Zoe St, on Nov. 8.

Thanks to Joey for spotting this slick and twisted reject on Zoe St, on Nov. 8.

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Local Visionary: Interview with Psychic Reader Annabel

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Annabel tells the fortune of Veronica Bee, of the Neighborhood Hoarders’s Association.

Q: What was your first psychic vision?

A. I was 6. I was on the monkey bars and I was struck with a vision of my teacher, Miss Wright, prostrate on the sidewalk.  Not long afterward, Miss Wright slipped on a banana peel outside Safeway! That’s when I started telling fortunes at recess in exchange for stickers. Now I charge $10.

Q. Can you see people’s secrets?

A. Yes! Simple things, like I know you have a tattoo of a rat on your lower back.

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Annabel predicts that the neighborhood will improve soon.

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Watchout! Report from Marin

Bob spotted this one on Irwin Street in San Rafael.

A source spotted this slippery specimen on Irwin Street in San Rafael. “Sticker in very good shape”, he reports.

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Believe it or not…

Here at watchoutbananapeel, we care about more than just wayward fruit rinds. We also explore universal, sometimes difficult issues, in the hope that lost souls can find some comfort here.

We're not simply a public safety awareness site. We also explore essential questions about the human experience.

Some of the issues that we care about.

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Watchout! Heat wave

During a heat wave in LA, it's so hot you can fry a peel on the sidewalk. This one was a little too close to home, on Cromwell Ave.

During a heat wave in LA, it’s so hot you can fry a peel on the sidewalk. This one was a little too close to home, on Cromwell Ave.

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Seen: Shucking corn on Sunset Blvd

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His mama thinks he’s special. So do I…And that’s the truth. But what will he do with the corn husks when he’s done? Corn silk can pose a hazard to pedestrians.

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Watchout! Peels on the Crags

Watchoutbanapeel originated in London, where banana peels seemed to sprout directly from the sidewalk like weeds, despite the desperate efforts of street sweepers to pluck them with their long tongs. Here in Edinburgh, the peel patrol is better able to deal with the pests, but they still pop up in some very adventurous places!

Properly disposed of, on Nicolson Street.

Properly disposed of, on Nicolson Street.

July 23, late evening, on the path in Holyrood Park.

July 23, late evening, on the path in Holyrood Park.

Spotted this cleanly sliced peel on the hike up to Arthur's Seat. What happened to the other half? Watchout!

Spotted this cleanly sliced peel on the hike up to Arthur’s Seat. What happened to the other half? Watchout!

And to top it all off, as if it's not hazardous enough at the top of the Salisbury Crags, with the merciless Scottish wind, somebody left THIS at the very top of Arthur's Seat!

And to top it all off, as if it’s not hazardous enough at the top of the Salisbury Crags, with the merciless Scottish wind, somebody left THIS at the very top of Arthur’s Seat!

Another view from the top of the crags.

Another view from the top of the crags.

 

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Watchout: Catching up with the Peel Patrol

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Backup Plan

If all else fails, you need to have a backup plan. And if that falls through too, don’t worry! You still have options.

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Femme Fatale

Revive old family sasparilla business

Revive the old family sasparilla business

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Street Style Blogger

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Invalid

Rely on Wishful Thinking

Rely on Wishful Thinking

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Flashback: peels from the past

Today we continue to follow the trail of peels back in time, featuring some notable sightings from late 2013/early 2014.

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Watchoutbananapeel is back!

I bet you’re wondering what happened to me. I bet you lay awake at night wondering where I was. Maybe you slipped on a peel or two since I wasn’t here to warn you. Sorry about that…. Anyway, watchoutbananapeel is back! Follow this trail of peels to retrace my steps for the past year.

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I was probably on my way to Walgreens when I spotted this artfully nibbled PB&J crust and accompanying peel. July 25, at 3:50 PM, near Point Lobos.

7.27.13 555.23pm it was saturday

July 27, 2013, 5:55PM. As I recall, I was walking with a friend near Nob Hill, talking about face oil and its surprising benefits for the complexion.

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August 1, 8:56 AM, Geary and Taylor. I remember this moment well: waiting for the 38 Geary outside Walgreens.

8.1.13 7-45-38 PM downtown

Later that day at 7:45 PM, I must have been out to dinner or something when I spotted this shrunken peel amid the wandering footprints of some disoriented bird. Looks like the bird managed to escape a nasty slip!

8.2.13. 412pm clement? what did i do that day?

August 2, 4:12 PM. Took the day off and spotted these suspicious characters lurking under a parklet on Clement.

8.3.13 1-06-23 PM it was saturday so what was i doing?

August 3, 1:06 PM. It was a Saturday, so what was I doing? This trash can looks familiar, but I can’t remember.

August 8, 10:35 AM. It was a Thursday, so I was probably on my way to the dentist.

August 8, 10:35 AM. It was a Thursday, so I was probably on my way to the dentist.

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