"Strange thoughts brew in your heart when you spend too much time with old books." (Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger)

Monday, March 21, 2011

The amazing powers of the African mango! It will blow off the pounds and BLOW YOUR MIND!!

What comes to your mind when I write "strange fruit?"

An African horned cucumber?

Or a lynching? I think of lynchings. The Billie Holiday song is too firmly etched in my mind, and I don't think I'm the only one. When I googled "strange fruit" this is what I got:


So when I saw this headline ad at the bottom of a news page I was reading, I was taken aback. Tacky tacky tacky. I can only hope the copy writer in question is clueless. Like maybe it's a term this person knows is a popular culture term, but doesn't really know why, and so applied it unconsciously, thinking it pithy and eye-catching. Cause if the person used it to be pithy and eye catching on purpose, then I will need to hurl.

How about weird fruit? Exotic fruit?  Any of those headlines is stupid, however, because (besides their possible ethnocentricism) we're talking about a frikking mango. And be it from Africa or my back yard, I refuse to believe it has magical weight loss powers.

I'd like to try that cucumber, though.


widdershins said...

I think that Billie Holiday would go right past some people these days, they've been so smoothed off by decades of bubble-gum music as a mainstream style.

London Mabel said...

Then someone needs to sing Strange Fruit on GLee! Or American Idol!


widdershins said...

Bwhahahah .... Oooh that is so wicked!

Happy Wanderer said...

I dunno - Strange Fruit seems to have no other definition to me other than what's described in BH's song... then again, I am not 18!

Daniel Spicer said...

Wow..For me it is different kind of information..I don't think so you will definitely loose your weight through a mango..!!

african mango


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