14.4.10

IT HAS A-PEEL

It has been a close call but the future
of the world’s largest banana museum
has finally been secured.

‘Top banana’ Ken Bannister has painstakingly
gathered some 17,000 banana-related exhibits
but it all went pear-shaped when he was
turfed out of his premises in January.

He put the likes of his banana-shaped golf putter
and banana tent in storage and thought it was
time to split – until fellow fruit loop Fred
Garbutt saw his a-peel on eBay and
stumped up £30,000
for the collection.

He runs an off-licence and hopes to
drum up business by launching the
‘Intern­ational Banana
Museum’ next door.


Californian Mr Bannister, who started the
Guinness World Records-approved collection
in 1972, is confident he has found the
best custodian, and hopes for a
smoothie transition.


Mr Garbutt, the ‘big banana’, has ambitious
plans. "We’re going to add to the collection,
we’re going to sell banana-leaf wallpaper
and make banana-printed
clothes for kids," he said.

Fancy visiting some other bizarre museums?
How about the
Barbed Wire Museum in Kansas?
Or the
British Lawnmower Museum
in Southport,Lancashire.

Or
Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri.
Fancy looking at some pens? Well, the

Cumberland Pen Museum is just the ticket.
Old washing machines?
Antique Washing
Machine Museumin Eaton,
Colorado, does the job.


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