In the famous Monty Python sketch embedded above, the students did not take their self-defense instructor seriously. He went to great pains to teach them how to defend themselves against attackers who were wielding various types of fruit. In this class, John Cleese's character showed them precisely how to deal with a banana-armed assailant.
But police officers in Carbon County, Pennsylvania were not as careless as Cleese's students. When they pursued accused shoplifters through a Walmart, they faced the horrifying spectacle of banana projectiles. WNEP news describes the desperate encounter:
Troopers report Rehrig threw a bunch of bananas at an employee and left the store with a television and a vacuum cleaner.
The officers escaped injury--thanks to their training--but the accused shoplifters escaped the scene.
-via Dave Barry