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On this question, I'm seeing bananas in two of the comments:

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Am I going bananas?

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    It's a Unicode character: fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/1f34c/index.htm – Etienne de Martel Mar 7 '13 at 18:41
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    I see our robot has done well. – Mysticial Mar 7 '13 at 18:41
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    @Mysticial: is this robot, perchance, a monkey? – nneonneo Mar 7 '13 at 18:42
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    What's stupid is that minimum character limit – Cat Plus Plus Mar 7 '13 at 18:42
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    This sort of monkey business is not at all appeeling. – Josh Caswell Mar 7 '13 at 18:44
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    Is that a banana in your comment, or are you... – Andrew Barber Mar 7 '13 at 18:45
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    btw did you know that bananas are radioactive – Cat Plus Plus Mar 7 '13 at 18:46
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    @0A0D Careful, the first comment answers the question - correctly. – Daniel Fischer Mar 7 '13 at 18:47
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    ๐Ÿ’ + ๐ŸŒ = ๐Ÿ’• ! ๐Ÿ˜„ – nneonneo Mar 7 '13 at 18:47
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    @0A0D A comment correctly answering the question is constructive, isn't it? – Daniel Fischer Mar 7 '13 at 18:49
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    @DanielFischer: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19756/how-do-comments-work It's noise and before anyone says that its just my opinion, every one of those that I have flagged get deleted. They are also not constructive. Something like, "Yes, that was fixed in C# 3.0. What do you not understand about the API changes?", is better than "Yes <crap characters>" – Brian Mar 7 '13 at 18:51
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    Constructiveness is not a function of length – Cat Plus Plus Mar 7 '13 at 18:54
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    @0A0D No that's longer not better – Cat Plus Plus Mar 7 '13 at 18:54
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    @0A0D To be fair, "Yes, that was fixed in C# 3.0. What do you not understand about the API changes?" is less constructive than "Yes.๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ" because the former is provocative and flame bait. – Mysticial Mar 7 '13 at 18:58
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    "Yes.๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ" was clearly a constructive comment: the asker responded with "thx.๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ". Bananas offered, bananas accepted. – nneonneo Mar 7 '13 at 19:02
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Those are instances of U+1F34C ส™แด€ษดแด€ษดแด€. I use them as a filler in comments. I used to use U+2063 ษชษดแด ษชsษชส™สŸแด‡ sแด‡แด˜แด€ส€แด€แด›แดส€, but since some people complained they were seeing the invisible separators as squares, I switched to bananas. They also have the advantage of being represented in UTF-16 as surrogate pairs, and thus each counts as 2 for the 15-char limit.

They look like this on my system (Windows 7, Firefox):

Mac OS ships with some fonts with Apple extensions to OpenType that allow the use of colours in glyphs, and that's why you see them flashy like that.

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    And the moral is that SO is bad at counting length of Unicode strings – Cat Plus Plus Mar 7 '13 at 18:44
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    I still see squares, and please don't do that. – animuson Mar 7 '13 at 18:44
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    @animuson Get better browser and better fonts – Cat Plus Plus Mar 7 '13 at 18:44
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    Bananas are great and healthy. I think this sends a good message to the SO community in general. – user210920 Mar 7 '13 at 18:44
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    I see the bananas as squares on Chrome/OS X. I want to see these bananas! – ThinkingStiff Mar 7 '13 at 18:45
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    @ThinkingStiff Chrome doesn't do font fallback (yes, it's that bad). – rightfold Mar 7 '13 at 18:45
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    Yay for bananas! – Pekka supports GoFundMonica Mar 7 '13 at 18:52
  • 'tis short. – yo' Mar 7 '13 at 18:54
  • ^^ you see, I don't need bananas to make short comments ;) – yo' Mar 7 '13 at 18:54
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    Yep – Mysticial Mar 7 '13 at 19:00
  • Yes, yes, yes!! – R. Martinho Fernandes Mar 7 '13 at 19:00
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    ZWSP does not have carbohydrates. – R. Martinho Fernandes Mar 7 '13 at 19:12
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    @tohecz your "solutions" suck moar than bananas. It makes users try to clean their screen – PeeHaa Mar 7 '13 at 19:48
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    โ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ชโ€ช๐Ÿ‘Œ – tchrist Mar 7 '13 at 21:29
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    @CatPlusPlus Quite right: they do not count Unicode characters at all. They only count old-fashioned 16-bit code units. Itโ€™s a known bug. – tchrist Mar 7 '13 at 21:30
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It's shorthand for "flag this comment as noise so that it can be removed".

The banana itself is a reference to a famous theorem.

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    Wouldn't ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ be more apt? – nneonneo Mar 7 '13 at 23:42
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    No๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ – Doorknob Mar 7 '13 at 23:44
  • Does that apply to answers as well? – an angle-bracketed arachnid Jun 21 at 3:10

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