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Beano Superstars – Eric Wimp

The ordinary boy with an extraordinary secret

Beano Team
Last Updated:  December 1st 2021

I absolutely love everything about bananas. The taste, the smell, the colour and the 358mg of potassium per 100g. I actually just read that in a book about bananas. I even have a telephone which is bright yellow, just like my favourite fruit. 

When I eat a banana, I feel much better, but that’s all I have to say about that. I’d actually much rather eat a banana than one of my mum’s sandwiches. I used to feed them to Crow – that’s how he became my best friend!

But I love bananas so much – and the fact I live such a peaceful life free of any exciting moments – I’ve done some research about them and found out some amazing facts which I’d like to share with you below.

 • Bananas float in water, just like apples and rubber ducks. I wouldn’t take one in the bath, unless I wanted a healthy snack. 

 • There’s a Banana Club Museum in California. Inside, there’s over 17,000 banana-themed items. That sounds like my kind of museum. 

 • Some people say that if you have a headache, rubbing some banana peel on your forehead might help it go away. I tried that once and forgot to take it off before I left the house. I wondered why people were staring at me when I went to school.

 • Bananas have a scientific name, which is musa sapientum. It means fruit of the wise men. Dunno why, though. 

 • Here’s my favourite banana fact. There was a man in East Dundee in Illinois – that’s in the United States of America! – called Patrick Bertoletti, who ate 8 peeled bananas in one minute. I bet he was full after that. I certainly wouldn’t try that at home. I might turn into a superhero or something. 

That’s probably enough banana facts now. Read on below for facts about me, instead! 

I think I can hear the telephone ringing, so I’d best answer it…

Eric Wimp Fact File

Name: Eric Wimp

Age: 9

Birthday: 16th February

Best friend: Crow

Worst enemy: General Blight and Doctor Gloom

Prized possession: The Bananaphone, which Police Chief O'Reilly uses to get in touch with Eric when he needs Bananaman's help

Motto: "Ever alert for the call to action!"

Super skill: Keeping his secret identity hidden

Family: Mum

Address: 29 Acacia Road

Fact: Crow and Eric are friends because before he was Bananaman, Eric used to feed Crow his mum's disgusting sandwiches!