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Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

When I eat fruit, it is usually a banana. I am not sure why. They are easy and convenient, and they are apparently good for you, too.

Bananas are rich in nutrients with a fair amount of fiber and several antioxidants including flavonoids and amines and other things I can’t spell. They are also a great source of potassium, a mineral that’s vital for heart health, blood pressure management and healthy kidney function. And with only 100 or so calories, they are also quite filling.

But what does it mean to “go bananas,” and where did that phrase come from? When we use the phrase, we typically mean someone has lost his or her mind, or, in a kinder sense, has become excited or angry. I prefer “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs,” but that’s just me.

Some of you may recall the 1987 movie, “Going Bananas,” starring David Mendenhall, Dom DeLuise and Jimmie Walker. The plot involved these three trying to save a talking chimp called Bonzo from the bad guys. If you missed it, don’t worry; you didn’t miss much.
I subscribed to a magazine as a kid in the 1970s called Bananas, which was published by Scholastic, Inc. as an attempt to cash in on the teen magazine craze of the time and featured stars from “Three’s Company,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Welcome Back, Kotter” “Starsky & Hutch” and more. I loved it.

The “going bananas” phrase and modern meaning likely stem from 1960s American college campuses. The phase is believed to have evolved from the then-popular phrase “going ape,” which also meant “to go crazy, to explode with anger or to erupt with enthusiasm.”

Dan Koeppel, author of the book “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World,” wrote that “going bananas” might have arisen from the collegiate myth that one could get high by smoking banana peels.

No bananas, and certainly not exploding with anger, but Neil Sedaka even sang about “going ape” a few years earlier in his 1959 single, “I Go Ape.”

“Going bananas” was meant to be funny, but it also apparently had a dark and unflattering usage in the 1930s when the expression was used to refer to sexually perverted individuals.

Now you know. Go bananas. Or not.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


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Headlines & Scores

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FROM KCCI: A new metro emergency alert system rolls out this week

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A new Des Moines metro-area emergency alert system rolls out this week, but you must sign up to receive the life-saving notifications. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: FBI enters search for Iowa woman last seen in September

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — Sioux City Community Policing Sergeant Thomas Gill told KCAU 9 that the FBI has gotten involved in the search for Brenda Payer. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA said that 36-year-old Brenda Payer, of Sioux City, was last seen dropping off a relative’s vehicle at the McDonald’s. ....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa candidates for governor clash on abortion, education

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and her Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear clashed on several issues, including abortion policy and school funding on Monday. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Home Improvement Company
1. Renewal By Andersen
2. Home Solutions of Iowa
3. JCorp Design Build



Meet Carrie Ratliff

Makes move to district and to assistant principal role.

By T.K. West

Carrie Ratliff and her husband lived in southwestern Iowa before attending Iowa State University for their undergraduate work then finding jobs in central Iowa. When COVID-19 and the ensuing quarantine hit, she decided it was a good time to go back to school in order to obtain her administrative license to become a school principal.

Ratliff has now entered her first year with the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District where she serves as an assistant principal for Morris Elementary School.

“My favorite thing about being an educator is that we are the only profession that has a
fresh start to each year. I love engaging with the students and the love and humor that
they bring with them,” Ratliff says.

... Read More In the September issue of Bondurant Living magazine.

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Morning Chuckle
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SPIRIT LAKE! Jolene Goodman
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