For the past year, I've been documenting found banana peels. Once you start looking, you'll see these comedic interventions everywhere. It seems to be the only fruit casing people are happy to discard. To my delight, it's one of comedy's greatest slapstick cliches.
I'm yet to catch anyone in the act of discarding a peel, but I can't wait for the day that I do. I have so many questions: For starters, am I right to assume people have no shame when they cast off a banana peel? Or do people look around before they toss them to ensure they aren't caught in the act? Do people think they bio-degrade and are therefore not a form of litter? Did people forget that banana peels are a great slipping hazard?
Every time I see a banana peel I'm also reminded of the wise Nora Ephron. She once said in a New York Times interview, “When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you, but when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh.” So if you do fall victim to a comedic intervention, get up, and then go tell someone about it.