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March 14, 2017

"They Call Me Mellow Yellow"

Wherever the hoax originally started,
it was a short piece in a March 1967 issue of the counterculture magazine Berkeley Barb that seems to have kicked off the wider craze. In his column “Folk Scene,” the writer Ed Denson presented a “Recipe of the week,” where he described a method of preparing banana peels for smoking by scraping out the white pith and drying it out in an oven before rolling it up in a joint. Densen reported that he’d heard about the recipe from members of the band Country Joe and the Fish, which he also managed. The lead singer of the band also claims to have been a father of the banana-smoking craze, having passed out 500 banana joints at one of their concerts.Smoking Banana Peels Is the Greatest Drug Hoax of All Time | Atlas Obscura

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 14, 2017 12:40 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I remember the banana hoax. It was a great time to be young and part of the changing times. I went to Chicago and someone handed me a flyer for 'Rising up Angry'. I had no idea what that was about

Posted by: bgarrett at March 15, 2017 3:46 AM

I was way too old to fall for the banana peel scam. I cut my smokin' teeth on Catalpa pods. (And I never smoked anything after a few of them, not braggin', just sayin'.)

Posted by: billH at March 15, 2017 7:21 AM

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