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This guy is bananas -- and that's a compliment

June 12, 2010 |  8:13 am

To some, Fred Garbutt is already a hero: he's the guy who saved what the Guinness Book of World Records calls the largest museum on Earth dedicated to a single fruit. Sure, there are carrot, apple, corn and onion museums. There's even another banana museum, in Washington state. But no other is as big or as famous as the International Banana Museum. Read more here about "The Bananister" and his unusual obsession:

Fred Garbutt fills his car with banana paraphernalia. He bought 17,000 of the kitschy items from a former banana-museum owner on EBay and plans to display them in a former pub next to his family's liquor store in La Quinta. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2009)