A creationist used the shape and appearance of the banana as proof of intelligent design. He later retracted his statements upon learning that bananas are a result of artificial selection by humans.
A hoax propagated since the 1960s claims that a psychoactive substance, bananadine, can be extracted from banana peels.
The reason today’s artificial banana flavoring for candy tastes so differently than an actual banana is because it is based on the Gros Michel Banana, which was nearly wiped out in the 50’s due to a fungus. The bananas we eat today are from the Cavendish family.
In 1986 an electronics store chain made good on its offer to sell stereos for “299 bananas” when customers turned up with the fruit as payment.
The bananas we buy in stores and supermarkets are genetically identical clones, all descended from one banana. These bananas are seedless and sterile; natural bananas are short, fat, and have huge seeds.
The banana contains naturally occurring radioactive potassium and is the most radioactive fruit.
Human DNA is 50% the same as bananas.
The sweet yellow bananas we all know are actually a mutant strain discovered in 1836.
Banana ketchup is popular in the Philippines.