10 weird things you didn’t know about bananas

    • Bananas are naturally slightly radioactive (thanks to their potassium content)—but the level of radiation is not high enough to cause harm


    • You can use the inside of a banana peel to clean and polish leather shoes.


    • Thanks to its oil, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite (or other bug bite) will help keep it from itching and getting inflamed.
Banana peel as a natural polish (http://www.australiantropicalfoods.com/index.php/2009/10/polish-your-shoes-with-banana-skins/)

Banana peel as a natural polish


    • If you rub the inside of a banana peel on a scrape or burn, it will help the pain go away, keep the swelling down, and keep the wound from getting infected.


    • Some cultures (most notably Japan) use the fibre in the banana plant to make fabric and sometimes even paper.


    • The belief that eating more than 6 bananas a day can kill you is actually a myth. In reality, it would be impossible to overdose on bananas. You would probably need around 400 bananas a day to build up the kind of potassium levels that would stop your heart beating. A healthy person can consume at least 7.5 bananas before reaching the recommended daily intake of potassium.


    • A man in India once ate 81 bananas in a half hour.



Can you eat more than 6 bananas in one sitting?

    • The phrase ‘going bananas’ was first recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary and is linked to the fruit’s comic connection with monkeys


    • The fastest marathon ever run by a competitor dressed as a fruit was 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 20 seconds recorded at the Barcelona Marathon on March 6, 2011. The runner was Patrick Wightman from the United Kingdom, who dressed as a banana.