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Q: Hi! I have a question for your Q&A day on Wednesday.  The word “banana republic” was used today.  In watching an old movie called “breakout”, the protagonist had somehow crossed “chicata Banana” company.  Do you suppose this tag “banana republic” came from the banana company who gained hold of the SA countries with the help of CIA I suppose. Kate

Andy Hoffmans Answer:


That’s the beauty of the internet, as I found the answer to this question within seconds…

Per Wikipedia

American writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter 1862-1910) coined “banana republic” to describe the fictional Republic of Anchuria in the book Cabbages and Kings (1904),[3] a collection of thematically related short stories inspired by his experiences in Honduras between 1896 and 1897, when he was wanted in the United States for bank embezzlement.[

Q: I think that Greece might revert; not to the drachma but to the yuan. – Your thoughts?

Regards Bob 
Andy Hoffmans Answer:


Unless Greece is invaded by China, not a chance.

They are now a global pariah (actually, the first of many to come).  The rest of the world will distance themselves as far as possible.