Baniwi

A video claiming that you can create a hybrid kiwi banana fruit is an old April Fool's Day joke.

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Claim: Gardeners can create a hybrid kiwi banana fruit by planting a piece of a banana and a piece of a kiwi in the same pot.

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Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2016]

There is this video going viral on facebook of a man slicing the top off a banana and a kiwi in half and pressing the two together. He then plants them in a pot of soil and waters them. The pot is shown to grow green vines and then the man pulls a whole banana out of the soil and cuts it in half to reveal a kiwi core. This is likely a hoax but a snopes affirmation that this is a hoax would help put this silly roomer to bed.

Origin:On 13 March 2016, the Facebook page Foods Around posted a video purportedly showing a "banana kiwi fruit":

Banana Kiwi fruitAwesome ...

Posted by Foods Around on Sunday, March 13, 2016

The above-displayed video, which was shared more than 500,000 times within the first few days of its initial posting, purportedly shows a man creating a "banana kiwi fruit" by planting a piece of a banana alongside a piece of a kiwi in a pot.

This video, however, isn't real. The Facebook clip is actually a small segment of a video that was shared by the YouTube channel Kin Community on 1 April 2014. In addition to the video's upload date (April Fool's Day), the original footage included a special parting message from the banana-kiwi fruit's creator:

I do hope you give this project a try. Experiment with the clippings of fruit and vegetables you use ever day to  see what sort of fruit hybrids you can create.

Thank you so much for watching. I want to wish you a very happy April Fool's Day. And join me next time for an actual DIY.

The video's description on YouTube also offered a not-so-subtle hint that the "baniwi" was a hoax:

New fruit hybrids are often a hit and miss process of experimentation and results are not guaranteed. However, if you are able to successfully grow the beautiful banana and kiwi combination demonstrated in this video, we recommend you proceed directly to your corner market and purchase a lottery ticket. Wishing you a very happy April Fool's Day!

 

Last updated: 17 March 2016

Originally published: 17 March 2016

Featured Image: YouTube

Dan Evon is a Chicago-based writer and longtime truth enthusiast. His work has appeared somewhere, and he earned a degree at the University of His Choosing. His exploration of Internet truth has been supported by grants from the Facebook Drug Task Force.


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