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Driving me Bananas

Posted by Al on November 13, 2003

In Reply to: Driving me Bananas posted by Harold on November 13, 2003

: : Nobody laugh but I have been going nuts driving to find the origin of the phrase "Driving me Bananas" Someone brought up the challenger and I have been looking ever since. If anyone could help me with this I would be very greatful. Thank you

: Try being 'grateful' you may have more luck. However, perhaps when 'driven Bananas' one behaves like a monkey and degenerates into an angry, confused and gibbering wreck of ones former self - or perhaps not.

Back during the (I've forgotten, 1940's, '50's perhaps.). there was a brief fad of smoking banana peal. It was widely and briefly believed to be a cheap high. I first heard "Driving me Bananas" during or shortly after that curious fad. The phrase could be much older and resurrected about that time.