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by Mark Corroto
In a classic Monty Python comedy sketch, John Cleese, a self-defense instructor, teaches various techniques to disarm an attacker who comes at his victims armed with a piece of fruit. The students dissent, but Cleese runs down a list of lethal weapons including grapes, apples, grapefruit (whole and segments), pomegranates, etc. The pupils bored refrain, we done them," to which Cleese yelps, How about a banana?"Like the defense class, listeners might protest at the thought of yet another ...read more