Making Crap Up: “8 Myths About Bananas that Hollywood Wants You to Believe”

(Disclaimer: As usual, most – if not all – of the information in this story is totally made up.)

Hollywood likes to make crap up as much as I do, possibly moreso. From hoverboards to 50-foot tall women, the movies will make you believe anything. These films have even contaminated people’s ideas about bananas. For examples…

  • Unlike what they show in Glory, bananas helped the Union to win the Civil War – the potassium was harnessed to make saltpeter, thus creating more munitions than the Confederacy, thus winning the War. The war was not won, however, by Morgan Freeman. He came later.
  • In Toy Story 2, Al of Al’s Toy Barn is dressed as a chicken. He was originally dressed as a banana until Pixar learned it had run afoul of copyrights owned by the folks that did the “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” video.
  • You really can’t put a banana in the tailpipe to stop someone’s car from working, as Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) did in Beverly Hills Cop. However, you can stick a few potatoes up there to stop it from working. (This one’s true: see here.)
  • On the other hand, a misplaced banana peel was the reason for the static on Jodie Foster’s trip to Vega in Contact.
  • Arnold in Hey Arnold! was supposed to have a hairdo in the shape of a banana, to which, Helga Pataki would scream, “Move it, banana-brain!”; however, the NFL (using a sweetheart deal for MTV to run the halftime show, in which they showed Janet Jackson’s nipple) lobbied to have it changed to a football-head.
  • In The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson considered drifting away from the story by having Mr. Bean farm bananas instead of apples, but later reconsidered.
  • In Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother originally turns a banana into a carriage – but instead turns a pumpkin into a carriage.
  • The film Adaptation. was originally about bananas, then was changed to flowers at the very last minute.
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3 thoughts on “Making Crap Up: “8 Myths About Bananas that Hollywood Wants You to Believe”

  1. I could not believe the last one. It sounds bizarre; what possible similarties do bananas and flowers share? It seems I will have to watch this movie soon. Netflix at my service!

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