The seemingly ancient Lou Costello and fruit/vegetable vendor Mr. Batchagalupe exchange at his cart from an Abbot & Costello TV show was brought to mind recently
when I heard a charter captain adamantly claim the “No bananas on my boat ever! It’s bad luck!”

Another captain present went even further, loudly boasting that “Not even Banana Boat tanning lotion is allowed on my boat. Nothing to do with bananas! Bad luck!”

Get our free mobile app

And so it went with tales of lost fish, failed motors, et al when it was discovered that a banana was on board.

You’re kidding, right?

Believe it or not, this superstition, which has more tentacles than a hydra as to its origin, remains incised in the minds of captains who have achieved their respective status through extensive and exhausting book knowledge and on the water performance and testing.

And yet, failures are blamed on an oblong yellow fruit?

From this corner, it sounds like an excuse should a banana be found among a client’s breakfast or lunch.

“The banana curse. That’s too funny,” opined a charter skipper while we were enjoying a dockside subs and suds after a morning bust ‘em up with sea bass, and a pair of keeper fluke added to the three limit larder. On the way in, while pulling a Wawa bag from a compartment that held two waters and two apples, two bananas spilled out. I’d forgotten I’d purchased the forbidden fruit for the simple reason that we like bananas as much as apples. The fishing was so fast that there was no chance to partake of the aqua or the fruit.

But success with a banana, much less two, on board?

Griped one anti-banana skipper when told of the experience, “You probably would have caught bigger fish if that thing (banana) wasn’t there!”

He wasn’t kidding. If memory serves, the veins in his temples were becoming all too obvious.

Absolutely respect the boat captain’s dictum when it comes to the yellow oblong fruit, the corollary being you have a valid question to ask should the fishing be, well, less than successful....with no banana(s) to blame!

LOOK: What are the odds that these 50 totally random events will happen to you?

Stacker took the guesswork out of 50 random events to determine just how likely they are to actually happen. They sourced their information from government statistics, scientific articles, and other primary documents. Keep reading to find out why expectant parents shouldn't count on due dates -- and why you should be more worried about dying on your birthday than living to 100 years old.

LOOK: Here are 25 ways you could start saving money today

These money-saving tips—from finding discounts to simple changes to your daily habits—can come in handy whether you have a specific savings goal, want to stash away cash for retirement, or just want to pinch pennies. It’s never too late to be more financially savvy. Read on to learn more about how you can start saving now. [From: 25 ways you could be saving money today]