Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Facts about bananas
1) In the 1980s, a home electronics store held a $299 sale on expensive stereo equipment. In the television advertisement, a wacky spokesman said the stereos were only "299 bananas." Thirty-two customers took them at their word, and entered the store with 299 bananas each in exchange for the stereos. The store owners were good sports about it, and allowed these customers to purchase the stereos with bananas. The bananas were donated to a local zoo, but the zoo would only take 1,000 of the bananas. A zoo spokesman was quoted as saying, "Most of our animals like them, but we can't just give them bananas in uncontrolled amounts."
2) I was raised Catholic. Every year in my home state of Nebraska, the Catholic Church held a statewide youth event for junior high and high school kids that featured activities, events, speeches, presentations, and a big dance. This event was called "Going Bananas for Jesus."
3) Woody Allen's movie "Bananas" is a hell of a lot funnier than Woody Allen's movie "Interiors."
4) In Lithuania, it is a symbol of patriotism and good luck to keep a banana in the right front pocket of a winter coat.
*One of these banana facts is not true. Can you guess which one? Win a banana!