May 26, 2019

299 Bananas = New Stereo?

Can this be true?

In 1986, Silo (a chain of home electronics stores) ran a television commercial in 23 markets nationwide, offering stereos for “299 bananas.” They never thought anyone would take them at their word; after all, “banana” is a widely accepted, if playful, term for greenbacks. Who could possibly mistake one for the other? Thirty-two customers held the retailer to its unwitting word – they showed up bearing loads of the yellow fruit and demanding the store keep its end of the bargain.

Check it out at and find out what happened to all those bananas.