MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
In the 18th century, people would use pineapples as table decorations to proclaim their status. The pineapples were not for eating.
- Pineapples were seen as the most exotic fruit
- They didn’t grow naturally in Europe or the American colonies
- When entertaining guest, having a table stacked with impressive foods was seen as a status symbol
- A Pineapple was often afforded the central spot in the arrangement, sometimes put on an actual pedestal
MINI BION EXTRAS
- Pineapple is a natural painkiller. The fruit contains enzymes that can reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis and in this way bring pain relief
- Bette Midler worked as a pineapple chunker
- To mark the opening of his takeout pizza shop, Colin Helsby of Penmaenmawr, Wales, had a slice of ham-and-pineapple pizza tattooed on the back of his head
- King Louis XIV of France, having never seen one, tried to eat an unpeeled pineapple and severely cut his lips
“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.