yes we have no bananas

Your random history bit for today:

“Yes, We Have No Bananas” became a protest song in Ireland in 1932, because it was one of the few times that Catholics and Protestants were protesting the same thing, and it was one of the few songs both sides knew that wasn’t about how much better their side was/how much they hated the other side.

Source: wiki, so, I dunno, don’t really quote me on this.  I’ve just had the song stuck in my head for an hour.


How to make a banana split.


Swedish is truly a beautiful language.


Roaring Twenties: Sam Lanin - Yes! We Have No Bananas, 1923 (by 240252)


Screen Songs - Yes! We have no bananas.(1930)

A series of cartoons based on songs. One of the first animated musicvideo’s.

Where did all the bananas go?

Inspired by the Bananas Foster entry, here is another post about a food song.

Spike Jones and his City Slicker is one of my favorite novelty bands. Before there was “Weird Al” Yankovic there was Spike Jones. He parodied classic songs of his era with the use of crazy voices, cowbells, gunshots and whistles.

“Yes, We Have No Bananas” was written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohen in 1922 and covered by Spike Jones in the 1940s. If you can trust Wikipedia, it says the song was inspired by a banana shortage brought on by a blight in Brazil. There are other claims to the origin, but I like the blight story.

Americans eat more bananas than any other fresh fruit. It’s definitely a favorite in our house when we need a snack. Could you imagine if yes, there were no bananas?

Watch on

Just because. Frustratingly misleading in its grammatical accuracy, this song is also the silliest thing, and we all know I love silly things. Pretty sure I’ve had it on a subconscious loop in my brain since Mr. Gostelli’s 5th grade home room where I was the only person in the class able to punctuate it properly.

I have no idea why.

This morning in my London flat

My flat mate is a 60 year old , blind man. He works as a lecturer at a near by university. He is incredibly well read, intellectual and arty. He is a good friend and a lovely person. 

This morning he woke me up at 7.30am by singing ‘YES WE HAVE NO BANANAS’ at the top of his voice in the hall outside my room. Ive got a chronic hangover.


Changing Climate, Changing Food: Chocolate-Covered Bananas

I’m eating chocolate right now. Chances are high that if I’m at my desk late at night (which I was (am?) while writing this and preparing it for publication), I’ll be eating chocolate. I love chocolate. I particularly prefer very dark chocolates with a high cocoa content, and I’ve recently gotten very into single origin chocolates. Yes, I am turning into a chocolate hipster. A chocster? I’m not…

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