Brooke Kroeger and Cary Abrams have an article in the Local East Village
analyzing the Great Banana-Smoking Hoax of 1967 -- in which a rumor spread alleging that you could get high by smoking bananas. Or rather, get high by smoking "bananadine," created by scraping the inside of a banana peel, boiling the residue, then drying out the residue and rolling it into a joint.
They try to get to the bottom of who started the rumor. One contender is the staff of the East Village Other
magazine. Another theory has the singer Donovan as the instigator, through his song Mellow Yellow
. Or perhaps it was the singer Country Joe.
Kroeger and Abrams think Country Joe is the most likely original source of the rumor, though they concede that "the Great Banana Smoking Hoax has many mothers."
Whoever started the rumor, it eventually had the great effect of inspiring the federal government to study bananas to determine any psychedelic properties they might have. Just in case bananas might have to be added to the list of controlled substances.