The (First World) Problem
We’ve all been there. Two bananas left on the banana hanger. You pick them up, rip off one for consumption, and then try to return the last one to the hanger. Except no banana hanger in the world can hang a single banana. You try to wedge it into the hook. You try to balance it on the top. No luck. Eventually, you give up and toss the banana on the counter.
Boom. Bruised banana. Thus is the fate of the last banana.
The (Revolutionary) Solution
This is the problem I attempted to solve as I stepped into the role of product developer. I came up with an elegantly simple solution — my design includes a notch into which a single banana stem can be easily wedged.
Though this whole idea started out as a joke (see my infomercial screenplay below), I actually put serious thought and effort into the designs and then registered for a provisional patent. I then put up a sell-sheet in the form of a website (linked below) which I could use to shop the idea around to various kitchen product manufacturers. I shopped it around, though no one was ultimately interested in licensing the idea. As usual, I’m so far ahead of my time that others cannot see my genius. ;)
Despite the idea not selling, it was a fun and educational experience.
Link: The Last Banana
I put together a single-page site to show off the idea to kitchen product companies.
This whole thing started as a joke. I even wrote a screenplay for a comical infomercial. After writing it, I thought that, though goofy, this could legitimately catch on and sell some product. I never did get around to actually producing the video, though, so let me know if you’re interested in working on this together. :)
Note: The screenplay was written back when the banana hanger was intended as an adapter rather than a stand-along solution. My, how far we’ve come since then! ;)