} Back in the days of the earliest vaudeville shows, there once was a
} performer named Larry "Avacado" Stubing. Avacado rose to prominance
} very quickly performing, originally, in the smaller theaters of New
} York City, and later becoming very famous on Broadway. People would
} come for miles and miles to see him perform. He had a truly great act
} based on the use of vegetables and fruits for gags. Unfortunately,
} that was all he could do, and eventually people tired of this. As time
} went on, the reaction of the crowds to his act got to be as lousy as
} the stench of his rotting fruit. Avacado started drinking heavily,
} and was completely unable to write any new material for his act.
} He ended up on the street, begging for coins so that he could buy
} more liquor. He would try short bits from his act on strangers on
} the street, and they would avoid or verbally abuse him for it. As his
} props rotted away, all that remained was a single banana, now a slimy,
} black, smelly version of its former self. Avacado was left with a
} single old, tired joke that compared the banana to the male sex organ,
} and with that particular banana, the joke just wasn't funny anymore.
} As it happened, the last time he tried that joke and got nothing but
} rude retorts for it, he just dropped the banana on the ground and tried
} to get away. One of the spectators harshly shoved him, and he stepped
} back, and stepped on the banana, that was now a rotting, slimy mess on
} the ground. Needless to say, Avacado slipped on the banana, and fell,
} unfortunately injuring himself very badly. Since everyone watching
} this completely hated him, they all thought this was very, very funny
} and laughed at him for several minutes. Avacado's injuries were so
} severe, and nobody came to help him, that after a short time of lying
} on the ground with broken bones and internal bleeding, he finally died.
} But he went to his grave utterly convinced that he had revived his
} career, and would have risen to stardom again, if he could only get up.
} Reports of the incident spread like wildfire through the vaudeville
} community, and as a tribute to this once-great comedian, other
} performers started including the banana-peel-slipping gag in their
} acts. Everyone knew why they did this, and would laugh, not because
} it was funny, but to honor the memory of Avacado Stubing, who gave
} his life trying to make people laugh.
} So, you see, the banana-peel-slipping gag isn't really funny; it's
} done as a tribute to a true innovator in the field of physical humor.
} I'm surprised you didn't know that.
} You owe the Oracle a banana. Just don't leave it on the floor.