Banana Case Becomes FAHS Celebrity for a Day

Posted on June 17, 2019 by


What’s yellow and looks like a banana? You might think it’s a banana, but you’d be wrong. It’s Mr. Houp’s banana case.

English teacher Mr. Zachary Houp acquired the holder at a Tupperware party in 2013. He needed a new one after his previous one was either broken or stolen by his mother. The current banana case is more durable than the previous, which Mr. Houp is very happy about.

“Earth-shatteringly jealous” and “awed” is how Houp describes anyone who’s seen it.

“Somebody asked what was on my desk in first period one day,” Houp said.  “A picture then found its way on to social media, and for the rest of the day students were asking me about it–even students I’d never met before!”

Houp says his best memory with the beloved case was that there was a time when he dropped his banana, and he was concerned about the bruises it might cause, but then he remembered it had a case, so it was nothing to be concerned about.

“If you consistently eat bananas, (the holder) is an indispensable tool towards preserving the fruit,” Houp said.

Now, some facts on bananas:

  1. Bananas are less dense than water, which causes them to float.
  2. Bananas are among the most common fruits eaten by Americans.
  3. The plants that bananas grow on are actually considered to be herbs.
  4. A banana is scientifically classified as a berry.
  5. Bananas produce serotonin in your body, which can act as a mood enhancer.
  6. Bananas grown before the 1960s are different from the bananas we eat today. This is a result of “the Panama disease,” which wiped out most of the bananas. We now eat Cavendish bananas.
  7. Bananas reduce blood pressure due to its high potassium content.
  8. The inside of a banana peel can aid in reducing itchiness caused by bug bites or poison ivy.
  9. Eating a banana before working out can lead to a better workout, once again due to high potassium, which allows more nerve and muscle function.
  10. Bananas share about half of their DNA with humans.

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