Posted November 29, 2018 12:06:10 When I was a kid I would watch television with my Dad and he would explain to us the characters that were on television.
And the most common one was the banana fish.
I would go to a shop and pick out a banana fish to show Dad and ask him which character he was thinking of.
And he would tell me that there were many different banana fish characters.
And I would think, “I can’t believe they’ve made that up!”
And I remember going into the supermarket with my parents and going to the checkout counter, and they had banana fish on the shelves, and my dad would be like, “Oh my god, I can’t see any of those bananas.”
I remember my mum was like, I think you should ask the manager!
So I went into the store and said, “Can I get a bananafish?”
And they said, yeah, you can.
And so I got a banana and started to eat it, and it was really good.
And it was a lot easier than the fish.
My dad bought me a banana, too, so I could do it again.
It was just a case of eating a banana.
My first bananafish was at the supermarket.
But this time, I got one for myself, and I ate it, too.
And there was a banana in there.
And as I’m eating it, I realised it’s not a banana: it is a banana-shaped fish.
It’s very big, it has a yellow belly, and there’s an extra fish inside, like a banana with banana on it.
And they just went, “Yes, it’s a banana.”
But they didn’t have a name for it, either.
And that’s when I realised, it was all a big hoax.
So I made a banana fruit and put it in the freezer.
So it was an even bigger hoax than the banana.
But I made it a lot bigger, too – a big banana-fish.
So you can see how easy it is to make a hoax, right?
And I didn’t want to stop eating it.
So, when I got older, I started making a bunch of bananas with banana in them.
I wanted to do something with the banana fruit.
And then, one day, I went out and I started eating a bunch.
And, lo and behold, it became a banana of my own.
And one day I realised there were so many of them in the supermarket, and so many bananas.
And my dad was like “Oh, my God, there are so many banana fruit in the world!”
And that was my introduction to bananas.
So the banana is a big part of my identity.
I’ve never thought of myself as a banana person, but now that I’m an adult, I know I’m not alone.
So we will be going into a whole different world, in a very, very different way.
You can listen to the ABC Radio National Breakfast program, which was broadcast on Thursday November 28, 2018 at 12:00:30 GMT, on ABC Radio.
You’ll hear from an array of experts and experts in the field, including Professor David Nutt, former chief executive of the National Obesity Forum, Professor Stephen Capp, Professor of Public Health and Senior Scientist at the Australian National University, Professor Tom Stott and Professor John Kelly.
More to come.