Banana in my ear
The banana in my ear
genre of humor represents a prototypically American form of irony and chagrin, expressing both amusement and frustration with Catch-22
situations. The genre gets its name from the following joke, an exchange between two people:
- "Hey, you've got a banana in your ear!"
- "I said, YOU'VE GOT A BANANA IN YOUR EAR!"
- "What? I can't hear you; I've got a banana in my ear!"
The preposterous situation in which a person complains of being unable to hear helpful advice, because the advice he's not taking prevents
him from hearing it, has far-reaching implications in the fields of law