It's Official: Bananas May Actually Go Extinct in the Near Future

Kelsey Clark

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to our Take 5 column, where we invite you to take a hump-day break with the week’s most revitalizing lifestyle stories. Ready for a breather?

Take 1: If banana bread is your favorite comfort food

We have some bad news: Apparently fruits can go extinct, and bananas may be next on the chopping block, thanks to three lethal fungal diseases. What scientists are calling a "banana armageddon" has already wiped out 40% of the world's banana crop, and it shows no signs of stopping. Most bananas are genetically the same, meaning that if one falls ill, they all could. 

Take 2: If you're considering an end-of-summer vacation

You might want to hold off for a few months: According to airfare app Hopper, flight prices are expected to fall across the board come autumn. Patrick Surry, Hooper's chief data scientist, predicts that domestic round-trip tickets will fall to a seasonal low of $213 each in October. 

Take 3: If you've been searching for the perfect, personalized gift

New home fragrance subscription service SCENT is the gift that keeps on giving. Based on personal preference, SCENT ships hand-selected contemporary candles right to your (or your best friend's) front door on a monthly or quarterly basis. Your mom, grandmother, or significant other will be forever grateful.

Take 4: If you and your S.O. can't stop fighting

Science says you should stop arguing and take a nap—seriously. According to a new study published in The Journal of Family Psychology, couples are actually happier with each other when they get a better night's sleep. (As if you needed another reason to take a mid-afternoon nap.)

Take 5: If you'll be welcoming a new family member soon

Moms-to-be, new prenatal app Babyscripts will make your life a whole lot easier. Created by healthcare experts Anish Sebastian and Juan Pablo Segura, Babyscripts is the first mobile app created for clinicians, not consumers. The app allows OB/GYNs to monitor their pregnant patients' progress and health remotely, putting you and your growing baby at ease in the process. 

Your afternoon pick-me-up:

This heat wave calls for a boozy wine ice cream float. Pick up vanilla ice cream, sparkling water, a jar of maraschino cherries, and a bottle of fruity red wine (we love this red blend from Dark Horse) for the perfect summertime treat. 

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