Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Nov 13 12:34:22 UTC 2001

That would be 1970's; I don't know doodly-squat about science fiction.


>Lots of other fruit and vegetable names like this. My favorite was a
>19780's (perhaps earlier) Polish riddle:
>Q. Why is a Pole like a radish.
>A. Because he has only a thin layer of red on the outside.
>>Thus 1970s UK 'bananas', corrupt policemen, because 'they're 'yellow, bent
>>[i.e. corrupt] and hang around in bunches'. There are other negative puns on
>>banana, e.g. the term for an Asian who has adopted Western values and is
>>'yellow on the otuside and white within' (a la 'apple' and 'oreo'). The
>>exception is 1950s Australia's 'banana', a one-pound note which is,
>>apparntly 'sweet and acceptable'.
>>Jonathon Green
Dennis R. Preston
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