“Go bananas” is slang and the origin is a bit hard to pin down. It became popular in the 50s, around the same time as “go ape” was a common expression, so there might be some association between apes, bananas and crazy behaviour…?
Chinese myth tells of rice being a gift from an animal rather than a god. And no other animal than a dog! Could this be the secret to why GOD reads backwards like a DOG? China had been visited by serve period of floods. When the land finally drained, people came down from the hills where they had taken refuge, only to discover that all the plants had been destroyed and there was nothing left to eat. They survived through hunting, but it was very difficult, because also animals were scarce. Then one day the people saw a dog coming across a field, and hanging on the dog’s tail were bunches of long, yellow seeds. The people planted these seeds and rice grew and hunger disappeared.
Members of Columbus’ expedition in 1492 were the first Europeans to eat sweet potatoes.
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